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.

New Ambassador of Mauritania welcomed in Brussels

Brussels, 21 April 2016/ ACP: The Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States welcomed the new Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania to the EU, H.E. Abdellahi Bah Nagi Kebd at the ACP House on Thursday, 14th April.

Ambassador Kebd, who had also presented his credentials to the King of Belgium on the same day, expressed his solidarity and commitment to the work programme of the ACP Group of States, given the many challenges at international and regional levels.

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.

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

By ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes. 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-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+ .

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.
 

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.


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