Spain to provide €50 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuela

During a trip to Colombia and Cuba, Josep Borrell, the Spanish minister of foreign affairs, European Union and cooperation, announced a €50 million (US$56 million) pledge for the next three years to respond to the refugee and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Borrell also took the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Colombian peace negotiations, underlining the Spanish government’s strong support for the peacekeeping operations.  

Press release – Cooperación Española (in Spanish)


Spain to support implementation of Agenda 2030 in Latin America

The Spanish development agency (AECID) and the Spanish federation of municipalities and provinces (FEMP) have announced a development cooperation agreement aimed at fostering the implementation of the Agenda 2030 in Latin America during the next four years. This new agreement will focus on key development areas of education and gender equality. For the year 2019, the project will amount to €477,000 (US$537,707); other concrete interventions and funding levels of the new agreement will be approved on a yearly basis.

Press release – Cooperación Española (in Spanish)


Global Fund releases table showing total pledges by country

At its sixth replenishment conference in Lyon, France, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raised a record-breaking US$14 billion in commitments from public and private donors, the largest amount of funding ever raised for a multilateral health organization. The Global Fund has since released a table showing the amounts pledged by each attendant.

Pledges at Global Fund Sixth Replenishment Conference - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

European Parliament assesses Josep Borrell's candidature as EU’s new high representative

On October 7, 2019, the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee assessed the candidacy of Josep Borrell (Spanish minister of foreign affairs) as the EU’s new high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.  During his introductory speech, Borrell underlined the importance of addressing the challenges in the EU’s southern neighborhood, developing a new strategy towards Africa,  stepping up cooperation with Latin America, working on political relations with Asia and reinstating transatlantic relations with the United States.

News article – El País (in Spanish)

Press release – European Parliament

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Spain and ECOWAS join efforts to foster sustainable development in West Africa

The Spanish agency for international development cooperation’s (AECID) director, Aina Calvo met in Madrid with the Economic Community for West African States’ (ECOWAS) deputy president, Finda Koroma. The meeting reviewed the development cooperation agreement between Spain and ECOWAS.

Since 2009, AECID has provided €37 million (US$42 million) for fostering rural development, infrastructures, and social services in West Africa under the development cooperation agreement. According to AECID, the new partnership agreement will mostly focus on gender equality and unemployment. 

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)


Spain presents progress report for implementing Agenda 2030

During the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation Josep Borrell presented Spain’s progress report on 'Agenda 2030'. Minister Borrell outlined the most important actions lead by the Spanish government in order to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals and underlined the Agenda 2030 as an indispensable roadmap to addressing global challenges. 

Press release – MAUEC (in Spanish)


Spain highlights commitment to 2030 Agenda for sustainable development

At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers event in New York, Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez underlined Spain's commitment to the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. In addition to making statements in support of multilateralism, gender equality, and cooperation, Sánchez outlined the importance of health and education in achieving the sustainable development goals.

Sánchez also announced that Spain will provide €150 million (US$169 million) to the Green Climate Fund, €100 million (US$113 million) to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and another €100 million (US$113 million) to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals Fund.

Press release – Office of the Prime Minister (in Spanish)


Spain to resume funding to Global Fund with €100 million pledge

At the UN General Assembly, acting prime minister Pedro Sánchez announced that Spain will resume contributions to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria with a €100 million (US$113 million) pledge for the next replenishment period of 2020 to 2022. Due to budgetary constraints, Spain’s last contribution to the Global Fund was made in 2010. 

The Global Fund and Spanish health NGOs have applauded this contribution, which will support the objective of ending the three pandemics by 2030.

News article – El País (in Spanish)

Press release – Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria

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Spain and UNDP renew partnership agreement through 2021

The Spanish minister of foreign affairs, European Union and cooperation, Josep Borrell, signed the new 2019- 2021 strategic partnership agreement between Spain and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on September 22, 2019.  

This new partnership agreement will renew Spanish financial contributions to UNDP, which is among the top multilateral priorities for Spain’s development policy with respect to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)


Spanish NGOs urge Prime Minister Sánchez to resume contributions to the Global Fund

Spanish health NGOs Médicos Sin Fronteras and Salud por Derecho have published an open letter to acting prime minister Pedro Sánchez, calling upon his cabinet to pledge €100 million (US$113 million) in contribution to the Global Fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in the next October replenishment conference in Lyon.

According to the two NGOs, Spain should resume its financial contributions to the Global Fund in order to actively support the end of the three pandemics and to help achieve the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. 

Press release - Salud por Derecho (in Spanish)

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