As one of the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Spain’s response to the crisis is important both for Europe’s post-pandemic future and could also prove to be the making, or breaking, of important multilateralism. Spain has called upon Europe to provide a recovery fund to the tune of €1.5tn, in order to offset the economic impact of the virus without favouring countries with larger economies and fewer COVID-19 cases. Spain is a member of the Alliance of Multilateralism launched last year. In fact, the Spanish approach to multilateral cooperation includes commitments to work with the UN and the WHO, and pay special attention to women and girls in recovery efforts. The Spanish government has also worked closely with governments in Ibero-America, sharing technological solutions, best practices, and showing solidarity with partner nations.
This new Strategic Conversations series invites key policymakers to share their views on a range of important and strategically relevant issues through interviews with senior thinkers on the Friends of Europe team.
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- “Three scenarios for a Covid-19 world: we can still make the right choices” by Shada Islam
- The politics of crisis in the EU: can the coronavirus pandemic bring Europe closer together? By Zachary McGuinness
- Bailouts – how do we get it right this time round and set the basis for a new social contract? By Dharmendra Kanani and Ashil Sodha
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- What are the lessons learned from the Covid-19 emergency as regards the need to revamp and re-energise increasingly fragilized multilateral organisations, including the WHO and the WTO – and even the United Nations Security Council?
- What solidarity initiatives should Europe be putting in place – both at home and in its partner countries – to help recovery from the pandemic?
- How will the pandemic recovery impact on Agenda 2030- is there opportunity in difficulty?
- What best practices has Spain been able to share with partner countries in Central and South America?
Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ibero-America and the Caribbean
Managing Director at New Horizons Project
Christina Gallach is currently High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda of Spain. She served as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. Previously, she was spokesperson and Communication Director of Javier Solana during his mandates as NATO Secretary-General and as the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security. In addition to these titles, she has been responsible for Equal Opportunities and has served as head of Public Relations in the Council of Europe. A journalist by profession, she possesses extensive expertise as a correspondent in conflict zones, the former Soviet Union and the European Union.
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