Spain will prioritize food security, health, and gender initiatives in Niger

During an official trip to Niger, the Spanish minister of foreign affairs, European Union and cooperation, Josep Borrell, and Aina Calvo, the director of the Spanish development agency (AECID), met with local authorities and CSO representatives and visited several development cooperation projects funded by Spain. According to a press release published by the AECID, Spain will support the National Development Plan in Niger and focus most of its contributions on maternal, newborn and children's health, nutrition, and women's empowerment. 

Minister Borrell also met with Niger’s Prime Minister, Brigi Rafini. Borrell presented Spain’s new “Plan Africa” and emphasized that Niger and the greater Sahel region are key priorities for Spanish development cooperation and foreign policy. 

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

Press release – MAEUEC (in Spanish)

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Spain makes a bid for EU's high representative for foreign affairs position with Josep Borrell as candidate

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is battling for greater influence in the EU with a bid to place outgoing minister of foreign affairs, Josep Borrell (recently elected as a member of the European Parliament) as the new High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The appointment would displace Italian Federica Mogherini, who currently holds the title.

The current Spanish minister of ecological transition, Teresa Ribera, may also have entered into the competition for appointment as Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of energy and climate change.

News article – El País (in Spanish)


Spanish foreign minister chairs seminar on 2030 agenda for sustainable development

Speaking at the '2030 Agenda and Development in Ibero-America' seminar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, highlighted the need to implement effective measures to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 in a rapidly changing global context.

The Madrid-based seminar, held by the Spanish think tank Fundación Carolina, was aimed at discussing the most important challenges surrounding development cooperation policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Press release – MAEUEC (in Spanish)


Spanish and Bolivian foreign ministers meet in Madrid

Josep Borrell, the Spanish minister of foreign affairs, European Union and cooperation, received the Bolivian minister of foreign affairs, Diego Pary, in his Madrid office on May 31, 2019.

Borrell and Pary spoke about issues concerning Spain's and Bolivia's bilateral relations, including Spanish and European development cooperation programs in Bolivia and Latin America. The two reviewed the 'Marco de Asociación País 2018-2021', the strategic planning document that will steer Spain’s bilateral development assistance in Bolivia during the coming years. 

Press release – MAEUEC (in Spanish)


Spanish think tank holds Madrid seminar with UN counterpart on health research and SDG's

The Spanish global health and development think tank Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and REDS, the Spanish counterpart for the UN's Sustainable Development Solutions Network's, held a high-level seminar in Madrid on May 29, 2019. The seminar focused on intimate links between health research and development and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

The Spanish minister of ecological transition, Teresa Ribera, and the minister of science, innovation and universities, Pedro Duque, highlighted Spain’s engagement with the third objective of the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG's), focused on 'Good Health and Well-Being'. Participants in the event emphasized the critical role science and innovation can play in advancing the Agenda 2030.  

Press release – ISGlobal (in Spanish)

Spain's foreign minister celebrates Africa Day by meeting with African ambassadors

In observance of Africa Day, held on May 252019, Josep Borrell, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, gathered all African ambassadors based in Spain for a meeting in Madrid. Borrell was accompanied by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Fernando Martín Valenzuela, and the Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Ibero-America Juan Pablo de Laiglesia. In his remarks, Borrell emphasized the importance of the African continent for Spain’s foreign policy.

Press release – MAEUEC (in Spanish)


2019 U20 Tokyo communique focuses on climate action, social inclusion, and sustainable growth

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government hosted the Urban 20 (U20) Tokyo Meyers Summit. The communique from the summit focuses on three policy areas:

  1. Climate Action
  2. Social Inclusion and Integration
  3. Sustainable Economic Growth

The U20 group meets in the sidelines of the group of 20 (G20) events to discuss common problems and solutions relating to cities and the goal of achieving a sustainable and inclusive world. U20 participating cities are: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Durban, Hamburg, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Osaka City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, São Paulo City, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Tshwane.

Communiqué - 2019 Urban 20 Tokyo Mayors Summit

Website - U20 The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (in Japanese)  

Spanish AECID partners with NGO to launch health initiatives in Latin America

The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) has launched a new partnership agreement with the Spanish health NGO Farmamundi. With a kickoff contribution of €8.16 million (US$9 million), the AECID will fund Farmamundi's implementation of three different development cooperation initiatives. The project will target vulnerable populations in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Peru, where the initiatives aim to promote the social status of vulnerable members of society, including women, young children, and adolescents, and to lower rates of infant malnutrition in highly impoverished regions.

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

Spanish NGOs launch joint website on global health challenges

Spanish health NGOs 'Medicos del Mundo' and 'Medicus Mundi' have launched a joint website, 'La Salud en el Mundo'. Updated in blog format, the site broadcasts audiovisual contents and interviews to public health professionals, patients, and civil society representatives from all around the world. This new website is entirely funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and aims to raise awareness among the Spanish public about the most pressing health challenges worldwide.

Press release – Medicos del Mundo (in Spanish)

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Spain's UNICEF launches campaign against child poverty

Under the hashtag #PorTodosMisCompañeros (“For all my partners”), the Spanish national committee of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has launched a campaign in social media to raise awareness among the public about the importance of supporting children’s health, education, and human rights worldwide.

UNICEF’s campaign includes a video emphasizing the value of cooperation and fellowship.

Press release – UNICEF Spain (in Spanish)