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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COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Summit, will take place in November 2021, hosted in the UK in partnership with Italy. As part of the #AfricaEuropeDays, a special dialogue will take place with Nigel Topping, the UK’s High-Level Climate Action Champion for COP26, on how “radical collaboration” is critical to accelerating climate action and mobilising all actors towards net zero emissions by 2050. The strategic focus on how civil society, business, governments and the youth sector can work effectively to drive climate action through to COP27 in Africa.
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Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was director of policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Dharmendra has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sector and advisor to numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.
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