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Spanish think tank analyses prioritization of 2030 Agenda in new Spanish government

An op-ed from the Spanish foreign affairs think tank 'Elcano Royal Institute' has analyzed the implications of Spain's institutional changes on the 2030 Agenda.

The op-ed suggests that the Spanish administration under the new government seems to be prioritizing sustainable development affairs. Increased references to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in official addresses along with the recent creation of a 'Deputy-Prime Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda' post seem to signify a growing prioritization of the 2030 Agenda. The op-ed also notes that successful management of the Agenda 2030 will require increased coordination and cohesion among different ministries. 

Op-ed – El Pais (in Spanish)

Spain

Arancha González takes office as Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union, and Cooperation

On January 13, 2020, Arancha González was appointed Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation. Minister González previously served as Assistant Secretary-General for the UN and as Executive Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO) International Trade Center, and as Chief of Staff to WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy. 

In addition, González has also held several positions in the European Commission, supporting low-income countries in their efforts to promote trade and development.

Press release – MAEUEC (in Spanish)

Spain

Sánchez presents Spain's new democratic coalition cabinet

On January 13, 2020, Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, presented Spain's first democratic coalition cabinet. The new Spanish government will be formed by four Deputy Prime Ministers (vice-presidents of the government) and 18 ministries (consisting of 11 women and 11 men). Out of the 22 members of the new cabinet, 18 have been appointed by the social-democratic socialist party 'PSOE', and 4 by the left-wing party 'PODEMOS'. 

Carmen Calvo of PSOE will continue acting as Sánchez’ first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidency, and Pablo Iglesias of PODEMOS will serve as the second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Rights and the Agenda 2030. 

Press release – La Moncloa (in Spanish)

Spain

After nearly a year of political turmoil, Spanish parliamentary majority secures Pedro Sánchez' position as Prime Minister

The Spanish Congress of Deputies has elected the social-democratic Socialist Party PSOE’s leader Pedro Sánchez as Prime Minister of Spain, finally ending ten months of political deadlock. After two general elections held in April and November of 2019, Sánchez and the PSOE have managed to gain the support of the left-wing Podemos party, which will participate in a coalition government with the socialists, as well as Basque and Catalan secessionist parties and minority regional forces. Prime Minister Sánchez will be ruling the Spanish government for the next four-year term and, according to several media reports, key appointments of the new cabinet will be announced very soon.

News article – El País

Spain

Spain’s coalition government plans to increase ODA to 0.5% of GNI by 2023

The social-democratic Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) of acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and the left-wing Podemos party have released a coalition government agreement that includes an increase of Spain’s official development assistance (ODA) to 0.5% of its gross national income (GNI) by the end of the next four-year term of office. Among other measures, this governing agreement places multilateralism and African development as key priorities of Spain’s foreign policy from now to the end of 2023.

The Spanish civil society network organization Poletika has reacted positively to this governing agreement, emphasizing the necessity to translate all these plans into political action with corresponding, significant budget increments. 

News article – El País

Press reléase – Oxfam Intermón

Spain

Spain pledges US$3 million to the Central Emergency Response Fund

Aina Calvo, the director of the Spanish development agency 'AECID',  announced US$3 million in contribution to the Central Emergency Response Fund 'CERF'. The contribution was announced at the pledging event of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, held in New York on December 9, 2019. At the event, Calvo emphasized Spain’s commitment to international humanitarian action and in particualr, actions aimed at ensuring crisis response measures for vulnerable and less visible communities.

Press release – AECID

Spain

Spain's Sánchez calls for strengthened multilateralism at COP25

At the opening session of the UN's Madrid-based Climate Change Conference (COP25) on December 2- 13, 2019, Spanish acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called for strengthening multilateral cooperation and adopting ambitious measures at the domestic and international levels in order to tackle climate change effects worldwide. Prime Minister Sánchez also emphasized the importance of fostering women's empowerment and of achieving Agenda 2030 for sustainable development goals (SDGs). 

Press release – la Moncloa (in Spanish)

Spain

Spain's AECID to disburse US$24 million to development NGOs in 2019

The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) has approved financial contributions to 70 development-related projects led by 50 development NGOs. With an overall amount of €22 million (US$24 million) to be disbursed before the end of the year 2019, the AECID will cover the Spanish development priorities earmarked in the current Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation 2018-2021 in 27 developing countries. 

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

Spain

Spanish AECID launches campaign for elimination of violence against women and girls

The Spanish development agency AECID  launched various social initiatives on occasion of the 'International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women' on November 25, 2019. The AECID launched a social media campaign on ending gender violence around the world, conducted a workshop on combating violence suffered by women and girls in humanitarian crisis situations, and scheduled screenings of short films based on stories of women who suffered violence.

Press release – AECID

Spain

Spain advocates for sustainable development at UNESCO

At the 40th annual conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held in Paris, France, the Spanish interim minister of education, culture and sports José Guirao, called for greater inclusion of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development within the organization's current actions. Minister Guirao emphasized that culture and education play a critical role in fostering sustainable development worldwide and advocated for more political coordination at the UNESCO to help in advancing the Agenda 2030. 

Press release – AECID

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