Conference: “A Partnership of Equals: Africa-EU relations in an increasingly complex world”

Event Details

Languages: Portuguese and English.
Free participation.
TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE before 26 May 2021. Upon registration, a participation link will be sent the day before the event via email.

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 bring together both officials and civil society from Africa and Europe to discuss the main issues on the table regarding the Africa-EU partnership.


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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