The accumulation of economic and political crises has pushed Spanish institutions to pull back from their essential responsibilities regarding external and internal actions, such as the fight against climate change, and condemning cooperation programs to financial marginalization.
In 2016, all multilateral voluntary contributions were limited to 23.4% of multilateral development assistance (ODA). More exactly, 477 million euros.
The promotion of sustainable development is an ethical obligation of any modern State, much more so for those whose economic conditions are well above the global average. But it is increasingly clear that the defense of these values is also part of a well-understood self-interest and in a dignified and intelligent way of gaining international influence. Spain embraced this strategy at some point and must now recover it by taking advantage of the opportunities offered by multilateral cooperation.
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