Ahead of the 6th EU-Africa Summit, the President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) H.Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, and the Present of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), H.Em. Card. Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo, have issued a set of recommendations to the summit, entitled, “For a people-centred, just and responsible partnership between our continents”. The various recommendations are broken into five, main categories.

A partnership for integral human development
This heading is centred around the flourishing of “every person and of the whole person”. The presidents recommend prioritising unhindered access to basic social services, adequate healthcare, education, nutrition, clean water and sanitation, as well as decent housing. The also recommend supporting families “as the foundations of the social edifice”.

A partnership for integral ecology
In the area of ecology, COMECE and SECAM encourage an economic dynamic “dedicated to local production and ensuring equitable distribution of resources and profits”.

A partnership for human security and peace
The presidents emphasised the “security of persons and property, families and communities – by stepping up efforts in pre-emptive peacebuilding” to ensure possible violent conflicts are managed at an early stage.

A partnership for people on the move
This set of recommendations is focused on migrants. The presidents call for the protections of migrants from exploits such as human trafficking, and also to address the root causes that force people to migrate.

A partnership with Churches and faith-based organisations
The final section aims to ensure “religious and cultural diversity be respected, preserved and promoted as a source of strength, trust and mutual enrichment”. The presidents also call for a profound recognition of the “spiritual, historical, artistic, economic as well as social contribution of religious heritage and reinforce policies aiming at its promotion and protection, particularly in conflict areas”.

The summit is due to take place towards the end of 2020.

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