African Union & European Union commit to closer cooperation, sustainable development
At the recently concluded 6th edition of the European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) Summit in Brussels, a Joint Vision for a renewed partnership between Europe and Africa was unveiled. The thematic pillars for the partnership include solidarity, security, peace and sustainability, as well as sustained economic development and prosperity for citizens and communities.
The Joint Vision is aimed at bringing together people, regions and organizations from both continents, thereby building a common future, as close partners and neighbors. This renewed Partnership also aims to be the driving force in promoting common priorities, shared values, international law, and preserving together common public goods such as:
the security and prosperity of citizens and communities;
the protection of human rights for all;
gender equality and women’s empowerment in all spheres of life;
respect for democratic principles, good governance and the rule of law.
A new Resilience Intel article examines the Summit outcome, with a focus on:
supporting multilateralism, equity, and human rights;
accountability in acting on inspired commitments;
climate resilient development and reducing risk and vulnerability;
changing the landscape of possibility through cooperative mobilization of resources in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
The article includes extensive reporting and analysis from David Michael Terungwa, Citizens’ Climate International Field Development Lead and Africa Coordinator, and the founder of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP). It will inform CCI’s global consultative work toward a global standard for adaptation that reduces risk to zero and leaves no one behind.
This report comes at a time when multilateral cooperation and international law are being subjected to a gruesome, and possibly existential test. To secure a livable future for humankind, we must maintain a rules-based international order where nation states honor the foundations of international law, including non-aggression and human rights, while working toward sustainable prosperity for all.