ACP Secretary General addresses UNCTAD XIV meeting in Nairobi

Statement by the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes delivered on behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, at the 14th session of the Conference of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIV), 21 July 2016, Nairobi, KENYA

ACP Group highlights special needs of poor, vulnerable countries at UN Conference on Trade & Development

Nairobi, Kenya, 22 July 2016/ ACP: The ACP Group of States reaffirmed its support for a renewed four-year mandate for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTADXIV), with particular attention to the special needs of the poorest and most vulnerable economies of the world.

ACP Group keen to secure robust multilateral rules on fisheries subsidies

Nairobi, Kenya, 21 July 2016/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has called for an agreement for disciplines on fisheries subsidies in the World Trade Organisation, to ensure the sustainability of key marine resources on which many of the 79 ACP member states depend.

Results of evaluation on ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement announced

Brussels, 20 July 2016/ EC: The European Commission announced the results of its evaluation of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), and report on the good progress being made towards the main objectives of the partnership between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States.

Fact-finding mission of the Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly to Rome and Lampedusa

Rome, 18 July 2016/ ACP-EU JPA: The Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly undertook a fact-finding mission to Rome and Lampedusa from 13 to 15 July 2016. The purpose of the mission was to look at how the Italian authorities and other agencies are addressing the influx of migrants and refugees into Italy through Lampedusa, to assess the living conditions, including respect for human rights of migrants and their possibilities of finding decent life in Europe through relocation processes.

Brexit and EPAs: Roundtable explores the implications for developing countries

London, 13 July 2016/ RI/ ACP: The outcome of the 23rd June 2016 referendum has set the UK on a path to leave the European Union (EU) that will also see an end to its being a member of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with several countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
 
Brexit will have consequences for the UK, but its impact on these developing countries could also be far reaching. Precisely how and in what ways is however not yet well understood. 
 

ACP Group and UN join forces to advance South-South cooperation

Brussels, 11 July 2016/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) today agreed to embark on concrete joint initiatives to foster South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation amongst their mutual constituencies.

The ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes and the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for South-South Cooperation and UNOSSC Director Mr. Jorge Chediek signed an exchange of letters at the ACP headquarters in Brussels.

The agreement outlined the key areas of cooperation, including

Joint conference zooms in on lessons, best practices in ACP-EU higher education, research programmes

Brussels, 6 July 2016/ ACP: A Joint Stakeholders’ Conference held on 5-6 July at ACP House gathered beneficiaries and stakeholders of three Intra-ACP flagship programmes in the higher education, science and technology and research sectors, under the ACP-EU partnership.

Brussels Briefing 44 showcases successful fair trade cases in ACP countries

Brussels, 5 July 2016/ ACP: The recently held Brussels Briefing, No. 44 addressed promoting responsible value chains and sustainable sourcing through fair trade in the agricultural sector. It highlighted the problems that currently make value chains unsustainable, particularly at the farmers' level. It also presented successful examples of how fair trade is promoting sustainable sourcing. 

Hubs and Spokes programme assessed at Dakar meeting

Dakar, Senegal, 5 July 2016/ Commonwealth/ Hubs-Spokes/ ACP: The Hub and Spokes II Programme enhances trade capacity in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions by placing trade advisers in national ministries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs).
 


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