As president of the FIIAPP Board of Trustees, Calviño has called for progress on the 2030 Agenda with projects that promote sustainable and inclusive development
The First Vice-President and Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, today chaired the meeting of the FIIAPP Board of Trustees, a meeting which was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares. The Secretaries of State for International Cooperation, Civil Service, Migration, Justice and Security also participated in the meeting.
At the meeting, the First Vice-President and President of the Board of Trustees called for the internationalisation of administrations and progress on the 2030 Agenda with projects that promote sustainable and inclusive development.
The Vice-President pointed out that Spain can and must provide leadership from the institutions to strengthen relations between Europe and Latin America, for which the upcoming Spanish presidency of the European Union represents a unique moment.
“Spain must play a central role in the framework of the European Union in promoting cooperation between institutions. Building and improving public systems is the great value proposition with which Europe can cooperate and contribute to global development, and the FIIAPP is a strategic instrument for inserting the European Union’s external action instruments in institutional exchanges that contribute to rules-based multilateralism and the construction of shared values with partner countries,“ she said.
In this regard, Calviño applauded the strengthened role of the FIIAPP in the new Law on Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Solidarity, officially recognised as the Spanish cooperation entity specialising in the mobilisation of public expertise.
For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, highlighted:
“Updating the rules of the Spanish system of cooperation, sustainable development and humanitarian aid is essential to face the complexity of the world we live in. In this crucial task, the incorporation of specialised actors such as the FIIAPP is of fundamental relevance”.
The ministerial representatives of the Board applauded the role recognised in the new Law on Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Global Solidarity for public technical cooperation and the commitment to the internationalisation of our administrations. They also pointed out the leadership that Spanish public administrations can play in the triple transition that today marks the international agenda (green, digital and social), particularly in the Euro-Latin American space.
The meeting also served to update the Foundation’s strategic plan, with a reinforcement of the gender perspective and digitalisation as the driving force for fair development, and to approve the annual accounts for 2020. In 2022, the FIIAPP had an execution volume of €68 million in European projects.
In the last year alone, the FIIAPP has mobilised 700 professionals from public institutions, strengthening judicial cooperation to fight organised crime and protect women victims of gender-based violence in Latin America, a region in which it has also supported important laws such as those on climate change in Chile and Panama or on territorial development in Costa Rica. It has also facilitated the cooperation of the National Police and the Civil Guard in the fight against human trafficking networks in the Sahel, promoted new approaches to public drug policies in Latin America and Central Asia, and accompanied the process of digitalisation of public administrations in Ukraine. Laws on redistributive taxation, equality, transparency, territorial development and access to justice have also been at the centre of public policy accompaniment in Latin America.