Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

United Nations, September 22 (EFE).- The president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, used his speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations to first mention, as other leaders have done, the war in Ukraine, the message that despite the danger it brings, it makes you lose hope. will not

He said the war in Ukraine had “shaken the foundations of this institution” (the United Nations) “with force like never before” and lamented the “horror” of Russia’s invasion of large parts of Ukraine six months later. is still present and has led to humanity “in times we thought had passed”.

The food crisis caused by the war, together with the climate crisis caused by the global warming of the planet, brought under control – he recalled – a world that was just coming out of the shock of Covid 19, an epidemic that increased global inequality.

Faced with this situation, the Spanish President admitted that “fatigue is understandable, especially among young people born in this new millennium”, but made it clear that despite everything in the international community, any adversity can be overcome. An institution like the United Nations must be trusted to “address challenges that know no borders”.

Face the challenge

He presents these challenges on five fronts—health, food crisis, environmental change, digital transformation and gender equality—and before all of them he presents an example of how Spain is responding to the solutions he presents. pioneer

In health, he explained that his government would contribute 15 million euros to the Financial Intermediation Fund for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response, in addition to another 130 million euros to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Regarding the food crisis, Spain will collect 151 million euros in grants and 85 million euros in credits for this reason over the next three years.

The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, in the framework of the United Nations Assembly on September 22, 2022.
The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, in the framework of the United Nations Assembly, today. EFE/Pool Moncloa/Borja Puig de la Bellacasa

The fight against the climate emergency led him to announce that Spain and Senegal will promote together at the COP 27 climate summit, to be held in Egypt this year, an “international drought resilience alliance” for innovation, technology transfer and resource mobilization. .

Sánchez, who took the opportunity to defend measures approved in Spain to lower electricity prices and protect the most vulnerable against rising prices, said Spain also wants to take a leading role in digital transformation by hosting a tech hub in Barcelona. United Nations for Digitization of Education.

Similarly, he confirmed that Spain is at the forefront of the defense of gender equality and announced that it will contribute 100 million euros over the next three years to organizations working in this field, including UN-Women.

References to Latin America and Gibraltar

The president of the government devoted part of his speech to highlighting the “fundamental” role of Latin American countries in protecting values ​​such as democracy, but said the region needed international support to tackle problems such as drug trafficking.

The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, in the framework of the United Nations Assembly on September 22, 2022.
The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, in the framework of the United Nations Assembly, today. EFE/Pool Moncloa/Borja Puig de la Bellacasa

He pointedly cited Colombia, which began a new phase of hope for peace “through the efforts of the entire people,” and promised that Spain would be by its side, ready to support it.

In this context, he guaranteed that he would work to revive the alliance between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean, and would do so especially during the Spanish Presidency of the EU in the second half of 2023.

Sanchez in Gibraltar

After reviewing the situation in other parts of the world such as Asia, the Middle East or the Sahel, Sánchez referred to Gibraltar as traditional in the intervention of the Presidents of the Spanish Government before the United Nations Assembly.

He did this to reiterate that Spain and the UK had reached an agreement on the Rock in the face of “Brexit” and believed that on this basis the UK and the EU would also reach an agreement that would respect the UN doctrine on the region and Spain’s legal position.

The President of the Government and the new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, planned to hold the first meeting in New York, which was not possible due to agenda.

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