FranceFrance will assume its thirteenth Presidency of the EU Council from January 1st to June 30th 2021.
Coordination SUD is the French platform of international solidarity NGOs. Founded in 1994, Coordination SUD is a registered association loi 1901, and gathers today 176 French humanitarian and development NGOs, implementing humanitarian and emergency actions, development, environmental protection, and human rights projects; as well as global citizenship education and advocacy.
Coordination SUD has four missions:
- To promote and defend international solidarity NGOs;
- To strengthen professionalization of NGOs through support and training;
- To advocate for international solidarity among public and private institutions, in France, in Europe, and in the world;
- To support NGOs with monitoring, analysis and knowledge dissemination.
On January 1st 2022, France will take the presidency of the EU Council for 6 months. The French government has already announced that it intends to have a Presidency around three themes: recovery, power, and belonging. While the Government has yet to detail its specific objectives for international solidarity, it has identified the AU-EU summit in February as the flagship event of its Presidency. France should translate its priorities into this summit by advocating for a new alliance with Africa around peace and prosperity. Migration, economic recovery through investments, health, youth and digital will be at the center of this new partnership.
Coordination SUD and its 176 members NGOs have already adopted and shared a list of 9 priorities for this incoming presidency. These priorities will be the guiding compass of Coordination SUD’s activities during the French presidency. They aim to make this French presidency, a political moment in favor of international solidarity, in particular for the most vulnerables. These priorities include:
- Funding for sustainable development in favor of the needs of the most vulnerables, and the NGOs’ right of initiative.
- Funding for sustainable development for all types of NGOs, in particular feminist and youth organizations.
- Policies to improve NGOs’ capacities, including the limitation of restrictive measures for NGOs in the context of money laundering and terrorist financing.
- Protecting humanitarian space and staff.
- Open, fair and sustainable partnership with Africa, and policy coherence for sustainable development.
- Gender equality.
- Isolation of development policies and migration policies.
- Food systems and agroecology.
- One health, effective access for all to health products, and health systems.
Coordination SUD will organize a series of activities aimed at raising awareness on European and international solidarity issues among civil society, improving knowledge and skills on these issues, to empower civil society to develop a critical understanding of the EU’s role in international cooperation for development. In particular, Coordination SUD will organize an Assembly of African and European civil societies for international solidarity, aiming to promote an open, fair and sustainable Africa-EU partnership. This Assembly will be held on February 10th and 11th in Paris and online, ahead of the AU-EU summit in February.
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