Excellencies, Distinguished invited guests, Ladies and gentlemen
It is indeed an honour for me this afternooon, to be granted this opportunity to provide a few opening remarks on our theme for this afternoon, SHE INSPIRES, as we pay homage to International Women’s Day (8th March, 2017), and the inspirational role of the women in our ACP countries and in the diaspora.
Instead of speaking on behalf of ACP women, the ACP Secretariat consulted the ACP Civil Society Forum Network, (first conceptualised in 1997; first meeting 5th July, 2001), in order to receive their inputs on how best to strengthen and foster a more visible generation of inspirational women throughout our ACP regions.
In preparation for the high-level United Nations Oceans Conference, an oceans forum co-organized by UNCTAD, FAO, the ACP Secretariat, COMSEC and International Ocean Institute (IOI) is to be held from 21 - 22 March 2017, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum shall be preceded by a briefing session on the Fisheries Regulatory Framework at the Multilateral Level scheduled for the 20 March 2017.
Briefing session: http://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=1297
The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr Walter Mzembi, who is also the African Union- endorsed candidate for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), met with the Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries. Dr Patrick I Gomes, at the ACP’s Brussels Headquarters on 20 February, 2017.
Statement made on behalf of the ACP Secretary General at the 15th OCT-EU Forum, Orangestad, Aruba, 24-02-17
Mr. Mike Eman, Chairman of OCTA and Premier of Aruba,
Excellency, Mr. Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development,
Excellencies, Members of the European Parliament,
Chairman of the Conference of the President of the Outermost Regions,
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is with great pleasure and honour that, upon your kind and appreciated invitation, I am here today on behalf of the 79 member states of the ACP Group, to share with you some thoughts at this important 15th OCT-EU Forum gathered here in this beautiful island of Aruba.
The ACP Group of States has learnt with deep shock and sadness of the suicide attack that occurred on 18th January 2017 at an army Camp in Gao, Northern part of Mali.
The ACP Group of States expresses heartfelt condolences to the Government and People of Mali particularly to the families of the victims of the suicide bomb explosion.
The ACP Group of States condemns this heinous act of terror that has led to 60 deaths and 115 injured, with the strongest possible terms. The ACP Group of States stands with the People of Mali in solidarity and confirms its strong will to support Mali in its efforts to sustain peace and counter terrorism.
“ACP Secretary-General salutes Global Climate Alliance”
In extending New Year Greetings to our 79 Member States of the African, Caribbean & Pacific (ACP) Group, may I once again reiterate the deep appreciation of the ACP’s Secretariat to our Presidents and Prime Ministers, the Council of Ministers, Senior Officials, Continental and Regional organisations, development partners, civil society and private sector organisations that contributed so significantly to the main achievements of the ACP Family in 2016.