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State secretary Cristina Gallach and United Nations representatives in Spain seek concerted response to COVID-19
17/04/2020
The State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Cristina Gallach, held a video-conference on Friday with representatives of the United Nations agencies and bodies in Spain to analyse the measures adopted around the world to tackle the health and humanitarian emergency caused by COVID-19, and how to evaluate channels for cooperation to aid the socio-economic recovery.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Centre in Valencia (UNICTF-V), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UN-Habitat, the Global Compact, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders (CIIFAL) of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Malaga.

Cristina Gallach conveyed the priority assigned by the government to multilateralism and the work of the United Nations, particularly this year, which is the 75th anniversary of the organisation, and the beginning of the Decade for Action to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda. She also expressed the government’s recognition of the work the United Nations does in Spain.

The COVID-19 crisis, specified Cristina Gallach, is the greatest challenge we have faced since World War Two, but also an opportunity to build a fairer, more prosperous, safer and more supportive world. “The response to the crisis and recovery”, she added, “can only take place through multilateral action and cooperation, with the United Nations system acting as an umbrella and the WHO coordinating its efforts in the field of health”.

The State secretary also took the opportunity to report on Spain’s response to this crisis at a multilateral level, among other aspects, by boosting concerted global action to place women and girls at the heart of the efforts to recover from COVID-19; support to strengthen the WHO and the global health system; support for humanitarian organisations in Latin America and the reorientation of Spanish Cooperation to prioritise the response to the pandemic.

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