We left behind a year that was a symbol of falls, disease, destruction and faced a 2021 with challenges, hope and construction. The political and social agenda has many challenges not only at the national level but also at the international level.
Climate change: The health crisis spread environmental claims for a year and was a lost year for the climate cause. America’s departure from the Paris agreements was a sting for climate struggle, but with the change in the American administration hope returns hope to movements like the #Fridayforfuture.
United States: On January 20 with the inauguration of Joe Biden as the new white house tenant and Kamala Harris as America’s first vice president, all eyes in the world will be on this duo in hopes of changing the policy of the past four years. Internally, managing covid19’s social emergency and internationally reducing tensions and returning the United States to the international stage as a key player in restructuring multilateralism. Tony Blinker’s signing as secretary of state is a sign.
The European Union: The old continent has a history opportunity with the management of the health crisis with the exit of the United Kingdom to recompose and assemble its structures. Europe has a project for itself and for the international system. This year the European Union must prioritise its international relations, define the rules of the game with Russia and Turkey; re-establish relations with the United States. Europe’s external relations will be marked by the already scheduled regional meetings with Africa and Latin America.
Africa: The AfCFTA came into force on 1 January, is the official launch of the African continental free trade area, the next few months and years will see the creation of the world’s largest free trade area and experts augur great potential for this agreement. Africa is also facing political change this year through elections in: Uganda, Ethiopia, Benin, Somalia, South Sudan, Zambia, Cape Verde, Chad, Gambia, except Somalia and South Sudan, the rest of the countries are waiting for them for a quiet election.
2020 was a year not to repeat, a horrible year in many ways, but apart from all that we have suffered and suffered by the pandemic and fear of the Covid, however difficult this year has been and however difficult the months to come, recovery is the ideal opportunity to reshape society. We may never get a better chance for a better world.