From 14 to 18 February 2022, stakeholders from Africa and Europe will come together to strengthen the partnerships between the two continents through a series of policy events and cultural performances in the margins of the 6th African Union – European Union Summit to take place in Brussels.
Global common challenges require the two continents to engage in a renewed series of political and policy dialogues with citizens at their centre. The improved cooperation envisioned by the Africa-Europe Week is set to bring benefits not only to Africa and Europe but to the planet as a whole.
The Week will revolve around three workstreams: the first two streams are policy-focused and will see civil society, local authorities and youth organizations discuss a wide range of themes such as digital transformation, equitable green partnerships, health and education. At the end of each thematic dialogue, the participants will present their policy recommendations to the African and European leaders.
The third workstream has culture at its core. Cultural events such as music and film exhibitions will dye the Africa-Europe Week with the colours of diversity, bringing together artists and art enthusiasts from every corner of the two continents.
The stakeholders-led approach that will characterize the Africa-Europe Week signals the beginning of more people-centred Africa-Europe relations, bringing tangible and concrete benefits to citizens.
The Africa-Europe partnership was first established in 2000 during the Africa-EU Summit in Cairo, Egypt. Since then, the two continents have engaged in several political dialogues and initiatives to bring forward a shared vision on a number of topics.