Members of European Economic and Social Committee, representatives from networks of economic and social actors from all Africa, as well as international organisations, gathered on 6 and 7 July in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss access to climate funding and to compare African and EU approaches to legal migration. The 3rd meeting of the EU-Africa Socio-Economic Actors Network concluded with a joint resolution outlining proposals which mainly focused on these two issues.
First, profiting from the organisation of a previous regional seminar in Nairobi, the participants learned about labour mobility schemes in the East African Community, and confronted it with legal migration measures in the EU. They underlined the importance of migrants as net contributors to the economic, social and cultural development of destination countries, and stressed the importance of integrating migrants through appropriate pre-departure measures, and of involving the socio-economic partners in the management and implementation of migration policies. Opportunities for collaboration between the two continents, including youth policy, education and social protection aspects, were also analysed.
Second, the economic and social stakeholders examined how the funding measures decided at the COP21 to fight against climate change were put in practice. Multiple funds have been established, but information on these funds for civil society organisations, let alone access to them, is far from clear. Discussions also highlighted that civil society needs to be fully involved in the transition towards a low-carbon economy, including their contribution to a new, sustainable model of production, transformation and consumption.
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