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Update on Negotiations

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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ACP States ‘A Powerful Catalyst’ To Achieve SDGs

Brussels, 09 January 2019/ACP/: Dr. P.I. Gomes, Secretary General of the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (OACPS), sees “great scope” for the 79-nation grouping in 2020 to be “a powerful catalyst and advocate to accelerate implementation” of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the 2030 Agenda.

Next Brussels Briefing to focus on Agroecology for Sustainable Food Systems

The next Brussels Development Briefing #59 on “Agroecology for Sustainable Food Systems” organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD and IPES-FOOD will be held on Wednesday 15 January 2020 (9h00-13h00) at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels.<

Nairobi Summit Leads to 'A Transformed ACP Committed to Multilateralism'

Brussels, 07 January 2020/ACP: The heads of government and state of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States have taken a decisive step towards “A Transformed ACP Committed to Multilateralism”. At their 9th Summit, they have revised the constitutive act, the 1975 Georgetown Agreement.
An important outcome of the December 9-10 Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, is a name change from the ACP Group of States to the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (OACPS).

Decisions and Resolutions of the 110th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers

The 110th Session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States was held on Saturday 7 December 2019 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. 


ACP Summit Endorses Revised Georgetown Agreement

Brussels, 19 December 2019/ACP:The ACP Group of States has taken a decisive step towards being the “ACP We Want” with the endorsement of the revised Georgetown Agreement at the recently-concluded 9th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government. The revised Agreement includes significant changes to the organization including a name change from the ACP Group of States to the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (OACPS).

ACP High-level Women and Youth Forum leads to calls for a platform to support ACP States in their efforts to engage women and youth

Brussels, 19 December 2019/ACP: Held in the margins of the 9th ACP Summit in Nairobi (Kenya), The first-ever Women and Youth Forum led to the call for the establishment of an ACP Women and Youth Forum that will act as a platform to support ACP States in their efforts to engage women and youth.

79 ACP States Resolve to Combat Terrorism and Climate Crisis

NAIROBI/13/12/2019 /ACP: Threats of terrorism to global peace as an evolving transnational menace, coupled with the growing threat of climate change and the disruption it continues to cause among member states of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) requires them to lead from the front in providing recommendations on how the global community can counter terrorism and extremism as well as impact of climate change.

The EU and 79 ACP countries call for increased ambition and long-term vision in the implementation of the Paris Agreement

Madrid,13/12/2019/ACP/EU: European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Ministers from the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, together making up more than half of the signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, today met at COP25 in Madrid to discuss joint action to enhance global climate ambition.

ACP 9th Summit Stresses Commitment to Multilateralism

Nairobi, 10/12/2019/ACP: “Ensuring that democracy, peace and prosperity prevails everywhere in the world, amidst global turbulence, increasing state of fragility in our countries, large or small, is at the heart of a transformed ACP group of states,” Dr. Patrick I. Gomes, outgoing Secretary General of ACP told the official inauguration of 9th African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Heads of State and Government Summit in Nairobi.

Improve the Business Environment to Drive Industrialisation and Wealth Creation in African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries, Elumelu Tells ACP Presidents in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec.10, 2019/ACP/: Tony O. Elumelu, Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation and Chairman, Heirs Holdings and United Bank for Africa Group, urged African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Heads of State to improve the business environment in their countries to drive industrialisation and wealth creation in ACP member states.

He said this while presenting the keynote speech on the theme "Industrialization and Private Sector Engagement for Economic Transformation of ACP States" at the Presidential Dialogue of the ACP Business Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.

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