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EU-China pre-summit briefing

7/10/2018
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Friends of Europe’s high-level EU-China pre-summit briefing took place in Brussels on 2 July 2018, focusing on the increasingly fragile global order which spotlights the European Union and China as future champions of the multilateral rulebook. Speakers included his Excellency Zhang Ming (Ambassador of the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the EU) and Gunnar Wiegand (Managing Director Asia and Pacific at the European External Action Service (EEAS)). The debate was moderated by...

Duration:00:22:45

Conversation with Věra Jourová

7/6/2018
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Friends of Europe’s conversation with Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, took place in Brussels on 26 June 2018. Ms. Jourová discussed her areas of responsibility to explore how the highs and lows of this wide and important brief affect the everyday lives of European citizens in terms of equality and rights. The debate was moderated by Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe

Duration:01:14:26

Leaving no one behind - The SDG challenge of reaching the last mile

6/11/2018
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The Friends of Europe dinner debate on 5 June 2018 focused on the SDG challenge of reaching the last mile: how can we end poverty in all its forms everywhere? The discussion was moderated by Shada Islam, Director of Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe.

Duration:02:11:58

Session III: Growth, jobs and economic cooperation

6/8/2018
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The last session of Friends of Europe’s Africa Summit focused on ‘jobs, growth and economic cooperation’. Africa and Europe can and should learn from each other’s’ experience in tackling economic challenges. Speakers included Richard Amor (Head, Global Partners Operations Directorate, European Investment Bank (EIB)); Christoph Beier (Vice Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)); Arancha Gonzalez (Executive Director, International Trade...

Duration:00:49:28

Session II: Exploring Africa’s creative and digital assets

6/8/2018
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As a part of Friends of Europe’s Africa Summit, Session II explored the creative and high tech industries in Africa and the massive potential for continent-wide job creation and GDP growth. The event took place on 4 June 2018 in Brussels. Speakers include Sindiso Khumalo (Designer and Founder of Sindiso Khumalo Fashion, working towards promoting sustainable and ethical African creations) and Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl (Managing Director, African Innovation Foundation and Programme...

Duration:00:51:16

Session I: Resetting Africa-Europe relations

6/8/2018
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: Friends of Europe’s ‘Africa Summit’, held in Brussels on the 4 June 2018, looked at the evaluation and re-setting of Africa-Europe relations. Speakers included Mo Ibrahim (Chairman and Founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation); Elisabeth Guigou (President of the Anna Lindh Foundation Mediterranean Foundation for Dialogue); Esther Nakajjigo (Uganda’s Ambassador for Women and Girls); Günther Nooke (Commissioner for Africa and the German Chancellor's Personal Representative for Africa at the German...

Duration:01:19:34

Walking the talk session II 23rd

6/8/2018
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Friends of Europe’s debate on ‘walking the talk on youth engagement’, looked into youth-driven analysis of shared challenges and opportunities faced by young people in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The event was held on the 23 May as a part of the Young Mediterranean Voices & EYL40 Young Leaders event. Speakers included Hella Grichi (Young Mediterranean Voices (YMV)); Abdelbasset Ben Hassen (President, Arab Institute for Human Rights); Michael Köhler (Directorate-General for Neighbourhood...

Duration:01:06:45

Youth 23rd may

6/8/2018
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Friends of Europe’s debate on ‘what youth really want’, explored the youth-driven analysis of shared challenges and opportunities faced by young people in the Euro-Mediterranean region, identifying cross border commonalities and differences, discussing action-oriented proposals to develop more positive policy narratives. The event was held on the 23 May as a part of the Young Mediterranean Voices & EYL40 Young Leaders event. Speakers included Elisabeth Guigou (President of the Anna Lindh...

Duration:01:13:43

Beyond Cliches + Ice Breaker + Scene Setting

6/8/2018
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The introductions, ‘ice-breaker’ and plenary session on Beyond Clichés, hosted by Friends of Europe, looked at education, cross-cultural skills and critical thinking as the basis of political participation and active citizenship. The event was held on the 22 May as a part of the Young Mediterranean Voices & EYL40 Young Leaders event. Speakers included Jasmina Cibic (performance, installation and film Artist & European Young Leader (EYL40)); Paul Dujardin (CEO & Artistic Director, “Bozar”...

Duration:02:09:32

Woman Power

6/8/2018
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Friends of Europe’s conversation on ‘women power’, looked at empowering women to take more of an active and leading role in business. The event was held on the 22 May as a part of the Young Mediterranean Voices & EYL40 Young Leaders event. Speakers included Yostina Boules (Founder of Taqa Solutions and MENA Young Leader (EYL40)); Ulla Engelmann (Head of Unit Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship at the European Commission directorate general for Internal Market, Industry,...

Duration:01:21:36

Tech talk

6/8/2018
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The ‘tech talk’, hosted by Friends of Europe, breached upon rapid technological developments and how they could be a key driver for growth in Europe and the MENA region. The event was held on the 22 May as a part of the Young Mediterranean Voices & EYL40 Young Leaders event. Speakers included Abdallah Absi (Founder & CEO of GivingLoop and MENA Young Leader (EYL40)); Julie Foulon (Co-Founder, MolenGeek); Sana Odeh (Founder of Arab Women in Computing; Founder & Chair of the New York...

Duration:01:11:36

Conversation with Sherin Khankan

6/8/2018
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Friends of Europe’s conversation with Sherin Khankan, Denmark's first female imam who has led the foundation of a women-led mosque in Copenhagen. The event was held on the 22 May as a part of the Young Mediterranean Voices & EYL40 Young Leaders event. Sherin Khankan is an activist on Muslim issues including female integration and extremism, and has written numerous texts discussing Islam and politics. The conversation was moderated by Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Strategy at Friends of...

Duration:00:47:38

Building Climate Resilience Event

4/27/2018
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The debate on building climate resilience, hosted by Friends of Europe, explored on how national and subnational bodies can respond to growing irregular risks such as disruptions in food, water, and energy supplies or rising sea levels. The event was held on the 24 of April in Brussels. Speakers included Tessa Kelly (Climate Change Coordinator at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)); Sébastien Maire (Chief Resilience Officer of Paris); Oli Brown...

Duration:01:08:10

The Future of Mobility: Hydrogen and Electric

3/29/2018
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Friends of Europe's debate on the future of mobility took place in Brussels on 27 March 2018, with a focus on hydrogen and electric-based solutions and their role in the quest to transition to low-emission mobility. Speakers included Jean-François Aguinaga (European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation); Greg Archer (Transport and Environment (T&E)) and Michèle Azalbert (ENGIE’s Business Unit dedicated to renewable hydrogen). The debate was moderated by Dharmendra...

Duration:01:01:56

Terror and the City

3/8/2018
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In recent years many of the world’s major cities have had first-hand experience dealing with the prevention or aftermath of deadly terrorist attacks. With improved capabilities and knowledge, most local authorities are becoming better at tackling terrorist threats and dealing with the consequences of such attacks. But with urban terrorism - especially high-profile but low-tech attacks - expected to continue, national and local governments must do more to minimise the risks of lethal...

Duration:01:26:20

Women, Peace and Security

3/8/2018
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National and international peace talks routinely exclude women despite their key role in peace-building and ensuring sustained stability. Despite stereotypical images of women as passive victims of war, women are largely active in the informal spheres, at community and civil society levels, beneath the radar of the international community and the traditional peace and security framework. Although traditional efforts by governments and nongovernmental organisations to combat radicalisation...

Duration:01:26:20

ASEAN - Session - 2

2/27/2018
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ASEAN - Session - 2 by Friends of Europe

Duration:01:02:58

Modern security is more than military spending - Towards a single security budget?

1/26/2018
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European security and defence cooperation has gained fresh momentum, most notably through the recently signed Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), an ambitious binding framework that aims to build a true ‘cooperative security’ approach. To achieve such a holistic approach to security, spending targets could go beyond a strict focus on defence towards a ‘single security budget’ that would include budgets for the police, intelligence services, border guards and counterterrorism, as well...

Duration:01:12:32

Urban responses to refugees

1/26/2018
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Refugee flows, while not new, have sent many systems into shock over the last several years, creating tensions between states and their international obligations, as well as between national and local governments. Indeed, while cities and regions are often able to demonstrate resilience on the surface, issues of finance, governance, integration and urban planning are all linked to local systems which are being tested in ways for which they were not designed. Welcoming remarks by: Hande...

Duration:01:05:38

Balkans Summit 2017: Think local, act regional

12/8/2017
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The final session of Friends of Europe's annual Balkans Summit focused on regional actions: democracy, peace and stability as well economic development, integration and interconnectivity in the Western Balkans do not just depend on the policies and actions of national governments but also on the role of regional, municipal and city authorities.

Duration:01:01:00