Today Queen Letizia of Spain attended the board meeting of the Foundation for Help against Drug Addiction at the Headquarters of Iberdrola in Madrid. Her Majesty the Queen is the honorary President of this foundation since 2015. Before Letizia, her Mother-in-law Queen Sofia was the President of the foundation.
The Foundation for Assistance against Drug Addiction is a private, non-profit, non-denominational institution independent of all political affiliations, of a charitable-assistance nature, and endowed with consultative status with category II before the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The FAD has as its fundamental mission of prevention of drug consumption and other risky behaviours that prevent or hinder the personal and social development of adolescents.
Founded in 1986 on the initiative of Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado – president of the institution until his death in 1995 – with the support of companies, institutions and professionals, the FAD develops its activities in collaboration with other civil society organizations that understand that the problems of drugs require a solitary response, which must be articulated mainly from the field of prevention.
At the headquarters, Queen was received by the President of the foundation.
During the meeting, the vice president and the president of the Economic Commission presented the Activities Report and the 2017 Economic Report. Later on, the president explained the follow-up of the Strategic Plan: organization and procedures, communication and contents, and the General Director explained the implementation of digital transformation and income diversification.
Keeping her look low-key the Spanish Queen chose a simple chic outfit today. She wore a white blouse by Adolfo Domínguez that she debuted in last July.
Letizia finished her look with TOUS long chain earrings that have been part of her wardrobe for a long time.
This week Queen Letizia will accompany King Felipe for an official visit to the United States. The royal couple will land in America on 14th of June and start the engagements in New Orleans, Louisiana on 15th and 16th. The next stop will be San Antonio in Texas on 17th and 18th June. The Spanish royals will be officially received by American President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in Washington on 19th June.
Today Queen Letizia presided over the annual meeting of the highest governing body of Residence of Students in Madrid. The Residence of Students was the first cultural centre founded in Spain.
The Student Residence, who’s Honorary Presidency is held by the King, was founded in 1910 by the Board for the Extension of Scientific Studies and Research. Currently, it has the status of a private foundation, which was created on December 14, 1989, by the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).
The Residence was founded to provide accommodation for students along the lines of classic colleges at Bolonia, Salamanca, Cambridge or Oxford. It became established as a cultural institution that helped foster and creates the intellectual environment of Spain’s brightest young thinkers, writers, and artists.
The Residence organizes numerous public events, such as conferences, round tables, concerts, readings of poems, meetings or exhibitions. In addition, about 3,000 researchers, artists and other professionals from the most diverse fields, from all over the world, live in the Residence each year. In 2015, the Residencia de Estudiantes was awarded the European Union’s European Heritage Label due to the significant role it has played in the history and culture of Europe.
The agenda of today’s meeting was to welcome new patrons. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved; the activity and economic report was approved, the balance sheet as of December 31, 2017, the destination of the income obtained to comply with the foundational purposes and the report on compliance with the code of conduct on temporary investments were discussed along with the action plan for the year 2019.
Upon arrival, Queen was received by the Secretary of State Education and Director of the student’s residence.
Today Queen Letizia travelled to Belgium to attend the inaugural session of the XII edition of the “European Development Days (EDD) 2018. She was joined by the Queen Mathilde of Belgium for the event. EDD is the largest European forum of international cooperation and development, whose main theme is gender equality and the empowerment and participation of women and girls in sustainable development.
Organized by the European Commission, the “European Days of Development 2018”, which will be held on June 5 and 6 in the Belgian capital, bring together the world development community to share ideas and experiences to inspire new alliances and innovate in solutions for the challenges facing the planet.
Under the slogan “Women and girls in the vanguard of sustainable development: protection, empowerment, investment”, the agenda of the European Development Days of 2018 will be developed around three themes and key priorities in the current context: “to ensure the physical and psychological integrity of girls and women “(physical autonomy); “promote the economic and social empowerment of girls and women” ¨ (economic autonomy) and “strengthen the voice and participation of girls and women” (political autonomy).
Before the beginning of the day, the Queen held a private meeting with Queen Mathilde of Belgium, at the Royal Palace of Laeken. In the end, they went together to attend the European Development Days.
Then Doña Letizia accompanied by Queen Mathilde and the attending Heads of State and Government, moved to the auditorium before the beginning the inaugural session of the XII edition of the “European Days of Development 2018”.
Speaking at the event Queen Letizia said,” Europe plays an essential role in the social policies that lead the way to cooperation. As the UN and the European Commission affirm, a cross-cutting equality approach is the backbone in the development of the capacities that every human being deserves: education opportunities, access to health services and quality nutrition and to move freely and safely. Fighting the combination of poverty and gender inequality, demands a balance between both the public and private spheres in our life, between the political and economic, and family and beliefs.”
Full Transcript of Queen’s impressive speech –
“Good morning and thank you very much for allowing me to take part in these relevant European Days dedicated to development.
Two weeks ago, I was walking around the most impoverished neighbourhood in the American continent –Cité Soleil, in Haití- (where I went to raise awareness and support for the Spanish cooperation). That same day, a woman was being appointed as president of de New York Stock Exchange. At the very same hour, when the biggest stock market in the world was being led for the first time in its history by a woman (Stacey Cunningham), another woman, Nadine, 17 years old, was telling me in her best French, that her 3year old son (just imagine), didn’t have anything to eat. She also told me that she could not read nor write. And also that she nearly died giving birth.
You all probably know about hundreds, thousands perhaps, of cases that show similar disparities all around the world. You all know very well that these things happen. Every day. You also know that when referring to human development there is more to it than just pure economic growth.
Europe was built upon such values as solidarity. And that is one of the reasons why we are here. Because Europe plays an essential role in the social policies that lead the way to cooperation. As the UN and the European Commission affirm, a cross-cutting equality approach, is the backbone in the development of the capacities that every human being deserves: education opportunities, access to health services and quality nutrition and to move freely and safely. Fighting the combination of poverty and gender inequality, demands a balance between both the public and private spheres in our life, between the political and economic, and family and beliefs.
Two more ideas I would like to share with you as food for thought: integral health, in the words of the WHO, precedes development. It is, in fact, the very source of development. The amount of figures on health development and women is endless. As an example, I just pick these from recent WHO reports: 40 percent of the world population has no access to electricity or clean fuels. This results in 4 million deaths per year, mostly women and children.
When talking about development cooperation, a joint enterprises and committed action by all the social, economic and political actors, is certainly the most appropriate and valuable way to reach the objectives set by the EU Gender Action Plan, in line with the UNSDGs. And, ultimately, a good way to provide every human being with the means to find the best possible conditions for the full development and, of course, for the happiness. Thank you all very much.”
Letizia ended the day by attending the opening of the debate organized by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development on “Women and girls with disabilities”.
The Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development – AECID, manages the Spanish policy of international cooperation.
Letizia with the delegates and participates of the AECID.