Spain

26 February 2019, Madrid

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to First Meeting of the Sustainable Development Council [as prepared for delivery]

I thank the Government of Spain for inviting me to this very important first meeting of this newly established Sustainable Development Council.
 
Let me start by commending Spain’s remarkable track record in support of sustainable development.
 
Through initiatives like the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund, established together with the United Nations, Spain has proven itself a steadfast supporter of sustainable development from day one.
 

26 February 2019, Madrid

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to Meeting of the First Joint Parliamentary Committee for the 2030 Agenda [as prepared for delivery]

I am pleased to join you today.
 
I commend Spain’s Congress of Deputies and its Senate for coming together to create this Joint Parliamentary Committee for the 2030 Agenda.
 
Your high-level commitment to the 2030 Agenda is a great testament to the importance that all political elements in Spain attach to the Sustainable Development Goals.
 

26 February 2019, Madrid

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks on the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement: Towards a Fair and Sustainable Globalization [as prepared for delivery]

The 2030 Agenda has given us a once-in-a-generation chance to drive inclusive economic prosperity, protect our planet and improve the lives of billions of people, leaving no one behind.
 
This year, heads of State and Government will meet in New York at the High-Level Political Forum to complete the first review cycle of progress toward the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 
 

25 February 2019, Barcelona

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at Mobile World Congress [as prepared for delivery]

We are in the midst of technological change unprecedented in pace and scope and we cannot predict where it will lead. 
 
What we do know, is that we need to start working much better together if we are to steer change for the good of all. 
 
Within our lifetime, we’ve gone from digital technology being virtually unknown to now more than half of all humanity being connected to one another through the internet and mobile carriers.
 

Arancha  González Executive Director of the International Trade Centre

Arancha González

Executive Director of the International Trade Centre

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 15 August 2013 the appointment of Arancha Gonzalez of Spain as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and World Trade Organization (WTO) for trade and international business development.

She will replace Patricia Francis of Jamaica from 1st September 2013.

Marta  Ruedas Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator

Marta Ruedas

Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 12 April 2018 the appointment of Marta Ruedas of Spain as his new Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).  Ms. Ruedas will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq.

Ana  Maria Menéndez  Senior Adviser on Policy

Ana Maria Menéndez

Senior Adviser on Policy

On 21 June 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Ana Maria Menéndez of Spain as the next Senior Adviser on Policy. Ms. Menéndez succeeds Kyung-wha Kang of the Republic of Korea to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.

01 March 2016, Madrid

Opening remarks at press encounter with José Manuel García-Margallo Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain

Muchas gracias, Señor Ministro.

Señores y señoras, buenas noches.

Es un gran placer de estar en España.

Muchas gracias por su hospitalidad.

It is a great pleasure for me to be back in Madrid. I thank the Spanish government and people for their commitment to the ideals of the United Nations.

Through its current membership on the Security Council, Spain is helping the world to address the most urgent issues on the international agenda, as has been explained by Foreign Minister [José Manuel] García-Margallo.

29 October 2015, Madrid

Opening remarks at press encounter

Buenas tardes. Es para mí un placer estar de vuelta en España. Esta es mi undécima visita al país. A usted, Señor [José Manuel] García Margallo, Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, y al Gobierno y el pueblo de España, muchas gracias por su hospitalidad.

This is a particularly fitting time for me to be here in Spain and I would like to express my deepest gratitude for Spain’s support and global solidarity.

I am here to celebrate with you the 60th anniversary of Spain’s membership in the United Nations and also 70th anniversary of the United Nations.