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Team Europe pledges US$21.8 billion for clean energy at COP28

December 2, 2023 | Sweden, France, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, EUI, Climate | Share this update

On December 2, 2023, the EU institutions, the EIB, the EBRD, and the Member States that comprise Team Europe pledged EUR20 billion (US$21.8 billion) for clean energy partnerships with African partners.

The funding announcement listeed EUR3.4 billion (US$3.7 billion) in grants and covered the period from 2021-2027. The project, AEGEI, aims to produce over 50 Gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030.

12 EU Member States contributed to the funding. No language regarding specific partner countries was included in the announcement.

Press release - EU Commission

Spain commits to increase climate funding to US$1.4 billion annually

December 1, 2023 | Spain, Climate | Share this update

On December 1, 2023, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a 50% increase of Spain’s annual contribution to climate funding, bringing it to EUR1.4 billion (US$1.5 billion) at COP28.

Sánchez also announced EUR20 million (US$22 million) to a new fund for climate disasters and EUR2 million (US$2 million) to the Amazonia Siempre initiative for tackling deforestation.

At COP28’s plenary session, Sánchez spoke about the importance of increasing funding to fight climate change, underlined the importance of mitigation, and emphasized the strategic role of advancing adaptation in partner countries. He called for a profound improvement of the climate financial architecture and a transformation of the global development model.

Sánchez also announced that the first high-level meeting on droughts, aimed at publicizing the work of the International Drought Resilience Alliance, will take place in Barcelona in September 2024. Sánchez underlined Spain’s strong commitment to combating climate change, stressing its contribution of EUR225 million (US$246 million) to the GCF.

Press release - La Moncloa (in Spanish)

Spain outlines development priorities

September 21, 2023 | Spain, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Climate | Share this update

On September 21st, 2023, acting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez addressed the 78th UN General Assembly and expressed Spain’s commitment towards multilateralism and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Sánchez focused his speech on accelerating the global response to climate change, particularly on climate adaptation and mitigation. Clmiate commitments made in the speech included:

  • EUR 225 million (US$241 million) to the Green Climate Fund;
  • EUR 20 million (US$21 million) to the Adaptation Fund; and
  • EUR 17 million (US$18 million) to other multilateral instruments working on climate change.

These pledges will be reiterated at the UN Climate Change Conference at COP28, which is slated to take place in the UAE in November 2023.

Sánchez also underlined the need to strengthen multilateral institutions to advance the implementation SDGs and foster gender equality, food security, democracy, and human rights worldwide. He reiterated his commitment to increase development finance and emphasized that Spain was the first donor to announce that 20% of its SDRs would be allocated to low- and middle- income partner countries.

Press release - Spanish Government (in Spanish)Press release - Spanish Government (in Spanish)

EU provides US$516 million for Philippines plastic waste management

July 28, 2023 | Germany, Spain, France, EUI, Climate | Share this update

On July 28, 2023, the EU announced EUR466 million (US$516 million) in funding for the Philippines under the Global Gateway initiative.

The funding was announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during a meeting in Manila with President Ferdinand Marcos. Von der Leyen stated that the funding would support the development of circular economic policy to manage plastic waste in oceans. In addition to policy development, the funding also targeted technology and knowledge transfers to support implementation.

Of the total Team Europe contribution, EUR64 million (US$71 million) was allocated from the EU budget. The remaining EUR402 million (US$445 million) comprised contributions from individual member states, including France, Germany, Spain, and Finland.

Press release - European Commission

Spain highlights sustainable development at EU-CLACS forum

July 13, 2023 | Spain, EUI, Education, Gender Equality, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On July 13, 2023, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union, and Cooperation José Manuel Albares and the director of AECID Antón Leis participated at the EU - CLACS Society Forum organized in Brussels, Belgium.

The meeting took place in the framework of the 3rd EU- CLACS Summit, held from July 17-18, 2023. The summit prioritized innovative solutions for sustainable and inclusive development in the LAC region.

Albares highlighted that Spain, the EU, and the LAC region share a common approach in the areas of sustainable development, democratic values, human rights, peace, and the environment.

The EU - CLACS Civil Society Forum gathered government officials, development NGOs, youth collectives and other civil society groups. The civil society forum provided the EU - CLACS Summit with ten specific recommendations on gender equality, global health, the caring economy, democratic participation, digitalization, climate change, and education.

Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)

Spain hands off Sahel Alliance Presidency

July 10, 2023 | Spain, Climate, Gender Equality, Agriculture | Share this update

On July 10, 2023, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation José Manuel Albares participated at the Fourth General Assembly of the Sahel Alliance held in Nouakchott, Mauritania, to hand over Spain’s presidency of this institution to Germany.

Chaired by Spain from June 2020 to July 2023, the Sahel Alliance is a multilateral organization that gathers partner countries from the Sahel, EU donor countries, the World Bank, the AfDB, and the UNDP with the objective of fostering sustainable development and human security in the region.

During the meeting, Albares highlighted achievements from Spain’s three-year presidency of the Sahel Alliance. He underlined the Spanish multipronged commitment to furthering human development, security, and climate change adaptation. In regard to the latter, he foregrounded measures aimed at improving partner countries’ resilience against desertification, severe drought, and floods, as the most important milestones.

Albares also reviewed the AECID's recent interventions to foster health basic services and women empowerment and food security in the region.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (in Spanish)

Spanish EU Council Presidency begins with adaptation focus

July 1, 2023 | Spain, Climate | Share this update

On July 1, 2023, Spain assumed the rotatory, six-month Presidency of the Council of the EU.

On June 15, 2023, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez outlined in a public address the main priorities of Spain’s EU Presidency. The priorities included:

  • Reindustrializing the EU and ensure its open strategic autonomy;
  • Advancing green transition and climate adaptation;
  • Promoting greater social and economic justice; and
  • Strengthening European unity.

Key events during the Spanish presidency from July-December, 2023, include:

  • July 17-18, 2023, Summit of EU and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in Brussels, Belgium;
  • July 25-26, 2023, Meeting of Directors of Development Agencies in Madrid, Spain;
  • September 4-5, 2023, Informal Meeting of Development Ministries in Cadiz, Spain;
  • October 6, 2023, Informal Meeting of Heads of State or Government in Granada, Spain;
  • October 26-27, 2023, Informal Meeting of General Directors for Development in Madrid, Spain; and
  • December 15, 2023, European Council in Brussels, Belgium.
Press release - PM Office, La Moncloa (in Spanish)Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (in Spanish)

EU provides US$16 million for cooperation with Costa Rica

June 1, 2023 | Spain, EUI, Climate | Share this update

On June 1, 2023, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen announced EUR16 million (US$17 million) for development programs in Costa Rica.

Urpilainen announced the funding at the launch of the EU’s Multiannual Indicative Programming with Costa Rica, which will last up to 2027. The program, valued at EUR14 million (US$17 million), was launched with three priorities:

  • Decarbonizing energy and transportation sectors;
  • Increasing digital infrastructure; and
  • Providing support for managing migration in Costa Rica.

In addition, Urpilainen pledged EUR2 million (US$2 million) for a new biodiversity program to be administered by the Spanish AECID. The program was developed to address flaws in current biodiversity conservation policy, improve biodiversity data collection and ecosystem restoration, and improve ecosystem services.

Press release - EU

Spain joins Global Equality Fund for foster LGBTQ+ rights

May 12, 2023 | Spain, US, Climate, Gender Equality | Share this update

On May 10-12, 2023, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation launched a statement announcing that Spain will join the Global Equality Fund.

The GEF is a public-private partnership led by the US administration aimed at advancing and defending the human rights and fundamental freedoms of LGBTQ+ persons around the world.

In addition to the statment, Prime Minister Sánchez and President Biden met on May 12, 2023. During discussions, both leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation in areas such as climate change and sustainable development. Among other issues, Sánchez and Biden committed to foster support to the International Drought Resilience Alliance. Additionally,, Spain and the US agreed to reinforce coordination in development cooperation and security in Central America and the Sahel.

Press release - PM office, La Moncloa (in Spanish)

Spain's Sánchez highlights SDGs in meeting with UN Secretary General

May 8, 2023 | Spain, Climate | Share this update

On 8 May, 2023, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met at La Moncloa, Madrid, with UN Secretary General António Guterres.

The leaders discussed global challenges such as climate change, sustainable development goals, and the war in Ukraine. Sánchez reiterated Spain’s support for the Sustainable Development Summit, which will take place in September 2023 during the UN General Assembly.

Following the meeting, Guterres was awarded the 2023 Carlos V European Award by the Spanish king Felipe VI on 9 May, 2023. In his acceptance speech, Guterres underlined the importance of strengthening global efforts to tackle climate change and advance sustainable development and global solidarity in order to reduce inequities between countries.

Press release - PM Office La Moncloa (in Spanish)News article - elDiario.es (in Spanish)






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