The Spanish government defends the central role of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic at the high-level meeting of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The DAC of the OECD, which met last Monday and Tuesday, is the main international forum of donor countries, whose mission is to promote development cooperation within the framework of Agenda 2030.
After the presentation of the global perspective report on Financing for Sustainable Development of the OECD on Monday, in which the Secretary of State of Spain Global, Manuel Muñiz, took part, the Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Ángeles Moreno Bau, intervened in the session of the high level meeting dedicated to the reconstruction after the crisis of the COVID-19 with a special emphasis on a green recovery, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Spain’s proposals on the DAC’s role in reconstruction focused on enhancing ODA instruments to strengthen health and social protection systems, especially for the millions of people working in the informal sector, as well as sustainable development based on a zero carbon footprint to achieve climate resilience. “It is urgent to protect the right to food, education and employment,” defended Moreno Bau.
The High-Level Communiqué adopted at the end of the meeting underlines the severe setback that the pandemic has caused to the Sustainable Development Goals. Hundreds of millions of people in developing countries will lose their livelihoods and fall back into poverty, according to the OECD’s global outlook report. The communiqué underscores the need to mobilize new and more diverse sources of financing for recovery.
The Spanish government has been supporting in various forums the extension until the end of 2021 of the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative, as well as the implementation of a coordinated global initiative to swap public and private debt for climate action and human development. In addition, Spain has advocated the full integration of the private sector in the response to the pandemic and the convening of a special UN High-Level Political Forum in 2021 to renew commitment to Agenda 2030.