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Fourth Global Dialogue from Extremadura by AEXCID and UNDP

3 June 2021

 

On 3 June 2021, the fourth Global Dialogue from Extremadura, organised by the Extremaduran Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AEXCID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was held. The Dialogue was introduced by Patricia Muriel (AEXCID) and by Johannes Krassnitzer (UNDP), and moderated by Tica Font (AIPAZ y Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau). The first lecture, by Rosa Balas, representing the Government of Extremadura, was centered on cross-border cooperation in the Iberian Peninsula. The case of a “friendly border” after a long history of conflicts was analysed. The role of the European Union, of the Interreg Programmes and of the EUROACE Euroregion, was emphasized. The following presentation, by AEBR Secretary-General Martín Guillermo, covered cross-border cooperation-related themes and the many sources thereof, such as the private sector and civil society. The challenges of border communities in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly during the first closure of the border, were discussed, as well as the idea of decentralised cross-border cooperation.

 

On the third presentation, Paloma Blanch, from UNDP Colombia, the complex matters related to cross-border cooperation in Colombia were analysed, both in friendly contexts, such as in the border with Ecuador, and in cases of diplomatic rupture and migratory crisis such as the Venezuelan border. The fourth intervention, by Luiz Rolim, from SEBRAE-PR (Brazil), focused on different visions for cross-border cooperation, particularly the binational and local-local ones. The local-local approach, present in several cooperation initiatives organised between municipal authorities, was presented as a positive alternative to centralised processes organised directly from national capitals.

 

The following presentation was made by Rosmery Pillajo (International Cooperation Sector of the Provincial Government of Carchi, Ecuador), on the Ecuador-Colombia border. The processes of cross-border cooperation in political, economic and social themes were analysed, as well as the difficulties faced by the region arising from the border closures during the pandemic. The final intervention, by Giacomo Negrotto, from UNDP Syria, focused on the cross-border dimension of humanitarian and economic challenges of the Syrian Civil War, in the context of the border with Turkey. Present and post-war cross-border cooperation is seen as one of the potential means of solving the refugee and economic crises. At the end of the Dialogue, each speaker had one minute to present their closing statements.

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