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Inter-Regional High-Level Consultation in Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados 26 March 2019/ACP:  ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes will address a two-day inter-regional high-level consultation in Barbados from 26 to 27 March 2019 on comparative regionalism in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.
 
The conference, dubbed “Revisiting the Georgetown Agreement: Comparative Region-Building in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific” is being organised by the ACP Secretariat, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC), and the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy & Service.
 

37th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Bucharest, 19 March 2019/ACP: The 37th plenary of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly(JPA) was formally opened on Monday 18 March by Louis Michel and Joseph Owana Kono, co-presidents of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), Maria-Magdalena Grigore, State Secretary in the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Călin Popescu Tăriceanu, President of the Romanian Senate.

Statement by Honourable Joseph Hyacinthe Owona kono, ACP Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly at the Opening Ceremony of the 37th Session of the ACP-EU Joint P parliamentary Assembly.

Honourable Louis Michel, Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly,
 
Honourable Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, President of the Senate of the Republic of Romania,
 
H.E. Teodor Melescanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs
 
Fellow Parliamentarians, Members of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly,
 
Distinguished guests, 
 
Ladies and gentlemen,
 

ACP Group and UNOSSC make good on MoU with publication of first report on South-South Cooperation


Brussels, 18 March 2019/ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)  published a joint report titled, “South-South in Action” which will be launched during a side event hosted by the ACP Group of States at the upcoming Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) in Buenos, Aires, Argentina.
 

ACP Sends Condolences to the Government and People of Ethiopia

Brussels 12 March 2019/ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Dr. Patrick I. Gomes sent a message of condolence to the Government and People of Ethiopia following the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 to Nairobi which claimed all 157 lives on board.
 
Dr Gomes, on behalf of the Secretariat, conveyed deepest sympathy to the families, friends and loved ones of the deceased.
 
 

The ACP Group renews its support for the largest pan-African film festival and launches the new ACP-EU Culture programme

Brussels, 11 March 2019/ACP: Mr Léonard-Emile Ognimba, Assistant-Secretary-General of the ACP Group, together with the Director General for Development and International Cooperation of the European Commission, Mr Stefano Manservisi, officially launched the new ACP-EU Culture Programme on the occasion of the 26th edition of The Ouagadougou Pan-African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO), on 24 February 2019 in Ouagadougou.

17th Regional Meeting of the ACP- EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Suriname

Suriname, Paramaribo 04 March 2019/ACP:  Parliamentarians from the Caribbean Region of the ACP Group and their European counterparts met in Paramaribo (Suriname), from 28 February to 2 March 2019.

During the meetings, representatives of the ACP-EU discussed issues pertinent to the region, such as climate change, which is a major concern in the Caribbean. Identifying and implementing effective climate adaptation and mitigation strategies is therefore high on the regional agenda.

ACP and EU leaders intensify regional talks in Samoa

Brussels, 26 February 2019/ACP: Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Dr. Patrick Gomes is today participating in a high level dialogue with representatives of the Pacific and the European Union on post-Cotonou negotiations, in Apia, the capital of Samoa.

Next Brussels Briefing n. 54: “Sustainable agriculture: where are we on SDGs implementation?”

The next Brussels Policy Briefing n. 54 on ”Sustainable agriculture: where are we on SDGs implementation?” will take place on 27th February 2019 (European Commission, Charlemagne Building, Lord Jenkins room, Rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels).

The Brussels Briefing 54 discusses the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, examining the status of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the progress made with respect to Zero Hunger (SDG 2) on agriculture, food security and nutrition in ACP countries.

ACP Group Thanks Cuba for Solidarity and Cooperation

Brussels 12 February 2019/ACP: The Director General of Cooperation from The Foreign Ministry of Cuba, Magalys Estrada met with High level ACP representatives to reflect on Cuba’s cooperation with ACP countries during a special meeting on 7 February 2019 at ACP headquarters. The meeting was held in the framework of “Cuba days” in Belgium organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban revolution and several important anniversaries.


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