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Climate and Energy Summit - SESSION III

11/7/2018
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The third session of the Climate and Energy Summit hosted by Friends of Europe on 18 October centred around the search for cost-efficient ways with which to accelerate Europe’s transition to a climate-friendly continent. During this transformative period, strategies aiming to decarbonise EU industries will play a crucial role. Speakers included Erica Hope (Senior Associate at the European Climate Foundation (ECF), François-Régis Mouton (Chair of GasNaturally Steering Committee), Hans Van...

Duration:01:08:14

Climate and Energy Summit - SESSION II

11/7/2018
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The second session of the Climate and Energy Summit hosted by Friends of Europe on 18 October looked at the potential of digitalisation to bring about a transformation in the development of clean technologies. To achieve sustainability objectives, energy infrastructures and systems will need to undergo extensive digitalisation. Speakers included Kirsten Dunlop (Chief Executive Officer at EIT Climate-KIC), Luc Goossens (Chief Technology Officer of ENGIE Research at ENGIE), Helen Mountford...

Duration:01:11:02

Climate and Energy Summit - SESSION I

11/7/2018
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The first session of the Climate and Energy Summit hosted by Friends of Europe on 18 October focused on the challenge of maintaining climate diplomacy in a time of division. Establishing international alliances and a shared global strategy on climate action will unify countries in the fight against climate change. Speakers included Daniela Jacob (Director of the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)), Melanie Kenderdine (Principal of the Energy Future Initiative), Mauro Petriccione...

Duration:01:03:31

Security Summit 2018 - Session I

10/16/2018
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The first session of the Security Summit hosted by Friends of Europe on 20 September focused on the role of the European Union within a security landscape currently undergoing significant global change. As new threats require new capabilities, defence strategies may incorporate recent technological developments to adapt to the shifting nature of modern warfare. Speakers included Lowri Evans (European Commission Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs);...

Duration:01:06:32

Security Summit 2018 - Session II

10/16/2018
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The second session of the Security Summit hosted by Friends of Europe on 20 September revolved around themes of estrangement within the areas of defence and security and examined how alliances like the EU and NATO go about maintaining the commitments they were designed to uphold. From the Cold War to the present day, dialogue has remained a crucial part of international diplomacy. Speakers included José Alberto de Azeredo Lopes (Portuguese Minister of Defence); Frank Bakke-Jensen (Norwegian...

Duration:01:01:32

Security Summit 2018 - Conversation with Julian King

10/16/2018
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As part of the annual Security Summit on 20 September, Friends of Europe hosted a conversation with Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union. Among the many subjects explored were cyber security, automatic weaponry, deterrence in the age of technology and – given the understanding that security is not a partisan issue – the need for collective cooperation between the EU and the UK when it comes to addressing the most urgent security challenges facing a post-Brexit world. The...

Duration:00:29:40

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 Director...

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

LEARNING AND ACTING: Walking the talk on youth engagement

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

LISTENING AND TAKING ACTION: What youth really want

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: Listening and learning from arts and intercultural exchange

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: Empowerment through business

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: Skills and education for the digital age

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 University...

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

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 attacks...

Duration:01:26:20