Improving the provision of public goods

Three men gather up a red fishing net full of fish

 

Global Public Goods (GPGs) and Regional Public Goods (RPGs) are opportunities and targets that the entire international community can benefit from and that need to be managed beyond their national context to achieve a coordinated supply on a global or regional level. Clear examples of GPGs include the environmental goods and services provided by nature, peace and security, economic and financial stability, global health or knowledge and culture. All these represent strategic opportunities that must be seized via a coordinated and cross-border approach.

In many cases, the provision of Global Public Goods requires international institutions to undertake certain tasks such as the construction, reinforcement and often coordination of national action: to channel funds to national, regional or global programmes, to monitor and report on progress and, in a growing number of areas, to participate in debates and the implementation of decisions made on a global level. This is why the legitimacy and governance, as well as the quality and management of the abilities of multilateral organisations are vital for the provision of Global and Regional Public Goods.

The different Sectoral Strategies for the entire Spanish Cooperation system and the Sector-specific Action Plans designed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) for all areas that have a cross-sector effect on GPGs (such as the Environment and sustainable development, Health, Economic Growth or Governance) form the basis of the following lines of action that will be prioritised by Spanish Cooperation.

  • Sustainable Development and the Environment
  • Peace and Security
  • International economic and financial stability
  • Global Health
  • Cultural Diversity

Graph representing the orientation strategies and lines of workEstrategia SectorialPlan Estratégico Sectorial de SaludEstrategia Sectorial de Medio Ambiente

The work of the Secretary General's Office for Development Cooperation:

1. Sustainable development and the Environment

  • Monitoring of the EU and the OECD Expert Groups on the Environment and Climate Change, as well as the Practitioners Network.
  • Monitoring the Ibero-American Network of Climate Change Offices and the Poverty-Environment Initiative of the UNDP + UNREDD +UN-Habitat. A pilot initiative in the mainstreaming of Environment and Climate Change issues and to finalise the Mainstreaming Guide.
  • Monitoring Rio+20 processes, especially the working group on financing sustainable development. Monitoring the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, set up in July 2013 by the UN General Assembly and which replaced the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). This forum will drive forward the initiatives required to overcome economic, social and environmental challenges.
  • In addition, Spanish Cooperation will renew its existing international commitments, especially:
  • Coordinating the development of a financing strategy for preserving biology diversity (a commitment taken on at the last CBD). This will be one of the central themes of the CBD COP 12 which will be held in October 2014 in South Korea.
  • Developing a shared strategy for calculating ODA markers for climate change and biodiversity.
  • Continuing to focus on mainstreaming environmental sustainability in all EC policies and to monitor EU and OECD expert groups on the Environment and Development Cooperation.

2. Peace and Security

  • We plan to make a direct contribution to the budget of the African Union, as 40% of all Spanish development aid goes to the peace and security pillar.
  • In line with the MAPP-OAS guidelines, Spanish Cooperation, in close collaboration with the Columbian Authorities, is playing an important role in key areas of the peace process in Colombia, such as victim recognition, transitional justice and land restitution.

3. International economic and financial stability

  • World Bank and IFI meetings. Coordination with the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) for the international finance agenda.
  • Monitoring and contributing to the G20 Development Working Group and the G20 Leaders Summit.
  • Monitoring IFI reform processes.

4. World health

  • Spain will continue to play an active role on the governing boards of public/private health organisations, in particular the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, GAVI and UNITAID. We will continue collaborating with other countries, NGOs and philanthropic organisations to create financing strategies and policies that help provide access in even the poorest communities to medicines, vaccines, diagnosis methods and prevention systems, such as mosquito nets. And as such, we can make a key contribution to combating the most widespread communicable diseases and to supporting health systems in target disease areas.
  • Spain will also continue to take part in public-private partnership donor meetings for the development of heath products such as the AIDS vaccine initiative and the microbicides initiative.
  • In addition, Spanish Cooperation will remain active in international forums such as the UN Network of Health Experts, the World Health Assembly and the UNAIDS Board of Trustees in order to unite and to maximise the effectiveness of public policies for world health.

5. Cultural Diversity

  • Following the Master Plan and MAP Methodology guidelines, cultural diversity is a key transversal priority.