On 17-18 October 2017 the 4th EU-African Union (AU) High level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) took place in Brussels.
The meeting took stock of the first results of the first partnership on Food, Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) launched in 2016. One year and a half on its way, this is a long-term joint endeavour, co-owned and co-funded by the European Commission (DG RTD through Horizon 2020 and DG DEVCO through its Pan African instrument), the AU Commission, the EU Member States and the African countries.
Including several pillars (from sustainable intensification to nutrition, agricultural markets or trade) the partnership integrates capacity building – human, institutional and research infrastructures – and innovation processes and it is worth some €70 million to this date. Additional budget of 90 million is earmarked for the partnership in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020. An overall evaluation of this first year of the partnership was discussed and lessons were taken in order to further increase impact and coherence of the multiple actions launched and of the ones to be launched in the future.
In addition, the Senior Officials adopted the roadmap towards a new partnership focused on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (CCSE). Launched in the wave of the renewed momentum created by the United Nations Paris Agreement and the subsequent COP22 conference, it will be fully contributing to the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Partnership is built around three main areas of cooperation: climate services, renewable energy and energy efficiency. It offers a long-term framework for Research and Innovation cooperation and aims at pooling a critical mass of national and international resources building on existing initiatives between African Union and the EU. Through the combined actions of the European Commission, the AU, the EU Member States and African countries the roadmap aims at developing the partnership throughout three phases, from capacity building through research cooperation to commercialisation and utilisation of research results. As a first step, through the next Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 a budget of €40 million euros is dedicated to Africa-targeted actions in the areas of climate services and renewable energy.
The two Partnerships are expected to be fully endorsed at the highest political level at the next EU-African Union Summit to be held in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) on 29-30 November.
Source: European Commission