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The African European Parliamentarians Initiative

The Irish poet W.B Yeats writing in the aftermath of revolution wrote “All changed, utterly changed: a terrible beauty is born”. Events sudden and profound changed all and everything: “He too has been changed in his turn. Transformed utterly: A terrible beauty is born”. Covid-19 is unlike anything the world has faced since the Second World War and will have implications for every nation, economy and citizen. We must plan therefore for a changed future – not a return to an unsustainable past. Climate change was already changing the policy choices – but slowly and incrementally – our rebuild, reboot must now be profound and new. In a few short months we have relearned that science matters, that experts need to be listened to, and ignorance has a real and painful cost. We have learned that we can travel less, embrace technology more and that to overcome challenges we need coordination and cooperation. The coronavirus is blind to borders, races, genders or status. Although our capacity to fight back is differentiated.

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