ACP grassroots women “gold mine” for sustainable development, study finds

Brussels, September 16, 2014/ ACP: A newly released study on the role of women in advancing sustainable human development in African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries has highlighted the “outstanding contributions” of grassroots women on the ground, across a wide range of development sectors. 

Statement by the Secretary General at the General Assembly of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organisation (WAITRO), 16 September 2014, Copenhagen

Mr. Martin Lidegaard, Honourable  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark,

Your Excellences; Distinguished Participants; Ladies and Gentlemen

Allow me first to thank the organisers, for inviting me in my capacity as the Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, to participate in the WAITRO General Assembly and its 22nd Biennial Congress.

Former ACP Secretary General to head UN office for West Africa

Brussels, 15 September 2014/ ACP: Former Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has been appointed as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA). 

ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly meetings postponed

Brussels, 15 September 2014/ ACP: The 36th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the inter-sessional meetings of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), previously scheduled for 23-26 September have been postponed. 

21 ACP countries signed National Indicative Programmes with the EU

Brussels, 10 September 2014/ EC/ ACP: European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and representatives from 21 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, co-signed the National Indicative Programmes (NIP) under the 11th European Development Fund for the period 2014-2020 in Apia, Samoa, for a total amount of €339 million.

IN THE NEWS: Nigeria's Technical Aid Corps for ACP countries to expand to Brazil, Venezuela, Vietnam

Abuja, 10 September 2014/ TD/ NAN: Nigeria is to send volunteers to provide technical assistance to Brazil, Venezuela and Vietnam, the Director-General, Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC), Dr. Pius Osunyikanmi, has said.

Eminent Persons Group brief ACP Ambassadors to the WTO on initial findings of 18-month review

Geneva, 9 September 2014/ ACP: The Drafting Committee of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States met the ACP Ambassadors to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to solicit their views on the Group’s future perspectives up to and beyond 2020 when the Partnership Agreement with the European Union known as Cotonou Agreement comes to an end.


Former Mines Minister of Guinea and current Ambassador to the European Union H.E Dr. Ousmane Sylla will preside over the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group for the period 1 August 2014 - 31 January 2015. ACP Press discusses his plans for the ACP work programme, the post-2015 development agenda, and the economic transformation of ACP countries.


New leadership for ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 9 September 2014/ ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels will hold its first regular session this month since appointing a new Chair and a new Bureau to coordinate its work.

Statement by the Assistant Secretary General Mr Achille Bassilekin III at the 3rd International Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), 1-4 September, Samoa

Mr President; Excellencies; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and gentlemen,

I speak on behalf of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the ACP, which is one of the largest groups of developing countries in the world, consisting of 80 Member countries of which 36 are Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  

Allow me, from the outset, to express our gratitude to the Government and people of Samoa for the excellent organisation of this Conference and for the warm welcome received on arrival to this beautiful island.

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