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The President of the Government attends the first fully face-to-face United Nations General Assembly in three years

Pedro Sánchez with the Secretary General of the UN, Antnio Guterres.POOL / MONCLOA

Pedro Snchez arrives today Monday at New York where does the first start United Nations General Assembly fully face-to-face in three years. Sánchez, who is meeting this Monday night (Spanish time) with the general secretary of the organization, Antonio Guterres, comes at a very complicated time for international relations, which is also having repercussions on the Government’s police agenda. So his agenda consists, fundamentally, of a series of initiatives aimed at mitigating the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but without explicitly taking sides with kyiv or with NATO allies, something that could further strain relations. between the PSOE and United We Can.

Because the theme that flies over the summit is, obviously, the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia. In this sense, USA and the other democracies that support the kyiv government face the meeting with a certain margin of manoeuvre, after the catastrophic performance of the Russian troops on the battlefront and, especially, after the unexpected tug of the ears that two of the largest Putin’s allies – the Chinese Xi Jinping and the Indian Narendra Modi– they hit him in the summit of Samarkand Shangi GroupIn the past week.

Xi, and especially Modi, made it clear to Putin that since he is proving that he cannot win the war, it is better that he think of some formula to seek peace. As if that were not enough, one of Russia’s partners in its near space, Armeniaseems to be speeding out of Moscow’s orbit, as made clear this week by the visit to that country by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

Paradoxically, this situation has further cracked the fragile government coalition in Spain. As published yesterday, Sunday, EL MUNDO, United We Can reject the entry of Sweden Y Finland in NATO, and the tensions have even threatened to break the government agreement.

Sanchez’s agenda in New York seems destined to tiptoe around those issues. The president will have a series of bilateral meetings with other heads of government, but, since these meetings can be suspended at any time, the only one confirmed is with the president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, a left-wing man with whom it is very convenient for Sánchez to take a photo and express the support of the Government of Spain at a difficult moment for the Latin American president, after the failure of the referendum on the country’s new Constitution. Sánchez will have the opportunity to explain his vision of economic relations between Spain, the US and Latin America at a round table organized by the Spain-USA Chamber of Commerce.

Food safety

Equally disinfected -facing Spanish public opinion- is the World Summit for Food Securitywhich Sánchez chairs on Tuesday together with the US Secretary of State, Tony Blinkenthe President of the European Council, Charles Michaeland the president of the African Union, macky sall. The Summit is a continuation of the Roadmap for World Food Securityan initiative of the United States that crystallized in May with its signature by 103 countries.

And, although its objective is to combat the lack of food security that threatens no less than one in seven human beings on Earth, in its background is the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Moscow has for months blocked the export of agricultural products – especially cereals – from Ukraine, the vast majority of which were destined for developing countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. However, the strategic component of the initiative will once again take second place, below its humanitarian nature. The same can be said of Global Crisis Response Group, in which Sánchez participates on Thursday. This is an initiative of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who since April has been trying to find formulas to solve the energy and economic crisis triggered by the invasion of Ukraine.

Sánchez also meets with a group of investors on Thursday, in what is almost a tradition of visits to New York by Spanish presidents and, very especially, the current one. The meeting comes at a difficult time. A little over a year ago, Moncloa opted for the transformation of Spain into a center for audiovisual production and the development of new technologies. It was a sensible bet. But it was late. The making of films and series is slowing down as the industry of the streaming literally faces oversupply. And technology companies have been hit hard on the stock market by the slowdown in the world economy, while, at the same time, the promises of a revolution in that sector that were made with Covid-19 and the impact of the remote work have not materialized.

The other investment that the Government wants to attract is in renewable energies. There Sánchez has to compete with the United States itself, where investors have focused their attention after the approval, together a month ago, of the law for the reduction of inflationwhich includes, among other items, investments to mitigate climate change and favor the energy transition worth 370,000 million euros.


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J. A. Allen

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