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On 28th September 2018 the ACP Group of States and the EU began negotiations for a successor Agreement to the Cotonou Agreement which comes to an end in February 2020. This section contains all you need to know about the negotiations.

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Moving the ACP Group to Centre Stage of Multilateralism

Op-ed by Dr. Patrick I. Gomes Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)

Brussels 19 April 2019/ACP: In today’s global situation that bears the features of turbulence, fragility and an increasingly precarious balance between peace and possible nuclear annihilation, the role and relevance of the United Nations Organisation has assumed unparalleled importance.

New Ambassadors of Bahamas and Ghana introduced to the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels 11 April 2019/ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States welcomed two new arrivals to their midst at the 919th Meeting of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, H.E. Mrs. Sena Siaw-Boateng, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana and H.E. Ms. Maria O’Brien, Ambassador of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

The Pacific reaffirms its commitment to the ACP Group of States

Brussels 10 April 2019/ACP: Minister for National Planning and Monitoring of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Richard Maru, has assured the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group that Papua New Guinea will continue to play an active role in the affairs of the ACP Group of States.

Minister Maru met the ACP Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Gomes, at the margins of the ACP-EU Ministerial Meeting in N’Djamena, Capital of the Republic of Chad, Central Africa, on 3 April where they discussed, among other things, Papua New Guinea’s role in the current ACP-EU post-Cotonou negotiations.

ACP Secretariat observes 25th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi

Brussels 08 April 2019/ACP: Today the ACP Secretariat joins with the Embassy of Rwanda to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi. And as custom for the ACP Group in the last 15 years, we have made this commemoration a key event in our calendar.  Today our thoughts are with the victims of this atrocious tragedy and our prayers are with the survivors who are true heroes among us as they continue to inspire us with their strength, resilience and determination.

Building Pacific Resilience to Climate Change Across 15 Countries

Brussels, 02 April 2019/ACP: This week signals the start of a EUR 12 million project designed to build the resilience of 15 Pacific countries to threats posed by climate change, which Pacific Island Forum leaders have repeatedly identified as the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and well-being of the peoples of the Pacific. 

ACP’s efforts post-Cotonou must be economically sustainable – says the President of the ACP Council of Ministers

Brussels, 02 April 2019/ACP: Namibia has reaffirmed its commitment to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and European Union (EU) partnership and says it will do all it can to honour and work toward the commitments embodied in the Cotonou Agreement and post-Cotonou when it expires in 2020. This was the message by Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development of the Republic of Namibia and President of the ACP Council of Ministers, Tjekero Tweya, when he spoke at the 37TH session of ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly that took place in Bucharest, Romania. 

Chief Negotiators meet in Chad to advance new ACP-EU Partnership negotiations

Brussels, 28 March 2019/ACP: The Republic of Chad will host the 4th Meeting of the ACP Ministerial Central Negotiating Group on 3 April, which will be followed by the 3rd Meeting of the ACP-EU Chief Negotiators on 4 April in the capital N'Djamena. This follows the offer by the Chadian authorities to host the meeting at the last ministerial meeting of the CNG held in the margins of the 108th session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers, which was also chaired by Chad.
 

ACP countries urged to cooperate more in order to survive changing global world

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 26, CMC – A two-day inter-regional high level consultation on comparative regionalism in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific (ACP) began here on Tuesday with Barbados underscoring the need for the 79-member grouping to build a strong, vibrant and energetic relationship among themselves especially in a changing global environment.
 

Landmark Resolution Calls for ACP-EU Partnership's 'Greater Presence' at the UN

Brussels 01 April 2019/ACP:  In a landmark resolution, the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly's 37th Session from March 18-20, 2019 in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, has called for the ACP-EU partnership to have "a greater presence at the UN with, as a minimum, an ACP-EU coordination unit having a seat at the UN."

It also pleads for "permanent ACP-EU working mechanisms across UN special agencies and other global institutions to enhance the global visibility of the ACP-EU partnership."


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