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First joint discussion on ACP-EU relations to shed light on legacy and prospects

Brussels, 22 April 2016/ ACP: Influential thought-leaders and eminent decision-makers from the EU and the ACP countries will convene to discuss the legacy and future prospects of the ACP-EU Partnership.

The longstanding partnership brings together 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the 28 Member States of the EU under a comprehensive cooperation agreement, covering trade, political dialogue and development cooperation.

Trade, development finance, political issues on agenda for ACP ministers

Brussels, 21 April 2016/ ACP: Ministers representing African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will take key decisions when they gather next week in Dakar, Senegal to address sustainable economic development, trade and political issues in ACP countries.

ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers convene in Dakar next week

Brussels, 21 April 2016/ ACP: Discussions on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, follow up on the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and migration will lead the work programme of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers when it convenes for its 41st session in Dakar, Senegal on 28th to 29th April. Other key items on the agenda will include trade issues, development finance and the EU’s global strategy on foreign and security policy.

VIEWPOINT: EU-ACP - A force for South-South & Triangular Cooperation

This op-ed first appeared on Euractiv.com on 29 March 2016.

Brussels, 5 April 2016/ ACP: Development cooperation in the 21st century is compelled to move beyond the simplistic paradigm of transferring funds from the developed North to the developing South.

ACP Group welcomes the Constitutional Referendum in Senegal on 20 March 2016

Brussels, 30 March 2016/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States monitored the constitutional referendum held in Senegal on 20 March 2016, with particular interest.
 
In a poll that all observers deemed well-organised and lawful, the Senegalese people voted in favour of a constitutional reform by referendum. The ACP Group of States welcomed this consultation which was conducted democratically, transparently and peacefully; this was a testament to the fact that Senegal is anchored in democracy.
 

Statement of the ACP Secretary General on the terrorist attacks in Brussels, 22 March 2016

Brussels, 22 March 2016/ ACP: The Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, H.E. Dr. Patrick I Gomes, has learnt with deep shock and sadness the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Brussels on 22 March 2016. The Secretary-General condemns these heinous and cowardly acts, and reiterates the ACP Group’s unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and its conviction that acts of terrorism can never be justified on any ground, whether political, racial, or religious.

High level talks target follow-up action on global climate agreement

Brussels, 16 March 2016: Top officials from global and regional agencies will gather in Brussels on 22-23 March, along with representatives from the 79 Member States of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, to accelerate work towards implementing the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.

ACP, EU lay groundwork for pivotal Joint Council meeting in Dakar

Brussels, 8 March 2016: The Draft Agenda for the upcoming ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers, scheduled for the 28-29 April in Dakar, Senegal has been endorsed by Member State representatives from the European Union as well as the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group.

The Joint Council of Ministers is the highest decision-making body of the ACP-EU Partnership, which brings together 28 Member States of the European Union and 78 from Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific, under a legally-binding framework outlining parameters for trade, political dialogue and development cooperation between the two groups of countries.

Special Post-COP21 Meeting: Helping ACP States Implement the Paris Agreement

Brussels, 19 February 2016/ GCCA/ ACP: A Special Post-COP21 Meeting is scheduled to take place on 22 and 23 March 2016 at the ACP Secretariat, Brussels, Belgium. The goal of the two-day meeting is to facilitate dialogue and discuss follow-up actions to implement the Paris Agreement, in collaboration with partners and particularly focusing on key issues affecting the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states.
 

INTERVIEW: Secretary General talks ACP future with Caribbean leaders

Brussels, 15 February 2016/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes is attending the 27th intersessional meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community CARICOM in Belize on 16-17 February, to facilitate a discussion on the future of the ACP Group of States. Dr. Gomes spoke with the ACP Press Office about the aims of his mission in Belize and the issues to be covered when meeting with regional leaders.

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