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Experts meet in Caribbean to address occupational health and safety in the quarry sector

Georgetown, 15 April 2016/ DMP/ ACP: Caribbean and international experts will meet in Georgetown between 18–22 April to share knowledge about how to improve health and safety, environmental, and community relations outcomes in the quarry sector.

The Guyana Ministry of Natural Resources and the CARICOM are partnering with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to hold the workshop, a key event in Occupational Health and Safety Month.

ACP Group remembers the Rwandan genocide

Brussels, 8 April 2016/ ACP: An important gathering at the ACP House in Brussels on 7th April, hosted by the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes in the presence of ACP diplomats, the Rwandan diaspora in Belgium and friends of Rwanda, paid tribute to the victims of genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994.

After calling for a minute of silence to remember the tragic loss of more than a million lives over the course of 100 days, the Secretary General condemned the genocide, committed under the hand of violent extremists, as a heinous crime against humanity.

ACP-EU support targets artists and creative businesses

Suva, Fiji, 5 April 2016/ CWC/ ACP: A series of workshops this week from 5 to 7 April at the Fiji Museum in Suva will connect artists across the Pacific to international networks. Led by Visiting Arts, in partnership with The Pacific Arts and Culture Foundation in Fiji, the initiative is supported by the ACP-EU Support Programme to ACP Cultural Sectors, known as ACPCultures+ .

WATCH: No future without culture - A glimpse into the ACP Cultures+ Programme

Discover a taste of the unique projects supported by the ACP Cultures Plus programme. including projects aiming at reducing poverty, feature films, dance and music performances, as well as institutional building. These are only few examples of the vast range of activities financed by the ACPCultures+ Programme in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
 
For more information visit: www.acpculturesplus.eu
 

ACP Action Plan on Climate Change to boost global efforts

Brussels, 30 March 2016/ ACP: A two-day meeting of the ACP Sub-Committee on Sustainable Development ended with a draft action plan for 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific Member States for the period 2016-2020, aimed at strengthening the global response to climate change in the context of sustainable development and the efforts to reduce poverty.

At the event on 22-23 March chaired by the Ambassador of Namibia Dr. Kaire Mbuende, representatives of key institutions underscored the need for action in the wake of COP21’s landmark success, as well as the necessary support for these actions to succeed.

New Ambassadors of Niger, Rwanda welcomed in Brussels

Brussels, 24 March 2016/ ACP:  Newly appointed Ambassadors to the European Union from the Republics of Niger and Rwanda were formally presented to the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States last Thursday, during which they asserted their strong commitment to achieve common objectives and the reinforcement of the ACP Group.

H.E Mr Ousmane Alhassane Abba from Niger, who began his diplomatic career in 1986, previously served as Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Niger to the United Nations in New York and more recently at the Embassy of Niger in Paris.

8000 teachers to benefit from francophone training programme

Brussels, 22 March 2016/ IFADEM/ ACP: Eight thousand teachers are set to benefit from a partnership between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the European Union (EU), the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF).
 

WATCH: South-South & Triangular Cooperation - Empowering women and youth through jobs and entrepreneurhsip

Brussels, 22 March 2016/ ACP: South-South cooperation amongst developing countries in the global South is gaining momentum in the international community as a complement to North-South development assistance. Along with Triangular Cooperation, which brings in one or more traditional donors into the equation, its potential to promote innovation, collaboration and self reliance amongst countries has been widely recognised as effective in helping to achieve development goals.

Gambia takes joint chairmanship of ACP-EU Parliamentary body

Brussels 22 March 2016: Outpsoken Gambian politician Hon. Netty Baldeh presided for the first time over the African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliamentary Assembly on 15 March, since his appointment as Chair as well as Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly last December.

Known for his frank, straight-talking approach to discussions, Hon. Baldeh is an experienced parliamentarian in ACP-EU matters, which covers trade, political dialogue and development cooperation between the European Union and 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific states.

PHOTO GALLERY: International Woman’s Day 2016

Brussels, March 9 2016: International Woman’s Day 2016 was commemorated at the ACP House on 8 March with an explosion of colour, culture and candid discussions about gender parity issues in the context of Sustainable Development Goal #5.
 
 


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