United Nations, 22 Sept. (EFE) .- The president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, used his speech before the UN General Assembly to refer primarily, as other leaders have done, to the war in Ukraine, with the message that, despite dangers it brings, it shouldn’t make you lose hope.

He claimed that the war in Ukraine had “shaken as hard as ever the foundations of this institution” (the UN) and complained that six months later “the horror” of the Russian invasion of large areas of Ukraine it is still present and has led to humanity in “times we thought were past”.

The food crisis caused by the war, together with the climate crisis resulting from global warming of the planet, have curbed – he recalled – a world that was barely emerging from the blow of Covid 19, a pandemic that has exacerbated global inequalities.

Faced with this situation, the Spanish president acknowledged that “fatigue is understandable, especially among young people born with this new millennium”, but he clarified that despite everything there is hope in the international community, capable of overcoming all adversities, in how much it should trust in an institution like the UN “to face challenges that do not understand borders”.

The challenges to face

He presented these challenges on five fronts – health, food crisis, ecological transition, digital transition and gender equality – and first of all he presented an example of how Spain is responding to them to provide solutions which he presented as an vanguard.

In the health sector, he explained that his government will contribute 15 million euros to the Financial Intermediation Fund for the prevention, preparedness and response to pandemics, as well as another 130 million euros to the Global Fund for the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Regarding the food crisis, Spain will mobilize € 151 million in donations and € 85 million in credits for this cause over the next three years.

The president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, in the framework of the United Nations Assembly, on 22 September 2022. EFE / Pool Moncloa / Borja Puig de la Bellacasa
The president of the Spanish government, 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 jointly promote an “International Drought Resilience Alliance” at the COP 27 climate summit, to be held this year in Egypt, to promote innovation, technology transfer. and the mobilization of resources.

Sánchez, who took the opportunity to defend the measures approved in Spain to lower the price of electricity and protect the most vulnerable from rising prices, said that Spain also wants to take a leading role in the digital transition by hosting the UN’s Barcelona Technology Center for the Digitization of Education.

Likewise, he said that Spain is at the forefront of advocating for 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 underlining the “fundamental” role that Latin American countries have in defending values ​​such as democracy, but said that the region needs international support to tackle problems such as drug trafficking.

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

He specifically mentioned Colombia, which “with the efforts of an entire people” is starting a new stage of hope to build peace and promised that Spain will be at his side, ready to support it.

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

Sanchez on Gibraltar

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

He did so to reiterate that Spain and the UK have reached an agreement on the rock in the face of “Brexit” and are confident that on that basis the UK and the EU will also reach an agreement that respects the UN doctrine on this. territory and with the legal position of Spain.

The president of the government and the new British prime minister, Liz Truss, have planned to hold a first meeting in New York, which has not been possible for reasons of agenda.

Web edition: Alfonso Hernández

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