PRESS RELEASE 057
Consensus among cooperation leaders of public authorities to attend to the people and countries most vulnerable to the COVID-19 crisis
17/04/2020
A meeting was held on 17 April of the Directors-General for Development Cooperation of the regional governments, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (Spanish acronym FEMP) and the Cooperation Funds and Confederation of Cooperation and Solidarity Funds (Spanish acronym: Confocos), called by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. The Director General for Sustainable Development Policies, Gabriel Ferrero, took part on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was agreed at the meeting to support the most vulnerable communities and countries in tackling the consequences of COVID-19.

The participants met with the aim of sharing responses to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, and those it will have in the coming months on developing countries. They agreed that the crisis situation we are facing knows no borders, ideologies, creeds or ethnicities. They also shared their profound concern over the devastating impact this crisis could have on developing countries, mainly with an immediate impact on human life, but also the impact in the short and medium term on poverty and inequalities in all dimensions.

Given this situation, all the public authorities represented stated that support for the most vulnerable people and communities on the planet, in developing countries, is more necessary than ever. Firstly, through solidarity with their suffering and on ethical grounds, because that is duty-bound; but also, because there is no assurance that we are safe from the pandemic and resilient to the economic impact it will cause if this is not done on a united front. They unanimously agreed to convey this message of solidarity and inter-dependence.

Over the coming weeks, the heads of cooperation departments agreed to work together in order to submit contributions to draw up a response strategy designed by all the State authorities to the COVID-19 crisis situation and to mitigate the impact this could have on countries, people and communities with which they cooperate.

 

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