As Africa and Europe seek to re-set their partnership, Friends of Europe is engaging with its partners across both continents about the long-term vision, as well as the diverging and converging issues at the heart of this established cooperation. Africa and Europe have a shared interest in accelerating work on the global agenda for sustainable development and facing together the pandemic as well as the climate and environmental emergency. The Covid-19 crisis is exposing the lack of resilience on the fundamentals of life and the urgency to rethink our common future as Africa and Europe.
As part of its Africa-Europe Days, Friends of Europe and partners are presenting an inspiring programme of virtual dialogues and an innovative platform of platforms focused on accelerating the impact and reach of the Africa-Europe partnership in the leadup to the Africa-EU Leaders’ Meeting on 9 December.
Friends of Europe will be discussing Africa-EU relations and global development through the prism of key fields including energy, agriculture, the digital economy, health, and transport and connectivity.
Global Policy Dialogues are run as part of the Development Policy Forum of Friends of Europe and partners.
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The High-Level Group Report on Climate is the combination of work undertaken by Friends of Europe and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation under the strategic guidance of the “High-Level Group of Personalities on Africa-Europe relations”. Organised in partnership with the African Climate Foundation, the launch of the HLG Report will outline how an innovative “Africa Europe Climate Alliance” based on mutual learning and joint interest can be the foundation for relaunching the Africa-EU partnership in 2021. The Report’s strategic areas of action focus on the priority domains of Sustainable Agriculture and Energy Transition, at the nexus of climate and development.
Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Honorary President of the Africa Europe Foundation, Chair of the Elders and former president of the Republic of Ireland
Vice-President at the European Investment Bank (EIB)
Director for Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Executive Director of the African Climate Foundation
Jeppe Kofod is a Danish Social Democratic politician serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark since 2019. Previously, he served as a Member of the European Parliament from Denmark in the Party of European Socialists. Kofod used to be the leader of the Social Democrat Group in the European Parliament. Prior to the European elections, he was a Member of the Danish Parliament for 16 years where he served as the Danish Social Democrats’ foreign affairs spokesperson and chairperson of the Foreign Policy Committee. Kofod’s focus areas include the fight for ambitious and binding climate and energy targets, better integration of renewable energy sources in the European energy grid and European energy independence based on renewable energy sources.
Mary Robinson is a prominent Irish politician, widely recognised as having reinvented the office of the presidency during her time as President of Ireland. Mary’s passion for human rights and gender equality have seen her in the role of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy in three roles. Through the Mary Robinson Foundation, as well as her current position at The Elders, she has been a leading voice in the climate justice debate. Mary serves as Patron of the International Science Council and Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, is an Ambassador for The B Team, in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the Aurora Foundation.
Vice-President Fayolle’s areas of oversight include financing of environment, climate action and the circular economy, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), development, financing operations in France, Germany, the ACP countries (Africa and the Pacific – except the Caribbean States and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), OCTs and South Africa. Vice-President Fayolle also oversees the relations with international financial institutions, coordination with multilateral development banks (MDBs), the relations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB) and the European Central Bank (ECB).
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