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How are the pandemic, migratory flows and global warming alike? A priori, in little. The question might even sound like a joke. But the truth is that all three constitute global challenges for people and the planet – public health, mobility, climate – that unequivocally require common responses from the public: norms, laws and policies capable of limiting the problem and setting the tone. for the solution.
No nation is going to solve the climate crisis on its own, the market cannot order migratory flows in terms consistent with human security. Civil society, even recognizing the exemplary behavior of citizens during the last year, will not be able to build public health systems by itself that are proof against future pandemics. It must be recognized at once that the world needs political responses that transcend borders.
For many years, cooperation has served and serves to alleviate human suffering, even to promote specific development initiatives in the medium and long term. But I think that, in the 21st century, this is no longer enough. Development can only be built on the foundations of public policies and systems. These – in the plural – are the tool to build solutions at the height of the global challenges that we face today. That policies come first is the premise on which Europe is building its new strategy of alliances and development. In addition, the last two on the list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – 16, strong institutions and 17, partnerships – are a transversal axis and the basis on which to build the other 15.
Spain, with a cooperation system weakened since the 2008 crisis, compensates for this shortage of financial and material resources with human capital. We contribute to the Spanish system and, most notably to the European cooperation system, the talent that resides in our public administrations that today, June 23, commemorate their international day.
The knowledge and experience of our public servants, the vast majority with a true vocation to serve the common good, generate a dialogue that allows us to jointly and jointly address our challenges, based on common values expressed in terms of objectives and goals. in the 2030 Agenda. This policy dialogue can and must feed the political debate with our partners, immersed like us in a moment of transition that the pandemic has made, if possible, more difficult.
They are a mainstay of our foreign action and this enriches our own policies with the experiences of other countries. Networking the talent of our administrations helps to develop public policies that today require an international dimension. It is enough to mention climate change, the importance of migration in origin and destination or the need to vaccinate the entire planet to understand the importance of this form of cooperation.
Dialogue and exchange on policies between different countries and learning between peers in the face of shared challenges is key to generating relationships of trust that bridge the political distance. A trust that we urgently need to mark the path of sustainable development and multilateral governance based on rules, as well as to alleviate from politics, with better regulations and institutions, all the damage that polarization and populism are doing. to our societies.
Anna Terrón Cusí is director of FIIAPP.