Schools Outreach


The EU in the 21st Century: Global Partnerships for a Better Tomorrow?

Schools Outreach lecture at National Junior College by Assoc Prof Barnard Turner, Senior Fellow, EUC, Academic Convenor, European Studies Programme, NUS on 5 March 2010

Assoc Prof Barnard Turner delivered a lecture on the EU’s global partnerships to some 450 National Junior College students. He explained that the EU’s development and aid external action takes place in the context of a symbiotic relationship between peace, security and development.

The EU remains highly active and is the world’s biggest donor of development aid (60% globally). It has been prominent in disaster relief, ceasefire monitoring and combating the drugs trade. The EU’s Consensus on Development (2005) adds to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

The EU cannot act alone. It cooperates with the UN, NATO, and OSCE. Perhaps in acknowledgment of this, the Lisbon calls for the External Action Service to coordinate security issues. The nexus between trade, development and security has been raised to public awareness by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, and restated in 2010 by Baroness Catherine Ashton, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Yet what is new for the new century is the looming threat of irrevocable climate change, and combating it adds a new dimension to this link.​