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EU, UN and AU take their cooperation forward

24/09/2018 - 21:09
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In times when multilateralism is increasingly being challenged, the EU's cooperation with international partners shows that joint work delivers results and solutions to global challenges. The EU and the UN are working together in more than 170 countries all over the world and the successful partnership under the AU-EU-UN Taksforce helped almost 30,000 people stranded in Libya to return voluntarily to their countries.

High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini met, together with President Juncker, UN Secretary General António Guterres and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat for the third African Union-European Union-United Nations trilateral meeting at the 73rd UN General Assembly. Leaders reaffirmed "their joint commitment to promote an effective multilateral system and expressed their readiness to take further action towards reinforcing synergies and coordination in tackling global challenges through international cooperation."

The AU-EU-UN Joint Taskforce to address the migrant situation in Libya is a concrete example of where the three work in partnership and share responsibility for managing global migration. And it also demonstrates what can be achieved together. Back in 2017, only a few weeks after the creation of the Joint Taskforce, the High Representative / Vice-President said: "Together with the UN Secretary General Guterres and the AU Commission Chairperson Faki we discussed the results already achieved and the new actions needed". 



Ongoing work to improve the humanitarian situation of migrants and the dismantling of trafficking and criminal networks remain top priorities. The European Union continues to be a steadfast partner in the joint endeavour to save and protect the lives of people in need.

Building on the positive momentum of the Joint Taskforce, the three partners see great potential to bolster their joint work not only on migration but also other domains – investing in youth with focus on training, education and skills, security and governance and others.

The investment in the younger generation in Africa is of utmost importance to High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini. When she presented the new 'Africa - Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs' she said: "I would like to underline one specific point that is particularly close to my heart and also to my work in these years: youth, the investment in the younger generation of the continent, which sometimes is seen as a "ticking bomb", when it is actually the greatest opportunity for growth of the continent."

The EU, UN and AU highlighted the link between peace and education and "stressed the importance of initiatives aiming at supporting women’s meaningful participation and leadership in political and peace processes, as well as peacebuilding activities".

The Alliance will be important to that end: it will increase the support for scholarships and exchange programmes with the goal of over 100,000 students benefitting from Erasmus+ in the next ten years. And 750,000 people will receive vocational training for skills development by 2020.

The representatives of the three organisations envisage meeting at least once per year to take stock of the progress made as well as to give guidance on further areas of cooperation.