Ukraine, the United States and Latin America will be the focus of Albares' agenda during UN Assembly Ministerial Week

News - 2022.9.19

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, will take part this week in New York, starting on Tuesday, in some twenty events scheduled during the Ministerial Week of the LXXVII period of sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. The week will be marked by the war in Ukraine and the resulting economic, food and humanitarian crises.

This year will be the first in a face-to-face format after two years of hybrid meetings due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The minister will hold more than a dozen bilateral meetings with counterparts from around the world, including a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

During the Ministerial Week, and accompanying the President of the Government of Spain, the Minister will take part in the meeting of the Network of Leaders for Enhanced Multilateralism, promoted by Spain together with the European Union, the United States and the African Union, which will address problems related to food security.

José Manuel Albares will also take part in the meeting of the GAP COVID platform, where he will once again meet the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.

He will also address the plenary meeting of the 12th Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, together with Vladimir Voronkov, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, with whom he will hold a bilateral meeting.

This year's UN General Assembly coincides with the 50th anniversary of the speech given at the UN by assassinated president of Chile, Salvador Allende, denouncing the interference of large multinational companies in the politics and economy of his country. To mark the occasion, a tribute ceremony will be held at the Cervantes Institute in New York, in which the current president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, will also take part, together with the president of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, an event which the minister will also attend.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs will hold bilateral meetings with counterparts from Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico and El Salvador, among others, to whom he will have the opportunity to explain the objectives of the Spanish Presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2023, which include strengthening the European Union's ties with Latin America and addressing bilateral issues.

The EU Foreign Affairs Council will hold an informal meeting in New York, with Spain in attendance, to analyse the global economic and security situation resulting from Russia's unjustified aggression against Ukraine.

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