Spain embraces UN blueprint for sustainable development

Spain embraces UN blueprint for sustainable development 

Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell addresses a ministerial meeting of the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States, July 18, 2018. EPA-EFE/Jason Szenes

United Nations, Jul 18 (efe-epa).- The Spanish government committed itself Wednesday at the United Nations to adopt the goals set forth in the world body’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

«We accept the commitments of the 2030 Agenda as an opportunity to launch a new project for our country,» Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said during the presentation of a national report on the implementation of the UN strategy.

Borrell spoke of the progress made by Spain in crucial issues such as health, education, increasing life expectancy, public safety, and strengthening democratic institutions.

The foreign minister, however, recognized that Spain faces significant problems such as «high levels of social inequality,» high unemployment, and gender violence.

Borrell said that after the new government assumed power last month, the public sector, citizens and businesses have taken part in «an unprecedented mobilization» in support of sustainable development policies.

The foreign minister also spoke of the new administration’s decisions regarding sustainable development policies, including the appointment of high commissioners for the 2030 Agenda and for the fight against child poverty, as well as the creation of the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

The new minister of ecological transition, Teresa Ribera, also spoke at the event, recalling the importance of establishing policies that integrate all of the elements comprising sustainable development.

The new High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda, Cristina Gallach, hailed the pledge made by Spanish institutions and other sectors of society to achieve a «profound transformation» of the country.

The Spanish delegation also showed a video presentation with a message by King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who reiterated their objective of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Spain and around the world.