Yuste Foundation analyses the progress made and the challenges faced by the 2030 Agenda in Yuste Campus

The Director of the Extremaduran Agency for International Development Cooperation (AEXCID), Ángel Calle, stated today that the 2030 Agenda is “the agenda of current opportunities because we have to keep sharing; future ones, because we need a sustainable development model; and those of the future generation and global opportunities”.

He claimed this at the opening session of the international course “Sustainable Development Goals: Progress and Challenges of the 2030 Agenda”, organised by the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation in collaboration with the University of Extremadura, the Regional Government of Extremadura and the Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development Chair of United Nations’ Development Programme (PNUD) of the Rey Juan Carlos University that counts with the sponsorship of the Extremaduran Agency for International Development Cooperation (AEXCID).

The Director of the AEXCID pointed out in his speech that an international commitment of the policies we create within our territory is as important as those we are able to create in allied countries and that is why “we believe that it is an agenda that offers opportunities that remain in time and do not mortgage the future generations’ future nor the future of other countries”.

Ángel Calle showed his concern about the current problem of migration which, in his opinion, is due to a “bad management of the Member States of the European Union”. This problem is tackled through training and information from the Regional Government of Extremadura in order to avoid “xenophobic and racist endeavours “as may be found in other European governments. In this sense, Calle recalled that the President of the Regional Government of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, announced the creation of the Coherence Secretariat of Public Policies in order to apply the 2030 Agenda and achieve coherence in the application of development policies, “an effort that the public administration does so that nobody is left out”, he said.

The Director General of External Action of the Regional Government of Extremadura and President of the European and Ibero-American academy of Yuste Foundation’s Executive Committee, Rosa Balas, thanked the Director of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals Fund, Paloma Durán, for her collaboration in enabling Yuste Campus to have Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the centre theme of the different courses organised during the summer, as is the one being celebrated at present and the one entitled “Conflict Resolution, Peace, Gender and Development” that will be held from the 11th to the 13th of July in Yuste.

During the opening session, the Director General highlighted that SDGs “are not just the responsibility of public administrations and institutions, but everyone’s, because we are the ones who may contribute to achieve them when changing our conduct”. In her opinion, SDGs should be included in key elements of health, education or business policies. SDGs, she said, “have the greatness of making us agents of change and such courses help us to reflect on what may contribute with and how to do so”.

Finally, Balas recalled the words of the Ibero-American Secretary General and member of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste, Rebeca Grynspan, in her speech during the the course on the relations between Latin America and Europe organised by Yuste Foundation a few days ago, where she affirmed that in this changing world there are two axes that may unite us: the 20130 Agenda and the Agenda of the fight against Climate Change.

The Professor of International Public Law and International Relations at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, Cástor Díaz, affirmed that once the 70/01 Resolution was adopted by which the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda were approved, there was a shift as far as the current vision concerning the international community and international relations are concerned. In his opinion, all the SDGs are summarised in the eradication of poverty and “when this objective is achieved, so will the rest”, he said.