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Spanish CSOs meet PM Sánchez's High Commissioner on SDGs

The Spanish civil society umbrella organization Futuro en Común (Future in Common) met with Spanish High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda Cristina Gallach at the prime minister’s office, La Moncloa. Futuro en Común emphasized the need to advance towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda as well as to increase Spain’s development budget in order to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Gallach in turn reiterated that the Agenda 2030 is a strategic priority for Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s cabinet. She also confirmed that the Spanish Congress of Deputies and Senate were about to create a cross-cutting committee on SDGs. 

Press release – CONGDE (in Spanish)

Spain

Spain to disburse €85 million to the Sahel region in the period 2019-2021

At the annual conference of the G5 Sahel, a regional organization of five African countries, the director of the Spanish Agency for International Development Co-operation (AECID), Aina Calvo, announced an €85 million (US$94 million) pledge for the period 2019-2021. According to AECID, this additional funding will cover key development areas such as agriculture, water and sanitation, and democratic governance. €42 million (US$46 million) will be channeled as bilateral development assistance and €43 million (US$48 million) will be disbursed as loans and equities counting as foreign assistance. 

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

Spain

Spanish prime minister advocates for international co-operation and gender equity at G20 summit

Spanish Prime Minister (PM) Pedro Sánchez participated in the G20 summit held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from November 30-December 1, 2018. According to Spain’s PM office, La Moncloa, Sánchez made the case for the importance of advancing sustainable development, multilateralism, international cooperation, and gender equality worldwide. For instance, he advocated for strengthening the G20 commitment to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls and urged the G20 to develop common actions to address the root causes of migration and refugee displacement.

Press release – La Moncloa

G20 Leader’s declaration – G20 Argentina 2018

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Development NGOs urge Spanish foreign minister to push for SDG-aligned EU budget

Timed with a meeting of the European Union’s (EU) foreign affairs council, the Spanish development NGO umbrella organization CONGDE sent a letter to Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Co-operation Josep Borrell underscoring several concerns regarding the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027. According to CONGDE, it is essential that the EU MFF’s development envelope effectively contributes to fighting poverty worldwide and is fully aligned with the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). While CONGDE expressed support for the proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Development Instrument (NDICI), the group expressed some concerns on the new European Fund for Sustainable Development Plus (EFSD+). 

Press release – CONGDE (in Spanish)

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Spanish foreign minister Borrell makes case for Spain's development policy

Marking the 30th anniversary of the Spanish development agency AECID, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Co-operation Josep Borrell defended Spain's commitment towards global development challenges in a speech at AECID's headquarters. In addition to calling for a reinforcement of the development cooperation system, Borrell outlined the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development as a key priority for Spain.  In turn, the Spanish Secretary of State for International Co-operation and Ibero-America, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, discussed AECID’s role in Spanish development assistance since its creation in 1988.

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

Spain

Spain’s foreign minister visits Peru to strengthen bilateral co-operation

Accompanied by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia Ortiz, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation Josep Borrell met with Peruvian President Martín Alberto Vizcarra in Lima. That meeting was aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation between Spain and Peru, particularly in several development priorities, including water and sanitation, human rights, and the environment. According to the Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation 2018-2021, Peru is among the 21 priority countries of Spanish development policy.

Press release – AECID

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Spanish NGOs urge PM Pedro Sánchez to increase development financing

The Spanish newspaper El País has published an open letter from the development NGO umbrella organization CONGDE’s president, Andrés Rodríguez, to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. CONGDE urged Sánchez to increase Spain’s development financing in order to meet the parliament’s 2016 all-party resolution 161/0202620, which calls for raising official development assistance (ODA) to 0.4% of the country’s gross national income (GNI) by 2020 and to 0.7% by 2030. According to CONGDE, Spain should act responsibly to fight against extreme poverty affecting more than two billion people worldwide.

Op-Ed – El País

Spain

Spanish prime minister emphasizes multilateralism in fight against climate change

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez participated in the first Peace Forum held in Paris to commemorate the end of World War I. Sánchez stated that the great silent war the world is facing now is climate change, which, according to him, “is causing thousands of deaths, forced migrations, and hunger". In order to address such challenges, Sánchez underscored the value of international cooperation, solidarity, and multilateralism. He also argued that Spain is fully committed to fighting climate change. 

Press release – La Moncloa

Spain

Spain hosts first world parliamentarian forum against hunger and malnutrition

In collaboration with the Spanish Agency for International Development Co-operation (AECID) and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Senate of Spain hosted the first international parliamentary forum against hunger and malnutrition. Up to 200 parliamentarians from 80 different countries participated in the summit, which included the participation of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. Sánchez emphasized Spain’s commitment to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and its second objective on 'zero hunger'. 

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

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Spain to disburse up to €24.2 million to regional development funds

The Spanish prime minister’s cabinet, under the leadership of the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Co-operation, has decided to make two financial contributions to the African Development Fund and to the Asian Development Fund of €18 million (US$20 million) and €6.2 million (US$6.9 million) respectively. The contributions, which will be counted as official development assistance as loans, will be managed by the Spanish Development Promotion Fund (FONPRODE).  

Press release – La Moncloa (in Spanish)

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