Madrid: International Seminar on "Post-2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development"

agp2015Last Tuesday, 25 February, the International Platform for Cooperation and Migration (IPCM) held the International Seminar on "Post-2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development" at Casa de América Madrid, assisted by the General Secretariat of International Cooperation for Development (SGCID) at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The seminar's objective was to raise the awareness and understanding of the policies to participate in the objectives of the Post-2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development, as well as to establish cooperation channels between different development stakeholders and civil society organizations in a range of European countries.


agp20151The session was opened by Tomás Poveda, Managing Director of Casa América and Rafael Rodríguez-Ponga Chairman of the International Platform for Cooperation and Migration (IPCM), who then gave the floor to Jesús M. Gracia Aldaz, Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Latin America (MAEC).

agp20152After that Amalia Navarro, Coordinator of Communication and Alliances for Spain and Latin America, United Nations Millennium Campaign in Spain, spoke about "The future we want for all: the United Nations position on the Post-2015 Agenda", introduced by Ignacio Uriarte, deputy spokesman for the Cooperation Commission in Spanish Parliament.



Maribel Alañón, Technical Secretary of IPCM, General Director of Fundación Humanismo y Democracia, gave the floor to Gabriel de Cáceres, Foreign Affairs adviser at the European Parliament, who spoke about "Development in a changing world: towards a post-2015 framework. The EU's position on the Post-2015 Agenda".



Next, Francisco Quesada Adviser, Cabinet of the Secretary General for International Cooperation, introduced María Larrea, Deputy Director General for Development Policies, General Secretariat for International Cooperation for Development (SGCID), who spoke about "Global commitment for sustainable inclusive development: considerations on the post-2015 agenda from Spain's perspective."


The last group of presentations introduced by Javier Sota, Coordinator of Spanish Cooperation Policies Monitoring programme (FIIAPP Foundation), was led by Daniel Gayo tenured professor of applied economics at the Madrid Rey Juan Carlos University who spoke about "Financing for development in the post-2015 Agenda".

agp20156Then the international speakers gave their presentations, starting with Artur Rêgo, CDS-PP Member of Parliament of the Republic of Portugal, introduced by María Reina Martín, Vice-President of IPCM and Secretary General of the Workers Association for Training, Research and Social Development (FIDESTRA), who offered a view on Portugal's position in the definition of the Post-2015 Agenda.



When it was Italy's turn, Piergiorgio Sciacqua, First Vice-President of IPCM, President of the National Body for Training and Formation of Workers (EFAL), introduced Maria Teresa Gatti, Director of the Avsi Knowledge Centre, who commented on Italy's position in the definition of the Post-2015 Agenda.

agp20158To close the event Rafael Rodríguez-Ponga, President of IPCM, introduced the audience to Gonzalo Ortiz Lázaro, the new Director General of Immigration at the Social Affairs Department of the Madrid Regional Governmen