The week beginning 28 June 2021 marks the first Forum of the Africa Europe Foundation, the network of networks launched last December to inspire and catalyse partnership action across our neighbouring continents and at the climate-health nexus.
The Forum will convene in a common virtual environment the members, leaders and partners of the Foundation and its Strategy Groups: Health, Digital, Transport and Connectivity, Sustainable Energy, Agriculture and Food Systems.
The first Forum is a key moment to drive collective action on the fundamental issues that are ripe for change across key sectors of partnership, and the interconnected initiatives with potential for major impact. The Forum will also showcase the Foundation’s strategic vision for a reimagined Africa-Europe partnership, and collectively steer how the Foundation will assume its role as a network of networks that amplifies new narratives, catalyses cooperation and provides a unique platform for youth agency and innovation.
The Forum programme is planned to run virtually during the course of one week, from 28 June to 2 July 2021. In addition to thematic group deliberations with Members of the Foundation Strategy Groups (SGs), each day will have a strategic focus on the aggregated priorities emerging across the SGs, more specifically “Health”, “An Africa Europe Climate Alliance”, Cities” and “Youth”; the themes were chosen as being particularly timely to address because they have direct and immediate implications for grappling with current epidemic, climate and labour crises. The culminating moment of the Forum is the plenary session which represents a general assembly of the Africa Europe Foundation in bringing together the Members, key personalities and partner organisations to set the strategic priorities for the coming months, and in the lead-up to the Africa-EU Forum 2022.
The theme of the first Forum is “Ambition”. History has taught us that major crises create opportunities for accelerating social, economic and political change. How can the Africa Europe Foundation, and our collective efforts as a platform of platforms, help write an aspirational new chapter of the Africa Europe partnership at this critical time for our societies?
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