The Minister and the Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Ángeles Moreno Bau, have participated in a videoconference called by the high representative and vice-president of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, to coordinate a European response to COVID-19 in developing countries .
The videoconference also included the Commissioner for International Partnerships (Development), Jutta Urpilainen, the Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janiz Lenarcic, and the Cooperation Ministers of the Member States.
In the framework of the videoconference, Minister González Laya has presented the COVID-19 Strategy for Spanish Cooperation in Response to Crisis.
The Strategy starts from the need to promote Spanish cooperation with the most vulnerable countries and populations with the aim of giving a global response to a global pandemic, under the premises of "leaving no one behind" and that "no one will be safe until we are all safe. "
The Spanish Cooperation Strategy to face the crisis of COVID-19 has three fundamental priorities: saving lives through a strengthening of public health systems in developing countries; protect the most vulnerable people, especially those in fragile humanitarian contexts, and, lastly, preserve employment and the productive fabric, especially for those at the base of the pyramid in developing countries, many of them neighbors of Spain or with very close bilateral and socioeconomic relations.
The European Commission presented the "Team Europe" initiative to coordinate the cooperation efforts of the European Union and the Member States to fight the COVID crisis, thus contributing to the efforts of the United Nations under the leadership of its Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.
Furthermore, the European Commission and the Member States agreed to coordinate and lead a multilateral international agenda to provide a global response to the challenges and damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.