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Women and Youth at the forefront of forum on South-South and Triangular Cooperation

Brussels, 13 February 2016/ ACP/ FAO/ OIF: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), have wrapped up a symposium pledging to build new partnerships to empower women and youth.

African, Caribbean and Pacific Group gears up for major summit in May

Brussels, 29 January 2016/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes will engage a number of African leaders this weekend to apprise them of the upcoming 8th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government to be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 31 May – 1 June 2016.

Statement by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States following the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Burkina Faso

Brussels, 19 January 2016/ ACP: The Secretariat of the ACP Group of States was stunned and deeply shocked to learn of the barbaric and despicable attacks perpetrated against the people of Burkina Faso in Inabao, part of the northern province of Oudalan, and in the heart of Ougadougou, the capital, at the Splendid and Yibi Hotels and the Capuccino Cafe. 


Nairobi, 14 December 2015/ ACP: Ministers responsible for Trade of the ACP Group of States, meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, 14 December, 2015 having considered the status of work on the issues being considered for decision at the Tenth Ministerial Conference of the WTO, 15 - 18 December 2015, reaffirm their declaration found in WT/MIN(15)/3 and emphasized the importance of securing a development centred outcome here in Nairobi.

ACP Group welcomes the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Brussels, 14 December 2015/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes welcomes the historic outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), which accepted a global agreement on climate change on Saturday.

ACP-EU JPA: New global challenges debated by 30th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Brussels, 9 December 2015/ EP: Forty years of ACP-EU cooperation, migration, the post-election situation in Burundi, and COP21 were among the topics discussed by the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly at its 30th session, which closed on Wednesday, in Brussels.

ACP Secretary General makes bold appeal at Paris Climate Change Conference COP21

Paris, 8 December 2015/ ACP: The Secretary General of the ACP Group of States H.E Dr Patrick Gomes called for an international agreement on climate change that is ambitious, legally-binding and inclusive, while highlighting the strategy signed recently between the ACP and the European Union for €475 million to be dedicated to climate change, resilience building and the environment under the Intra-ACP envelope of the 11th European Development Fund up to 2020.

EU and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries join forces for ambitious global climate deal

Paris, 8 December 2015/ ACP/ EC: As UN climate negotiations enter their final days, the European Union and the group of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States today stressed their shared commitment for an ambitious and binding global climate deal to be agreed in Paris.

Statement by the Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly Hon. Fitz Jackson at the 30th session of the JPA, 7 December 2015, Brussels


I thank you for the honour of addressing the Joint Parliamentary Assembly once again. Before I go ahead, I wish to place on record the appreciation of ACP Members, and indeed of the ACP Group for the efforts that the Parliament has taken to ensure that this particular session of the Assembly takes place.

Our meetings come at a difficult time; the ugly pall of terrorism hangs over our countries. The terrorist’s attacks by religious extremists in Paris last month being another manifestation of what has been happening in African for quite some time now, namely the Al-Shabab menace in Somalia and Kenya, Boko Haram in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger and al-Qaida affiliates in Mali.

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