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SUMMER COURSE "EUROPEAN UNION-LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN RELATIONS: A RENEWED AGENDA AND A RECOVERY AGENDA UNDER THE SDGS”
This course will be organised in collaboration with the EU-LAC Foundation within the framework of the collaboration agreement between the two entities. It will be supported by the Ibero-American General Secretariat, and the active participation of its General Secretary, and Member of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste, Rebeca Grynspan, and the collaboration of the Euro-America Foundation, represented by its President, and also a Member of the Yuste Academy, Ramón Jáuregui. The course aims to continue the Foundation’s line of work on education for development by raising specific themes within the framework of Agenda 2030. The main objective of these courses is to address the challenges faced at the global level for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), contributing from the formation, reflection, debate and transfer of knowledge, to a greater study and improvement of the implementation of strategies that contribute to the construction of peaceful, solidarity and egalitarian societies. In particular, SDG 16 states that without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law, sustainable development cannot be achieved, although other SDGs will also be addressed, such as 17, aimed at fostering partnerships to achieve the remaining objectives, and, in particular, those SDGs that are linked to the current situation of uncertainty that is experiencing Ibero-America, such as Goal 10 for reducing inequalities, Goal 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth, which has become a goal of health, the objective of which is to eradicate poverty in Latin America, as well as goal 10 for reducing inequalities, Goal 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth, the goal of which is the goal of poverty, the goal of which is to eradicate poverty in Latin America. Before the pandemic, Latin America and the Caribbean had its lowest period of economic growth in the last seven decades after years of high economic growth. The Covid-19 health emergency has only exacerbated this situation by increasing extreme poverty to figures unknown in the last decade. According to data provided by ECLAC, the figures for the effects of the pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean are alarming: The number of people in extreme poverty has increased by 78 million, by more than 209 million people who have become poor, and by about 35 million people who have lost their jobs in Latin America. In addition, the health crisis has particularly affected the gender of women, leading to a decline of more than 10 years in the situation of women in terms of gender equality and loss of opportunities and access to the labour market. There are also great inequalities and a strong dependence on the outside at the health level (i.e. in access to anti-covid measures or vaccines), a low internet access that also has high costs, and climate change is having significant effects in the region. In addition, funding is lacking to deal with this crisis. It is therefore necessary to rethink social protection systems and return to universality, promote digitalisation as an element of inclusion, find green and sustainable engines for growth, and improve governance by promoting a new social pact. This situation leads to occasional scenarios of political and social uncertainty in some countries of the region. Historical experience at the global level has illustrated that economic and social crises have political consequences. In this sense, the preservation of democratic governance and the protection of access to services in equal opportunities, as well as inclusion policies seem to be central at the moment. This course will seek to analyse the current situation and seek responses within the framework of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs as a framework for socio-economic co-development, in order to respond to the challenges facing the region. Possible options for working on a programme for the recovery of Latin America, within the framework of the SDGs, will be explored, and the development of a renewed agenda in European Union relations Latin America and the Caribbean that will help address these common challenges, taking into account the return to multilateralism, and the development of initiatives linked to climate change and digital development as possible valid instruments for the management of global problems valid for the relationship between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean will be explored. The course will take place in 5 sessions of 3 and a half hours each in which we will have one or two main speakers each day, and a panel made up of actors of the relationship as an input that can give rise to debate and reflection with the participating students.
Event reportThe recordings of the course and all the presentations can be viewed on the following link on the YouTube channel of the Fundación Academia Europea e Iberoamericana de Yuste: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLavlJsUxU6WN3L__2m47MBirRhj8DicnT
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