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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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ACP Group pledges support for African cinema

Brussels, 18 January 2019/ACP: A satisfaction! This is what can be said about the presentation of the 26th edition of FESPACO held in Brussels on Thursday 17 January 2019. The Minister of Culture of Burkina Faso H.E. Abdoul Karim Sango and all lovers of African cinema met at the headquarters of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States to discuss the holding of the 50th anniversary of the FESPACO, which will take place from 23 February to 2 March 2019 in Ouagadougou.
 

Jamaica praises ACP-EU development mineral programme

Brussels 14 January 2019/ACP/: Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)-European Union (EU) Development Minerals Programme has assisted stakeholders in the mining sector to embrace international standards.

The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme is a three-year, €13.1 million capacity building project, which is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, and coordinated by the ACP Secretariat.

Unlocking the inclusive innovation potential of ACP countries: a new ACP-EU initiative

Brussels 09 January 2019/ACP/: New technologies, knowledge and innovations can be powerful drivers of inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development. In fact, investments in research, innovation and technology are considered instrumental to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda .

On these lines, a growing number of ACP countries have moved to incorporate science, innovation and technology in their national development policies. At the same time, the European Union and Member States remain committed to continue investing in research and development, including enhancing national innovation systems . 

ACP Group outlines priorities for 2019, calls for a strong UN system

Port of Spain, Trinidad, 02 January 2019, CMC –The 79-member African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States on Wednesday urged “vigorous support” for the United Nations in what it regards a “turbulent” global environment.

” Vigorous support for the United Nations to advance multilateralism will loom large in all the programmes and projects of the ACP in 2019,” ACP Secretary General, Dr. P. I. Gomes told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).

ACP EU Negotiators meet the Media

Professor the Hon. Robert Dussey, ACP Chief Negotiator and Stefano Manservisi, EC Director-General briefed the media in Brussels on the outcome of the meeting of the ACP EU Negotiators held on Friday 14 December 2018 at ACP House. The Negotiators confirmed good progress made by the Parties on the Structure of the New ACP-EU Agreement which will be a legally binding Treaty of at least 20 years duration.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Opening Ceremony of the 108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers

From left to right: Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, ACP Assistant Secretary General for Sustainable Economic Development and Trade; ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes; H.E Dr. Issa Doubragne Minister for the Economy and Development Planning of Chad and Chair of the ACP Council of Ministers; H.E Mrs. Ammo Aziza Baroud Ambassador of Chad and Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassador, during the opening of the 108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers in Brussels.

ACP Steps in to Rescue Africa from Climate Change Impacts

Three years ago, Lesotho, Southern Africa’s small mountain kingdom surrounded by South Africa, was hit hard by the drought that led to the driest season in the region in 35 years. In the tiny dynastic nation, the El Niño driven-phenomenon resulted in a fall in maize production, the country's staple food.
 
But now thanks to the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, climate change impacts in African countries like Lesotho have met their match.
 

36th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Cotonou, Benin

Brussels 05 December 2018/ACP/: His Excellency Mr. Patrice TALON, President of the Republic of Benin presided the official opening ceremony of the 52nd session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the 36th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in the presence of distinguished guests and more than 350 participants from all over the world on Monday 03 December 2018.

Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, Nairobi Kenya 2018

Brussels,04 December 2018/ACP/: ACP Assistant Secretary General in charge of the Department for Sustainable Economic Development and Trade, Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou exposed the ACP Approach to mobilizing blue finance for fisheries and aquaculture at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya on 26-28 November 2018. 

ACP Issues Paper on the Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP24)

Brussels, 03 December 2018/ACP/: For ACP Member States, where the adverse impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly evident and more severe, the landmark IPCC report underscores the need for urgent and adequate action.


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