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A combination of a growing population and climate change makes water one of the most pressing challenges the world faces in the 21st century. The EU is committed to enhancing its diplomatic engagement to make water a tool for peace, rather than a source of tension. We shall use many means at our disposal to promote and protect the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation.
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met on 17 October with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss the shared engagement and joint work of the EU and the Foundation in support of human development in Africa in particular, including by accelerating digital development. The EU and Mr. Gates also signed an agreement to create a joint fund to invest €100 million in European companies working to stop climate change.
High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini participated in a High-Level Panel on Migration and Structural Transformation in Africa, an event hosted by UNCTAD during the UN General Assembly. The EU continues to work with Africa to respond jointly to the challenges of migration. And the new Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs is expected to create up to 10 million jobs in the next 5 years alone and support Africa.
The Global Tech Panel – an initiative of EU High Representative Mogherini bringing together leaders from the worlds of technology, civil society and diplomacy to address global challenges – is set to move forward with initiatives to boost digital jobs and skills for human development, including a pilot project in North Africa.