Spanish political parties commit to resume funding to Global Fund

In a discussion session organized by the Spanish development NGO Oxfam Intermón, representatives from the largest political parties, including the social-democrat Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), the conservative Popular Party (PP), and the left-wing Podemos, said that Spain should come back as a donor of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). 

In addition to that, according to an article published by the newspaper El País, the PSOE and Podemos called for Spain’s official development assistance (ODA) to increase to 0.5% of its gross national income (GNI) by the end of the next term of office, in 2023. This commitment appears in both parties’ electoral manifestos. While the PP’s manifesto underlines the importance of strengthening Spain’s engagement towards the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, it does not make any reference to increasing ODA.

News article – El País

Electoral manifesto – PSOE

Electoral manifesto – PP

Electoral manifesto – Podemos

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Spanish prime minister declares ending child poverty a foreign-policy priority

During an event with civil society organizations held at La Moncloa, Spanish Prime Minister (PM) Pedro Sánchez underlined that contributing to the fight against child poverty is a top, urgent priority of Spain's foreign policy. Sánchez advocated in turn for developing a clear state policy to advance sustainable development goals and end child poverty in Spain and all around the world. Spanish Minister of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare María Luisa Carcedo and High Commissioner for the Agenda 2030 Cristina Gallach also participated in the event, which was supported by the Spanish childhood umbrella organization Childhood Platform and UNICEF Spain.

Press release – PM’s office, La Moncloa (in Spanish)


Spanish NGO Salud por Derecho calls for more funding to address TB

Marking World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, the Spanish global health NGO Salud por Dercho urged Spain and the international community to raise funding to effectively tackle tuberculosis (TB) worldwide. Salud por Derecho has highlighted that the existing US$6.9 billion allocated yearly across the world to fight TB does not suffice and needs to be nearly doubled to US$13 billion per year in order to end the disease and meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. 

Press release – Salud por Derecho (in Spanish)

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Spanish prime minister positions science and innovation as cornerstone of 2030 Agenda

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez underlined science and innovation as critical components to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development during an event with 150 researchers. When reiterating his government’s engagement towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sánchez stated that research and development initiatives must be actively strengthened. Spanish Minister of Science Pedro Duque and High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda Cristina Gallach also participated in the event. 

Press release – La Moncloa (in Spanish)


Foreign ministers of Spain and Mauritania meet in Madrid

Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation Josep Borrell received Mauritanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Ould Cheikh in Madrid. Borrell and Ould reviewed bilateral cooperation and discussed several aspects concerning the Sahel region and Spain such as development and migration flows. Borrell underlined that Mauritania will continue to be a priority recipient of Spain’s development assistance and stated that his department plans to foster the participation of Spanish private companies in Mauritania to support development-related projects on infrastructures and rural development. 

Press release – MAUEC (in Spanish)


Spain's FONPRODE to disburse €20 million to foster rural development

As approved by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s cabinet, the Spanish Development Promotion Fund (FONPRODE) will disburse €20 million (US$23 million) to foster rural development in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia through the equity investment fund Huruma. Using FONPRODE funding and another €10 million (US$11 million) initial contribution from the European Union, the Huruma Fund aims to raise €70 million (US$79 million) from the private sector to finance smallholder initiatives in developing countries. Huruma was created by the Spanish development agency (AECID) in collaboration with the Spanish public-private Company for Development Financing (COFIDES), which will be in charge of managing the fund. 

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

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Spain's Oxfam Intermón urges political parties to strengthen global development policies

Looking ahead to general elections on April 28, 2019, the Spanish chapter of Oxfam, Oxfam Intermón, has launched a policy brief calling upon political parties to commit to increasing Spain’s official development assistance (ODA) from the current 0.2% of gross national income (GNI) to 0.5% of GNI by the end of the next term of office. According to Oxfam Intermón, such budgetary increase would be essential to significantly advance the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. In addition to that, Oxfam Intermón has underlined that Spain’s foreign action should place women's empowerment as a cornerstone and allocate 15% of its ODA to fostering gender equity worldwide. 

Press release – Oxfam Intermón (in Spanish)


Spain and Ecuador reach new development agreement

The Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Ibero-America Juan Pablo de Laiglesia and the Ecuadorian Vice-Minister for External Relations Andrés Terán met in Madrid, Spain. Laiglesia and Terán signed a new country partnership agreement (Marco Asociación País, MAP) for 2019-2022 to steer development cooperation between Spain and Ecuador. According to this new MAP, the Spanish development agency, AECID, will prioritize gender equality, socioeconomic progress, research and development, and the environment in Ecuador.

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)


Spain’s foreign minister presents new 'Plan Africa' in Ethiopia

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation Josep Borrell visited Ethiopia to participate in a close-door workshop with Spanish diplomats based in Africa and leadership officials from the African Union and the United Nations. Foreign minister Borrell took advantage of this working session to present the Spanish Third Plan for Africa ('Plan Africa'), which was approved on March 1, 2019, by the cabinet of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s.

Plan Africa is aimed at modernizing Spain’s foreign action on the African continent and aligning with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. it outlines four goals: 1) peace and security; 2) sustainable development; 3) institutional strengthening; and 4) regular and safe mobility. In addition, five countries have been underlined as a priority: South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Angola and Senegal.

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

Plan Africa approval – La Moncloa (in Spanish)


Spanish ministers receive EU budget commissioner in Madrid

Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Co-operation Josep Borrell and Minister of Economy and Business Nadia Calviño met in Madrid with the European Union Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther Oettinger. The meeting was focused on the new Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027. According to the Spanish foreign ministry, Spain is advocating for an increase of the EU’s budget direct to foreign and social policies on childhood, education, youth, unemployment, and gender equality.

Press release – MAUEC (in Spanish)