• Africa
    Africa is both a strategic and a political priority for Spain. In order to manage and plan the growth of our presence in the region, two Africa Plans were approved. At present, the current situation in Africa raises new challenges. Together with the persistence of such problems as poverty, AIDS and threats to peace and security, democratic progress and the dynamics of regional integration open up new scenarios. Against this backdrop, the Government of Spain is focusing its efforts on the Sahel, West Africa and the Horn of Africa, without forgetting the SADC countries and, of course, Equatorial Guinea.
  • Asia and the Pacific
    The rise of Asia is a phenomenon of historic proportions, which is defining our era in a decisive way. To the extent that the world's most populous continent is becoming more industrialized, gaining greater economic weight, and advancing on the path of modernization, a new period has opened up, one in which Asian countries are participating, together with European and North American countries, in designing global rules.
  • Council of Europe
    The Council of Europe is an international organisation that fundamentally seeks to defend and protect democracy, the rule of law and human rights, particularly at a civilian and political level. This is the oldest institution of this nature on our continent and it covers all of the European nations with the sole exception of Belarus. Its headquarters are based in the French city of Strasbourg and its most active body is the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Development Cooperation
    Spain considers that development aid is one of the State's main foreign obligations, acting through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The Ministry's goal is to improve all aspects of the quality of life in the most disadvantaged countries, with the aim of eradicating poverty and creating a more egalitarian world. Development aid policy has had the backing and broad consensus support of Spanish society, including central government, regional governments, the private business sector, local authorities and civil action groups such as NGOs and trade unions.
  • Disarmament and Non-proliferation
    Progressive disarmament, arms control and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction are the three key complementary goals in making progress towards peace, security and international stability, to which end Spain’s commitment is clear and continuous.
  • European Neighbourhood Policy
    The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was set up in 2003 as a new model of political partnership and economic integration with the EU’s 16 immediate neighbours, which was due to incorporate 10 new partners in 2004, thus displacing its borders towards the east. Its legal basis lies in Article 8 of the Treaty on European Union, and seeks “to develop an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness, founded on the values of the Union and characterised by close and peaceful relations based on cooperation”.
  • The European Union
    The European Union is an organization open to the world, based on the common values of freedom, democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights. Its strategic aims include the consolidation of a stable and united democratic Europe, which speaks with its own voice on the international scene. The EU's responsibilities and influence in the world are steadily growing, in consonance with its economic, commercial and diplomatic importance: it is the world's number-one trading power, with a currency of reference, as well as the leading donor of humanitarian aid.
  • G-20 and OECD

    Created in 1999, the Group of 20 (G-20), is made up of the countries in the G-8 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK, and USA), plus the European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey. ​

  • Globalization

    ​Globalization is a historical process with many facets: political, economic, cultural and environmental; it offers great opportunities for advancing in world development. Trade, financial flows and the modernization of electronic communications have led to the increasing integration of the world's economies.

  • Human Rights

    The protection and promotion of human rights is one of the basic priorities of Spanish foreign policy, as confirmed by the Foreign Action Strategy published in 2015. Human rights issues are on the agenda in all bilateral contacts with governments of all the regions of the world.

    The Human Rights Office (odh@maec.es) is the body of the Directorate-General of the United Nations and Directorate-General for Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation that is responsible for coordinating Spanish foreign policy in the area of protecting and promoting human rights and the drafting, proposal and application of this policy in international bodies.

  • Ibero-America
    Latin America has experienced profound changes which have led to a new approach to relations between Spain and the region. Latin American economies have modernised, the middle classes have grown, integration projects and agreement have multiplied and many countries are now starting to look towards the Pacific.
  • Marca España

    Marca España (Brand Spain) is a State policy—indeed, a countrywide policy—with the participation of all levels of public administration, public and private institutions, companies, the private sector, and civil society as a whole. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo, has made it one of his Ministry's priorities. ​

  • Mediterranean
    The Mediterranean continues to be one of the priorities of Spanish external policy and relations with Mediterranean countries and with the region as a whole are a major challenge. The stability and prosperity of the region affect both our own stability and prosperity and the stability and prosperity of the European Union as a whole. We not only have relations as neighbours but also a relationship of interdependence that is very clear in many respects
  • The Maghreb and the Near East
    As part of its centuries-old tradition of acting as a bridge between cultures and civilisations, Spain has been very active in the Maghreb and the Near East in terms of foreign policy.
  • OSCE

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is the largest regional security body, set up with the aim of preventing conflict in Europe and its surroundings. The OSCE has its origins in the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), held in Helsinki in 1975. The organisation currently groups together 57 States in Europe, North America and Central Asia.​

  • Spain and the United States

    The United States of America is a friendly State, an ally and a key partner for Spain. We are linked by excellent and historic bilateral relations, with signs of a great future in the 21st Century. The position of the United States as one of the main actors in the international arena makes the country an ally and key partner for Spain in foreign policy, defence, security and economic and technological development. It is an ally with which few countries in the world have such strong historical, cultural and linguistic ties, and with which we share democratic values and geostrategic interests.

  • Spain's candidature for the Human Rights Council 2018-2020

    ​Spain is a country profoundly committed to human rights, both internally and in its government activity abroad. The protection and promotion of human rights therefore constitute a core priority of our foreign policy.

  • Sustainable Development
    There is currently scientific consensus that the production and consumption model is altering the planet's climate. And that—as experts warn—can lead to severe effects of many kinds.
    Since the late 19th century, the average temperature of the Earth has increased by 0.74ºC, and an increase of 1.8ºC to 4ºC is expected in the coming hundred years, which could even reach 6.4ºC, according to the different scenarios designed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
    Developing countries are more vulnerable to climate change, whereas Europe and North America are the regions that will be best prepared to bear the thrust of this phenomenon. In Europe, the adverse impact will be especially felt in the Iberian Peninsula, one of the most vulnerable and at-risk areas.
  • Terrorism
    Thousands of innocent people died in the heinous attacks of 11 September 2001 in New York, 11 March 2004 in Madrid, and 7 July 2005 in London, planned and perpetrated by the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. For some, these crimes marked a turning point, and a sea change in how States and their citizens perceive security issues. Today, terrorism represents the greatest threat to achievements, and rights gained, in such areas as justice, security, and freedoms. There can be no justification whatsoever for terrorist acts, which deserve the strongest and unreserved condemnation.
  • The Atlantic Alliance, NATO
    The origin of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) lies in the signing of the Washington Treaty of 1949 by which twelve countries from both sides of the Atlantic pledged to defend each other in the event of an attack on any of them. It currently has 28 member countries, 22 partners for cooperation in the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), seven in the Mediterranean Dialogue, four countries participating in the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICE) and eight partners around the world. Spain became the 16th member of NATO on 30 May 1982.
  • 21st Century Diplomacy

    A new determining factor in international relations has appeared in recent years; its name is the internet. Nearly 2 billion people—almost a third of the world's population—are now connected to the internet. This is the context in which the new, 21st century diplomacy is taking place.

  • United Nations

    The Organization of the United Nations (UN) was founded on 26 June 1945, when representatives from 50 countries signed the UN Charter in San Francisco (USA), with the aim of preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. These countries expressed their commitment to accepting the obligations laid down in the Charter, which establishes the basic principles of international relations. ​

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