Cities: new narratives for a stronger Africa-Europe partnership
Panellist – Mayor of Freetown
Mohammed Adjei Sowah@MayorAdjeiSowah
Panellist – Mayor of Accra
Panellist - Director of ODI Europe
Panellist - Vice-President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography
Panellist – Founder and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Panellist – Co-Chair, Africa-Europe Foundation Strategy Group on Energy , Former European Commissioner for Climate Action and Chair, KR Foundation
Panellist – Secretary General, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda
João Ribeiro de Almeida@camoes_ip
Panellist – President, Institute Camões
Edlam Abera Yemeru
Panellist - Chief on Urbanization at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Panellist - Former Co-Chief Executive Officer at Gokada and member of the AEF High-level Group
Panellist - Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer at ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment LTD and member of the AEF Women Leaders Network
Panellist - Former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Global Fund for Women and member of the AEF Women Leaders Network
Chair – Chief Spokesperson, Friends of Europe
The role of cities and mayors is critical to reset the relationship between Africa and Europe in the post-Covid-19 recovery. Mayors across the two continents are already working together, showing leadership and progress in areas where states struggle to find common ground. These pragmatic alliances between cities can reinvigorate a more equal partnership between Africa and Europe, making a real difference in the lives of all urban residents.
Cities matter: by 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. While not all cities grow at the same pace across Africa and Europe, they share similar opportunities and challenges pertaining to demography, climate change and global pandemics – all factors affecting modern urban living. When Covid-19 dealt a blow to African and European cities with devastating health and economic impacts, mayors stepped up to the challenge, working to secure access to health and other basic services for their residents, as well as innovating and adapting policies and practices to a new global reality.
In this session, organised in partnership with the Africa Europe Foundation (AEF), mayors contributing to the Mayors' Dialogue on Growth on Solidarity share their experiences of working together with other leading figures and look ahead to how cities can shape the future partnership between the two continents.
Cities connect all the work streams of the AEF Strategy Groups, from transport infrastructure, food systems and the energy transition to healthcare and digital innovation. This session will focus on how city leaders and existing city led platforms can act as catalysts to drive action on the priority initiatives identified by the Foundation Strategy Groups.
A limited number of registration places are available to participate via Zoom. The session will be livestreamed here to a wider audience.