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Under the Africa-EU partnership, the strategic objective of this area of cooperation between Africa and Europe is to achieve common positions in global fora and international negotiations and jointly address global challenges.

Key areas of cooperation and specific objectives include:

  • Enhancing strategic dialogue on common and global issues such as climate change, environment and natural resource management issues, irregular migration, terrorism and transnational crime and illicit financial flows;
  • Promoting joint positions in global negotiations processes and improving common understanding of the challenges facing Africa, the EU and the global community;
  • Cooperating on implementing multilateral agreements;
  • Promotion of sustainable land management and the fight against desertification and its impact on livelihoods and communities
  • Strengthening of African capacity to monitor environment and security in Africa using Earth Observation techniques through the implementation of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa Action Plan.

Selected activities and achievements

  • A major €80 million programme to support disaster risk management across Sub-Saharan Africa was launched in 2015 by the EU under the EDF. It aims to improve preparedness and early warning systems, and to put in place systems for understanding how disaster losses are generated in order to avoid them in the future.
  • Cooperation on sustainable land management and the fight against desertification is promoted through programmes such as the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative, the TerrAfrica platform and the EU Global Climate Change Alliance initiative.
  • A € 28 million contribution to the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) & Africa initiative was approved in 2015 under the Panafrican programme. It aims at improving African policy-makers and planners' capacity to design, implement, and monitor national, regional and continental policies and to promote sustainable management of natural resources through the use of Earth Observation data and derived information.
  • An €28 million contribution to the CLIMDEV Africa initiative was launched in 2013  with the aim to strengthen the institutional capacities of national and sub-regional bodies to make climate-sensitive policies. ClimDev is a tripartite programme between the African Union Commission, the United National Economic Commission for Africa (African Climate Policy Center) and the African Development Bank (ClimDev Special Fund).