Sanchez told the UN that the war in Ukraine should not deprive us of hope

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Peter Kavinsky

United Nations, 22 September (EFE) — Spanish Government President Pedro Sánchez, in his speech to the UN General Assembly, first of all, like other leaders, mentioned the war in Ukraine, saying that despite the dangers it poses, it should not make you lose hope.

He said that the war in Ukraine caused “the foundations of this institution” (the UN) to “shake with such force as several times before”, and lamented that six months later, the “horror” of the Russian invasion of large areas of Ukraine is still present and has brought humanity to “the times we thought we were gone”.

The food crisis caused by the war, together with the climate crisis resulting from global warming, brought under control, he recalled, a world barely recovering from the impact of covid 19, a pandemic that has exacerbated global inequality.

Faced with this situation, the President of Spain acknowledged that “the fatigue is understandable, especially among young people born in this new millennium”, but made it clear that, despite everything, there is hope in the international community that can overcome any adversity, like this an institution like the UN should be trusted “to solve problems that do not understand borders.”

Problems to be faced

He presented these challenges in five areas: health, food crisis, ecological transition, digital transformation and gender equality, and in front of all of them, he presented an example of how Spain is responding to them, offering solutions that he presented as avant-garde.

On health issues, he explained that his government would contribute 15 million euros to the Financial Intermediation Fund for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response, and another 130 million euros to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Regarding the food crisis, Spain will mobilize 151 million euros in donations and 85 million euros in loans for this cause over the next three years.

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez at the UN Assembly today. EFE/Moncloa Basin/Borja Puig de la Bellacas

The fight against the climate emergency has prompted him to announce that Spain and Senegal will jointly promote at this year’s COP 27 climate summit in Egypt the “International Drought Resilience Alliance” to promote innovation, technology transfer and resource mobilization. .

Sánchez, who took the opportunity to defend Spain’s approved measures to lower electricity prices and protect the most vulnerable from rising prices, said Spain also wants to take the lead in the digital transition by hosting a technology hub in Barcelona. United Nations for the digitalization of education.

Similarly, he confirmed that Spain is at the forefront of advocating gender equality and announced that over the next three years it will allocate 100 million euros to organizations working in this field, including UN Women.

Links to Latin America and Gibraltar

The Prime Minister devoted part of his speech to highlighting the “fundamental” role that Latin American countries play in protecting values ​​such as democracy, but said that the region needs international support to deal with problems such as drug trafficking.

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez at the UN Assembly today. EFE/Moncloa Basin/Borja Puig de la Bellacas

He explicitly mentioned Colombia, which “through the efforts of all the people” is starting a new stage of hope for building peace, and promised that Spain would be by her side, ready to support her.

In this context, he assured that he will work to revitalize the union between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean, especially during the Spanish Presidency of the EU in the second half of 2023.

Sanchez over Gibraltar

After examining the situation in other parts of the world, such as Asia, the Middle East or the Sahel, Sanchez mentioned Gibraltar, as is customary in the speeches of the Spanish government presidents before the UN Assembly.

He did this to reiterate that Spain and the UK have reached an agreement on the Rock in the face of Brexit and hope that, on that basis, the UK and the EU will also come to an agreement that respects UN doctrine in the territory and with Spain’s legal position.

Prime Minister and new British Prime Minister Liz Truss planned to hold the first meeting in New York, which did not work out for agenda reasons.

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