Forging Regional and International Partnerships for the Post-COVID World

The EU-LAC Foundation, together with the OECD Development Centre, ECLAC and DG INTPA of the European Commission, invited to the webinar "Forging Regional and International Partnerships for the Post-COVID World" in the framework of the Development in Transition Days.

As the COVID-19 crisis, and the growing connection between national and international development challenges have shown, there is a pressing need for a new configuration of international co-operation as a facilitator of national, regional, and global efforts towards achieving common sustainable development goals. Re-establishing co-operation among countries on an equal footing; prioritising national strategies to strengthen countries’ domestic capacities; and expanding the international co-operation toolbox, bringing in expertise from a wide range of actors, are just some of the premises of the Development in Transition Framework that remain highly relevant in the post-COVID context.

What kind of partnerships can effectively help countries in the region to surmount the outstanding development traps, whilst building back better? The COVID-19 crisis has spurred a wealth of ideas and innovations on how to upgrade co-operation systems and tools, providing valuable lessons to build on. Mapping these experiences and gathering all actors to reflect on the partnerships needed to ensure more and better financing and effective regional and global coordination on overlapping challenges, and to increase knowledge-based co-operation to boost domestic capacity building, can help LAC to pave its exit out of the crisis towards a sustainable future.

In the framework of the EU-LAC Facility for Development in Transition (DIT), the OECD Development Centre together with ECLAC, the EC and other institutional partners were hosting the first in a series of workshops to drive a comprehensive discussion on the international partnerships needed to collectively ensure inclusive and sustainable recovery and development paths in LAC.

The first workshop delved into relevant experiences of international financing, regional and international coordination, capacity building and knowledge sharing to understand the context and prospects of future co-operation in and with the region. This discussion placed a special focus on exchanges between the EU and LAC in their efforts to build their individual and collective futures in the post COVID-19 world.

Access the event programme in the attachment.