EU/Africa Local Government Forum
The EU/Africa dialogue comes at a crucial time for the continent when Africa and Europe face common threats related to the risks of destabilization in their respective societies due to extremism and terrorism and the pressure of international migration and refugees.
UCLG Africa’s advocacy and mobilization interventions include highlighting the very important role local governments must play in promoting and challenging these critical issues at a local level. For example, the position paper on migration tabled by UCLG Africa highlights the crude reality that migration and refugees have their origin and destination in local territories under the responsibility of local and subnational governments. The paper advocates that our members become more engaged in discussions on the different ways to address issues raised by these two important continental agendas on extremism and migration.
UCLG Africa was also involved in the facilitation of the first Europe-Africa Local and Regional Government Forum which brought together leaders of local and regional governments of the Member States of the African Union and of the European Union, for a meeting on November 27, 2017 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on the side-lines of the 5th EU-Africa Summit of Heads of State and Government of the two regions outlining their commitment to working closely together.
UCLG Africa will mobilize local and subnational governments to: