The acting Minister of Economy and Business, Nadia Calviño, ratifies the Government's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and the will to turn the challenge of climate change into an opportunity to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth.
The Minister of Economy and Business, Nadia Calviño, has participated in a day of debate on the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS) held in Vatican City. This meeting, organized by the United Nations, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Government of Chile, a country that co-chairs the recently created Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, has brought together experts in climate and ministers of Economy and Finance. Its objective is to exchange information and raise awareness about the economic impact of climate change and sustainable development.
The fight against climate change is one of the priorities of the Spanish Government, fully committed to the Sustainable Development Goals. Proof of this is the creation of a Special Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda and the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan, which has been the best valued in the European Union by the European Climate Foundation.
The minister explained that the Government faces the challenge of climate change with a positive mentality, as an opportunity in terms of the development of new technologies, research and innovation, to guarantee sustainable and inclusive growth. The minister has pointed out the importance of mobilizing public and private investments and of guaranteeing a just ecological transition, that accompanies the most vulnerable sectors and citizens.
The session was attended by Pope Francisco, who has urged the Ministers of Economy and Finance to work together and collaborate with scientists, technicians and citizens as a whole to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and comply with the Paris Climate Agreement. The Pontiff has called for an end to activities that destroy the planet, an end to dependence on fossil fuels and a new stage for clean and safe energies.
The day of debate on the Sustainable Development Goals was held at the headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. This Vatican institution has been responsible for its organization along with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a United Nations agency headed by economist Jeffrey Sachs, and the Coalition of Ministers for Climate Action. This Coalition, created under the aegis of the World Bank and of which Spain is a part since its creation last April, is co-chaired by Chile and Finland.