On the 28th of May 2021, The Portuguese NGDO Platform will host the Conference “A Partnership of Equals: Africa-EU relations in an increasingly complex world”, organized within the project “Towards an open, fair and sustainable Europe in the World”. The event will bring together both officials and civil society from Africa and Europe to discuss the main issues on the table regarding the Africa-EU partnership.

The Covid-19 pandemic deepened already existing challenges and highlighted the need for structural transformations in our societies. From the impacts of climate change to the increasing of inequalities, the pandemic made it impossible to ignore that global challenges can only be met through genuine cooperation between all countries and sectors. In a key moment for Africa-EU relations and in the run up to the next AU-EU Summit, the Conference “A Partnership of Equals: Africa-EU relations in an increasingly complex world”, aims at discussing the fundamental principles that should be at the core of a genuine and meaningful partnership, focusing on its the potential to promote people-centered policies.

The event will take place online on the 28th of May from 9.30am to 4.30pm GMT+1. The session will be conducted both in Portuguese and English and simultaneous interpretation will be available for zoom participants.

Participation is free, but subject to registration. Upon registration, you will receive the link through which you can attend the session the day before via e-mail. Register for the conference here until the 26th of May.

More information on the conference can be found in the agenda below.

Agenda (* tbc) 

9.30am - Opening 

  • Ana Patrícia Fonseca, President Plataforma Portuguesa das ONGD 
  • Francisco André, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (Portugal) 

9.45am - Keynote address – Africa-EU Partnership in an increasingly complex world   

  • Jutta Urpilainen, European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships  
  • Representative from the AU* 

10.05am - Africa-EU Civil Society Survey – presentation of key findings 

  • Anke Kurat, VENRO 

10.20am - Towards a genuine and meaningful Africa-EU Partnership 

  • Birgitte Markussen*, Head of the EU Delegation to the African Union 
  • Faten Aggad, Senior Advisor to the AU High Representative on AU-EU relations  
  • Luís Leandro da Silva, Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Portugal) 
  • Tanya Cox, Director CONCORD Europe 
  • Moses Isooba, Executive Director Uganda NGO Forum  

Moderated by Josianne Gauthier, Secretary General CIDSE 

12pm - Lunch break 

2.00pm - An equality driven Partnership that leaves no one behind 

  • Cristina Moniz, Vice-President Camões – Portuguese Development Agency 
  • Ernestina Menezes*, Executive Director National Institute for the Promotion of Gender Equality of São Tomé and Príncipe 
  • Carine Nsoudou, Executive Director Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT) 

Moderated by Luísa Fondello, Caritas Europa 
2.45pm - A fair, inclusive, and sustainable economic Partnership 

  • Representative from DG INTPA* 
  • Stephen N. Karingi, Director of the Regional Integration and Trade Division UNECA 
  • Paul Okumu, Head of Secretariat Africa Platform 

Moderated by Jean Saldanha, Director Eurodad 

3.30pm - Human Rights at the core of a democratic partnership 

  • Marisa Matias, Member of the European Parliament (GUE/NGL) 
  • Solomon Ayele Dersso*, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights  
  • Simão Tila, JOINT Mozambique 

Moderated by David Kode, CIVICUS  
4.15pm - Closing 


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