PRESS RELEASE 036
Pedro Sánchez Presides over the Presentation of the Sustainable Development Council at Moncloa Palace
With the participation of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed
26/02/2019
  •  The Council is comprised of representatives from civil society, business, the social economy and the university sector, among others.
  •  With the approval of this Council, Spain fulfils one of the commitments assumed by our country before the United Nations.
  •  Prior to the meeting, President Sánchez met with the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations on an official visit to the country.

Madrid, 26 February 2019. The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, presided over the presentation of the Sustainable Development Council at Moncloa Palace this morning, in a ceremony that saw the participation of Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, who is on an official visit to Spain, and the High Commissioner for Agenda 2030, Cristina Gallach along with the fifty members who will make up the Council: representatives of civil society, the business world, the social economy, state councils from different fields and the university world.

Through the creation of the Sustainable Development Council, Spain reiterates its commitment to Agenda 2030 as a roadmap for the future: a shared and transformative action plan for people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.

In his speech, the President of the Government stressed that for Spain the United Nations is a key ally in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and assured those present that the Executive is committed to working so that the UN becomes a more agile, flexible and efficient organisation. For this reason, the President confirmed that Spain is determined to support the leadership and vision of the Secretary-General in relation to the reforms he has proposed for the organization.

Prior to the meeting of the Council, the President received the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, who is on an official visit to Spain, to see first-hand the actions our country is carrying out around Agenda 2030. In this regard, they both agreed on a joint communiqué between the Government of Spain and the United Nations on collaboration for sustainable development.

During their meeting they also had the opportunity to share their impressions regarding the reform UN Secretary General Antonio Gutérres is leading within the organisation, as well as to reinforce positions regarding Spain's support for the United Nations. Both leaders reiterated that multilateralism and an international order based on law is the only response to the complex global challenges affecting our societies.

The Deputy Secretary-General will conclude her visit to Spain by closing the event "Seville Commitment - Local Leadership, Global Transformation" in the Andalusian capital on Wednesday 27 February. The conference, which began on Monday, will see the presentation specific experiences of localizing the Sustainable Development Goals, a key exercise for achieving Agenda 2030.

 

 

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