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AU-EU Summit 17-18 February 2022: A Science Agenda

The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-18 February 2022. The purpose of the meeting will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations, in particular in addressing global challenges together.


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Thursday, February 17 • 17:00 - 18:00
(REF 171700) A perspective from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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Policy development that is inclusive, participatory and leads to a concrete practical implementation that is sustainable is a key priority for all who participate in the AERAP AU-EU Science Summit.
How do we establish an enabling environment for the dialogue to take place, so we can engage in an effective process to achieve that priority? The UN has been engaged in Africa and has on-the-ground networks and decades of lessons learned. How can we build and evolve a Global Europe approach to the development process so that assets and knowledge can be harnessed? This can create new and innovative ways to build on existing knowledge and know-how.

The session will look at how cities play a role in their own journey to achieve local aspirations and by sharing and learning speed up the process for all cities?

Africa is urbanizing at a rate of 4% per year, according to UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency tasked with assisting national programmes relating to human settlements through the provision of capital and technical assistance, particularly in developing countries. Population shifts from rural to urban areas lead to a number of challenges such as overcrowding, pollution and crime, among others. Urbanization in the Africa of today is an untapped tool for development and economic growth. Over the next 15 years, cities in Africa will experience higher growth rates than other regions of the world, with Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg and Luanda becoming Africa’s major economic giants.

Speakers
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
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Minerva Novero

Policy Specialist (Thematic Focus: Governance, Cities and Digital Transformation), UNDP
Minerva Novero-Belec is a Policy Specialist in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) in New York. Minerva Novero-Belec is a Policy Specialist UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) in New York. Her thematic focus is on the nexus of governance, cities... Read More →


Thursday February 17, 2022 17:00 - 18:00 CET