COP27 represents a significant milestone in which to break new ground towards Africa and Europe shared future. Being the first African climate COP since 2016 in Morocco and the first one to gather Ministers to assess pre-2030 ambition in the wake of the COP26 Glasgow announcements, stakes and expectations are high for fast-tracking the implementation of the Paris rulebook, accelerating climate action and closing the finance gap.
At COP27, the Africa-Europe Foundation together with its partners, will facilitate open and frank dialogues on key, potentially contentious, issues between our two continents, demonstrating the true value of partnership which can be enhanced in favour of climate action.
The programme in Sharm is timed to take place following the inception phase of the Africa-Europe Foundation (2021-2022), and the current geopolitical context which is having serious implications for the Africa-Europe partnership, following the 6th AU-EU Summit.
The main aim is to occupy the space as AEF, drive the conversation on our climate-related work as aligned with our work on AU-EU monitoring. It will also be an opportunity to take stock of what is discussed at COP27 to feed into AU-EU Commission-to-Commission meeting, and future AEF programming for the climate portfolio.
AEF at COP27 Programming
The Africa-Europe Foundation (AEF) will leverage the opportunity to address key issues aligned with the Africa-Europe partnership, the follow-up of the AU-EU summit commitments, and the Global Gateway investment package, while pinpointing progress and key recommendations on:
ENERGY: Access & Transition - with a focus on the implementation of the Africa-EU Green Energy Initiative (AEGEI), one of the key flagships of the Global Gateway Africa–Europe Investment Package – in partnership with DG INTPA at the EU Pavilion; and a joint SEforALL-AEF high-level EU-Africa ministerial meeting on energy cooperation on ‘Energy Day’ at the SDG7 Pavilion, to be co-chaired by Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Mary Robinson, Honorary co-president of the Africa-Europe Foundation.
CLIMATE ADAPTATION: Scale & Access - with a focus on removing capacity constraints of African economies to access international climate adaptation finance, and enhancing the Africa-Europe adaptation partnership by turning pledges into real funding opportunities for Africa - in partnership with AUDA-NEPAD and the African Climate Foundation (ACF) at the Africa Pavilion; and the upcoming Launch of a Team Europe Initiative on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in Africa – in partnership with the European Commission (DG INTPA), and several EU member states, including of France, Germany and Denmark at the EU Pavilion.
Ocean & Blue Economy – The AEF and the European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) will team up to facilitate an open dialogue on key, potentially contentious, issues between our two continents, demonstrating that cooperation on ocean governance can contribute to climate action. There will be a focus on fostering Africa-Europe ocean-climate action and the official launch of an Africa-EU Strategy Group on Ocean Governance, including Blue Economy - in partnership with the European Commission (DG MARE) at the EU Pavilion.
YOUTH: Agency & leadership - with a focus on cross-continental cooperation between youth from Africa and Europe, and the promotion of youth agency and leadership to accelerate the overall Africa-EU green transition – in partnership with different actors including DG INTPA, UNICEF, UNOPS, the British Council, and ONE.
8th November-World Leaders Summit
- 11:00- 12:00 (EGY TIME) - EU Pavilion
High-level side event on Africa Day – ‘Rolling out the Africa-EU Green Energy Initiative (AEGEI): Accelerating its implementation’
Jointly organised by AEF and the European Commission DG INTPA
9th November-Finance Day
16:00-17:00 (EGY TIME) – Africa Pavilion
High-level side event on ‘Unlocking access to adaptation finance: Addressing capacity constraints and enhancing the Africa-Europe adaptation partnership’
Jointly organised by AEF with AUDA-NEPAD and the African Climate Foundation (ACF)
10th November-Youth Day
- 11:30-12:30 (EGY TIME) – Climate Mobility Pavilion
Panel discussion entitled ‘Build The Future: Voices of the Next Generation’,
Hosted by UNOPS and joined by the AEF youth delegate who will speak at this side- event
- 12:15-13:00 (EGY TIME) – UK Pavilion
Panel discussion entitled ‘Stronger together for the climate’
Hosted by the British Council and joined by the AEF youth delegate who will speak at this side-event
- 15:00-16:00 (EGY TIME) – Climate Mobility Pavilion
Empowering youth mobility in the face of climate change: A focus on Africa and Europe Hosted by the Climate Mobility Pavilion and joined by the AEF youth delegate who will speak at this side-event
14th November- Water and Gender Day
- 19:00-20:00 (EGY TIME) – EU Pavilion
Spotlight on Youth Climate Action with European Commission Executive Vice President for the Green Deal, Frans Timmermans
Hosted by DG CLIMA, with the support of the AEF youth network
15th November-Energy and ACE Day
- 14:30- 15:30 (EGY TIME) - EU Pavilion
High-level side-event on ‘Building a stronger Africa-Europe cooperation on ocean-climate action’
Jointly organised by the AEF and the European Commission DG MARE
- 17:00- 18:30 (EGY TIME) – SDG7 Pavilion
High-level closed door ‘Africa-EU ministerial meeting on energy cooperation’
Jointly organised by the AEF and SEforAll
16th November-Loss and Damage Day
- 17:30- 18:30 (EGY TIME) - EU Pavilion
High-level side event - Launch of the Team Europe Initiative on ‘Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in Africa’
Jointly organised by the AEF, the European Commission DG INPTA, and EU Members States including France, Germany, and Denmark.