Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé


Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé, President of the SDSN Spanish Network, REDS.

Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé began his diplomatic career as the head of the Coordination Section for Eastern Europe between 1977 and 1980. Afterwards, he was appointed First Secretary of the Spanish Embassy in Yugoslavia. From Belgrade he went on to Rabat, this time as a political adviser (1984-1987). In 1987-1991he was General Deputy Director for Northern Africa and Director of the Institute of Cooperation with the Arab World (1991-1993). In 1993, he was appointed General Director of Foreign Policy for Africa and the Middle East. After being Spain’s Ambassador in Israel from July to December 1996, he was appointed by the European Union as EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, a mission in which he worked from December 1996 to June 2003. He promoted Peace Agreements and fostered the Arab-Israeli dialogue. Immediately after he was elected Member of Parliament for the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE). On 2004 he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. He held the presidency of the United Nations Security Council and the chairmanships-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and the Council of the European Union. He fostered the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

As the Minister of Foreign Affairs he pursued multilateralism, the Alliance of Civilizations, the Group of Friends for the Reform of the United Nations and contributed to the creation of innovative programs for development, healthcare and women rights within the United Nations, and development projects in Latin America.

In 2011 he was elected Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and targeted his international action towards the struggle against hunger and poverty, the promotion of food security and the right to food.

In January 2012, he joined the team of the Global Dry Land Alliance in Qatar and promoted this international treaty for food security in more than 15 member countries of all continents. From 2012 to 2013 he was member of the high level advisory panel of the president of the 67th UN General Assembly.

He holds honorary doctorates by the Universities of Granada and Saint Petersburg or Malta, the Ben-Gurion University, and the Al-Quds University. He is also a regular lecturer in several international institutions and forums, as well as a prolific writer. Since 2011, he teaches at Sciences Po Paris.

Actually he promotes the signature of the International Treaty for a Global Dry Land Alliance in Qatar, he is Honorary Chairman of the CIRSD Board of Advisers (Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development), Senior Advisor of Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and president of the SDSN Spanish Network, REDS.