Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain (2000-2010) confirmed his participation at the Rhodes Forum this year. Together with Joschka Fischer, Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany (1998-2005), he will speak at the Strategic Panel Session, which bears the same title as this year’s Forum: ‘Making Multilateralism Work: Enhancing Dialogue on Peace, Security, and Development’.
Moratinos has committed his professional and political activity to building international relationships and development cooperation. He is a true visionary of positive global development and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, he helped create the Alliance of Civilisations, the Group of Friends for the Reform of the United Nations, and also contributed to the creation of innovative programmes for development, healthcare, and women’s rights within the UN system. Moratinos promoted new programmes and funding for water and sanitation in developing countries in Latin America. In his term as Minister, he doubled the official development assistance funds and placed Spain as the sixth largest donor in the United Nations system.
Upon leaving his role as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation on the 20 October 2010, Moratinos began teaching at the Sciences Po Paris. During this period, he was also nominated for the office of Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and made the struggle against hunger and poverty and the promotion of food security his platform.
During his career he has been awarded numerous distinctions, awards, and decorations acknowledging his political and diplomatic achievements. Within the academic sphere, Moratinos was given honorary doctorates by the University of Saint Petersburg, the University of Malta, Ben-Gurion University, and the Al-Quds and Tel Aviv University.
On his website Moratinos states: “We are living in times of change and deep transformation. Today, we are leaving ‘yesterday’s world’ behind and tomorrow we will have to build the future. We will only achieve it if we are able to understand the new perspectives of the world and the numerous chances and challenges they entail. We will only achieve it if we are willing to make a better world, more just, more supportive and more prosperous, a world in which inequalities disappear and collective commitment prevails. All of that may be reached through participation and collaboration, with the ideas, projects and criticisms of all of us”.
The Rhodes Forum will be held from 5-6 October on the Greek island of Rhodes, and addresses the abovementioned issues and more, with a focus on how dialogue can help find sustainable solutions for realising a truly multilateral world. Bringing together leaders from academia, politics, and the business community, the Rhodes Forum continues in the tradition of previous years, with a focus on developing practical policy recommendations through dialogue and cooperation. For more information and to register, please see here.