Datum & tijd 14/12/2018, 11:00 - 15:30 uur
Towards a common agenda for Africa and Europe? Opportunities and obstacles
Migration, climate change, insecurity and inequality strongly affect countries in Africa as well as in Europe. Is it possible to tackle these issues through a common agenda based on shared interests? Where can we find realistic opportunities for co-operation without turning to wishful thinking? And which practical steps should be taken at the national, European and African level?
Five eminent speakers will explore these questions at this conference organised by Globalisation Studies Groningen and SIB-Groningen on 14 December. In an active exchange with you and the other participants, we will discuss topics such as labour migration, energy/climate, social inclusion, and migration agreements. You are warmly invited because your input is needed. Let’s think together!
The event will take place in the Doopsgezinde Kerk (Oude Boteringestraat 33, Groningen, the Netherlands) and will last from 11.00 to 15.30, including coffee/tea and lunch. Participation is free.
Many prominent experts will be present, including:
- Ernest Yonli, former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso
- Francesco Mascini, regional coordinator for migration in North Africa
- Bernard Wientjes, former chair of VNO-NCW
- Bram van Ojik, MP for GreenLeft and former migration envoy
- Pradeep Monga, Deputy Executive Secretary at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification
The conference will end with a plenary reflection, in which all speakers will participate and aim to formulate elements of a common agenda for Africa and Europe. During this session, the speakers will be sure to make use of the input which participants gave during the seminar meetings. This concluding discussion will be directed by Max van den Berg, Honorary Professor of Global Governance and Sustainable Livelihood at the University of Groningen.