PRESS RELEASE 159
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes whole-heartedly the global reach of COP25 in Madrid
28/11/2019

​• The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, has presented, along with the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, the public diplomacy campaign launched on the occasion of the holding of the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid

 

• Through over 80 activities in 60 countries, a comprehensive dossier and graphic material, the State Secretariat for Global Spain aims to boost Spain’s image as leading global player against climate change

 

Thursday, 28 November. Spain’s offer to organise the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Madrid -under the presidency of Chile and in record time- is a clear indication of our country’s commitment to climate change. Likewise, it represents an unavoidable opportunity for Spain's international projection as a leading global player in the fight against one of the main threats to humanity.

 

These were the words of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, during the presentation of the campaign Spain: Global Player against Climate Change, held this afternoon in the palace of Viana in Madrid, which was also presided by the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera.

 

Ribera stated that the COP25 “will be a reaffirmation of multilateralism as the best tool to solve a global challenge as climate change.” "Neither the UN nor the international community will let the climate agenda decline at a key moment for implementation and action. Spain made an immediate offer to organise the conference in record time. There is no turning back; Governments pursue the multilateral agenda to fight against climate change as its responsibility towards present and future generations”, she pointed out.

 

Borrell, on his part, highlighted the “joint action of the Government as a whole under the leadership of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition” to accept the “challenge posed by the COP25”, and detailed the main lines of action of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to, “from a public diplomacy perspective”, project to the world “Spain’s strong will to be a global player in the fight against climate warming”, including the COP25’s organisation “at the most difficult time.”

 

As he explained, the State Secretariat for Global Spain, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and responsible for projecting the country’s good reputation, has coordinated a public diplomacy international campaign with several key elements.

 

On the one hand, as an argumentative basis, a comprehensive dossier of 50 pages has been prepared, both in Spanish and in English; it includes, in the words of Minister Borrell, “the Spanish view” on climate change and “points out the need for a fair transition that leaves no one behind in the transformation of the production system, which is highly necessary to face the current climate emergency.” It also includes Spain’s strengths regarding the investment in and the generation of renewable energies, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the increasingly broad consensus in Spanish society on the need to act urgently. The Ministry for the Ecological Transition, the Directorate-General for Sustainable Development Policies and the Directorate-General for the United Nations and Human Rights have taken part in its drafting.

 

Over 80 activities in 60 countries have been organised

These ideas will be presented and discussed, on their part, in the more than 80 activities organised by the representations of Spain in more than 60 countries of the 5 continents, many of them in coordination with the embassies of Chile and the local delegations of the UN and the European Union. Presentations to the media, colloquiums, conferences with the participation of the scientific community and educational activities that began on 19 November in Washington and will last until the end of January 2020.

 

Climate change, denial and misinformation: issues addressed at the COP25

In addition to the activities carried out abroad, the State Secretariat for Global Spain has organised for December 11, in the blue zone of the COP25 at IFEMA, the Panel of Experts on Misinformation and Climate Change Denial. a colloquium with international experts in climate change, journalism and misinformation, presented and moderated by the State Secretariat for Global Spain, Irene Lozano.

 

These actions build on a video produced for this event, which is expected to be “the most prominent image of this public diplomacy campaign”, in addition to graphic materials and a social media strategy launched by Global Spain today and for the duration of the Conference. The hashtag used in social media will be #SpainForClimate, together with the COP25 motto, #TimeForAction.

 

2019.1128 Anexo Actividades Campaña COP25.pdfAnnex Activities Campaign COP25.pdf

 

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