The European Union increasingly responds to crises and addresses longer-term security threats around the world. The Lisbon Treaty stipulates that the European Union aims to “preserve peace, prevent conflicts and strengthen international security” (Article 21:2 TEU). Peacebuilding is generally understood as comprising a range of measures that try to reduce the risk of (re)lapsing into conflict by strengthening a country’s capacities for conflict management, laying the foundations for sustainable peace and development. In the EU’s external action, conflict prevention, peacebuilding and mediation have gained importance in recent years.
ECDPM’s Damien Helly will speak about “EU peacebuilding in Africa: The security-development-migration nexus”.