AU-EU cooperation on the Green Transition: What role for cooperation on international climate policy?

Event Type
Online Expert Roundtable

Online, 16.09.2020


Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), European Center for Development Policy and Management (ECDPM)

Preparations for the AU-EU summit offer an opportunity to give AU-EU cooperation on green transitions a new impetus. On the European side, the European Commission has proposed an ambitious agenda to transform the European Union in a carbon-neutral continent by 2050 and to decouple economic growth from resource use. While the Green Deal is first of all a transformative agenda for Europe, it also has important implications for the EU as a global actor and in particular for the EU’s relations with Africa. On the African side, the African Union and African states have launched a number of initiatives to promote a green transition that also allows for poverty reduction and job creation. The AfCFTA shall promote continental economic integration while the Agenda 2063 has ambitious objectives for energy transitions and the AU is currently preparing a new climate strategy. At the same time, the Corona crisis opens fundamental questions about how to move forward with the implementation of the Green Deal.

Against this backdrop, this Online Expert Roundtable focused on the role of international climate policy for green transitions on both continents. How can AU-EU cooperation become a building block for more ambition in the climate conferences, what is the right balance between mitigation and adaptation, what are adequate financial mechanisms and which role can the private sector play, were discussed questions.

The event was part of a series of policy briefs and online events ahead of the AU-EU summit, jointly organized by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), and the European Center for Development Policy and Management (ECDPM) with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Event information

Date / h
16.09.2020 / 15:00 - 17:00




Photo: Christine Hackenesch, Head of Research Programme "Inter- and Transnational Cooperation"

Christine Hackenesch


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