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Tuesday, September 27 • 10:00am - 6:00pm
Africa-Europe Foundation Day

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10h00 Presentation of the Africa-Europe Foundation

10h15 Agri-food systems: Increasing resilience to shocks and crises
It is estimated that 49 mn people are at risk of famine due to war and climate change. The current Russian war in Ukraine demonstrates how fragile our food systems are, and how a total rethink of our agri-food models is needed to reinforce strategic autonomy, continental partnerships, and accelerate progress towards food and nutrition security to all by 2030. Available research and science should serve in ensuring African countries produce more for themselves, in a way that is inclusive and economically viable, and anchored in the principles of agroecology.

11h30 Taking stock of science for improved climate adaption action
Building on the outcomes and findings of recent events, including CoP26, the latest IPCC AR6 report, science is unequivocal on climate change, and Africa will be the continent most impacted while having contributed the least to its effects. As world’s leaders gear-up towards CoP27, there is a need to focus on adaptation, loss and damage, and finance, to respond to the needs of people impacted by the climate crisis. There is a clear need for adaptation action to be science-based while being better integrated into development planning and programmes in order to deliver a whole-of-society approach that catalyse more public and private investment in adaptation action.

15h00 Digital Economy: Enabling African AI readiness to achieve the UN SDGs

AI is a key enabler to achieve Sustainable Development Goals notably through more efficient use of resources and the enhanced provision of health services. The development of responsible and trustworthy innovative AI solutions needs to be supported by policy and regulatory frameworks, skills development for professions including engineers and researchers and the necessary cloud computing and local data storage capacity. Despite its many benefits, the uptake of AI in Africa remains very fragmented and unequal and the gap between African and European countries is becoming increasingly larger. Some countries such as South Africa already have an AI blueprint while others such as Rwanda, Ghana and Tunisia are developing one. Currently under development, the European Union AI act proposes a harmonized framework for AI policy which could provide an outlook on potential developments in Africa. How can we develop a common AI framework between Africa and Europe in line with the United Nations recommendations in the report Roadmap for Digital Cooperation? This session will deep dive into the development of national AI policy and accompanying frameworks to monitor progress towards the adoption of responsible and trustworthy innovative AI solutions to reach SDGs.

16h30 Intergenerational Dialogue with AEF Youth Delegation and Women
Leaders of Today and Tomorrow: Cross-Continental Cooperation on the SDGs. How can the Africa-Europe Foundation contribute to the United Nations Summit of the Future, September 2023.

18h00 Networking reception


Chahaiya Pilkington

Manager Outreach and Advocacy, Africa-Europe Foundation

Holy Ranaivozanany

Head of Outreach, Advocacy and Partnerships, Africa-Europe Foundation

Tuesday September 27, 2022 10:00am - 6:00pm EDT
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