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WTO impasse spurs ACP developing states to find intra-ACP solutions

Buenos Aires, 14 December 2017/ ACP: Talks towards a final outcome document collapsed at the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organisation, despite the best efforts by the Chair, Argentina’s Amb. Susana Malcorra, to get member states to agree to a ‘scaled down’ ministerial declaration.

ACP countries aim for solid outcomes at WTO

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 11 December 2017/ ACP: Despite the cloud of uncertainty shrouding the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organisation, trade officials from African, Caribbean and Pacific States are rallying to ensure meaningful outcomes are generated over the three days of high level trade talks taking place this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

‘Unity in diversity’ emphasised at ACP Council of Ministers

Brussels, 5 December 2017/ ACP: The Minister of Trade, Industry and the Informal Economy of Senegal H.E. Mr. Alioune Sarr set the stage for discussions at the 106th session of the ACP Council of Ministers, one of the most important decision-making organs of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.

ACP Group and OIF strengthen cooperation

Paris, 27 November 2017/ OIF/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the Organisation International de la Francophonie (OIF) agreed to intensify their collaboration to support the development objectives of their 34 shared member states.
 
The ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes and the Secretary General of the Francophonie H.E. Ms. Michaëlle signed a new cooperation agreement on Thursday, November 23, 2017 in Paris (pictured). 
 

Erasmus+ invites applications from ACP students, higher education institutions for joint programmes

Brussels, 27 November 2017/ ACP: Higher education institutions (HEIs) as well as post-graduate students from Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific are eligible to take part in Erasmus+ programmes, including through scholarships to study for joint Masters’ degrees in Europe, and cooperation between ACP and EU institutions on programmes for youth and capacity building.

€70 Million to help ACP countries tackle climate change impacts

Bonn, 17 November 2017/ ACP: Seventy-nine African, Caribbean and Pacific countries stand to benefit from a €70 million ACP-EU initiative launched in the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, to help with implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change.
 
The new Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Alliance+ (GCCA+) Programme  aims to strengthen cooperation and dialogue on climate change, while providing ACP member states with demand-driven technical assistance in various areas including:

FEATURED VIDEO: Interview with ACP Secretary General on the importance of culture for the sustainable development of ACP countries

Brussels, 7 November 2017/ ACPCultures+: To mark the 4th meeting of ACP Ministers of Culture, the ACPCultures+ Programme - the ACP-EU flagship initiative to promote ACP cultural industries and cultural diversity - spoke with ACP Secretary-General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes to obtain his views on the important role of culture in sustaimable development. Interview by Valerio Caruso.

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ACPCultures+ : Why is it important to invest in culture?

Stronger relations with regions “fundamental” for future of ACP Group, says SG

Brussels, 6 November 2017/ ACP: The ACP Secretary-General has called for a reinforced and more coordinated relationship between the ACP Group of States and the regional economic communities and organisations within its six regions. A wider and stronger reach in ACP regions will lead to more effective implementation of ACP development programmes.

Non-State Actors call for formal recognition, structured dialogue in ACP system

Brussels, 1 November 2017/ ACP: Members of civil society, private sector, and other economic and social partners from across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gathered for the first dialogue of its kind at the ACP House on 30-31 October, to provide input on major issues affecting ACP countries, such as climate change, private sector development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the future of ACP-EU relations.

Sierra Leone’s Head of State gives boost to ACP vision, Endowment Fund

Brussels, 30 October 2017/ ACP: The President of Sierra Leone H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma addressed the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States on Monday 30 October to express solidarity with ACP countries as they work to reorient their future as an effective group and global player, while also preparing to negotiate a new and improved partnership with the European Union post-2020.


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