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Multilateral Organisations

Flags from various countries blowing in the wind outside the UN headquarters


Within the multilateral system, the United Nations stand as a fundamental reference point in the field of international development cooperation. From the wide range of UN agencies and projects that Spanish Cooperation is involved with, either through direct intervention or the provision of resources, the following entities are especially important in terms of their scope and strategies: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)World Food Programme (WFP)United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)World Health Organization (WHO/PAHO)International Labour Organization (ILO)United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). As seen in the 4th Master Plan, the priorities of multilateral action must reflect the lessons learnt from past experiences. As such, Spanish multilateral cooperation has four guiding principles: concentration, effectiveness, shared responsibility and participation.

In this context, the Office of the Secretary General for International Development Cooperation (SGCID), in collaboration with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), is currently working on the revision of Strategic Association Framework Agreements (MAE) with the UN agencies with which a Framework Agreement has already been signed - UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN-Women, as well as with other agencies and programmes  As part of its commitment to the UN system, Spain has also been one of the key promoters of the MDGs, with the creation of the Spanish-UNDP MDG Achievement Fund. In this respect, and in light of the target date for achieving the MDGs, the SGCID also prepares and coordinates Spain's positioning in the Post-2015 Agenda process debates and in the process for establishing the Sustainable Development Goals, resulting from the Rio+20 Summit, with the aim of merging these two processes into a single agenda for post-2015 development.

The SGCID is also responsible for establishing Spain's position in the OECD DAC and the G20 Development Working Group.

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