FEATURED VIDEO: Vanuatu Ambassador on devastating Cyclone Pam and SIDS vulnerabilities

Brussels, 16 March 2015/ ACP: Chairman-in-Office of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, H.E Mr. Roy Mickey Joy of Vanuatu speaks about the disastrous cyclone that hit Vanuatu on 13 March 2015, as well as key developments in the work done by the ACP Group to address the challenges faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJxR-DvB_hE

ACP Secretary General calls for urgent action on Cyclone Pam devastation in Pacific region

Brussels, 16 March 2015/ ACP: The Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), Dr. Patrick I. Gomes is deeply disturbed and saddened by information received regarding the devastation wreaked on the island nation of Vanuatu in the Pacific region, following Cyclone Pam on 13 March.

ACP-EU PROGRAMMES: Hurricane PAM urges for better Agricultural policies responses to climate disasters

Wageningen, The Netherlands/ 16 March 2015/ Intra-ACP APP: On 13 and 14 March 2015, Vanuatu – a small Pacific country – have faced one of its most devastating natural disasters on record. Tropical cyclone Pam, of category 5, traversed the island archipelago with sustained winds of 330KM/hr, torrential rains and storm surge that have caused cataclysmic losses.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: ACP high level delegation meets with Togo's Prime Minister

Brussels, 10 March 2015/ ACP: The Prime Minister of Togo H.E. Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu met with the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr Patrick Gomes as well as the Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, H.E Roy Mickey Joy of Vanuatu during a trip to Brussels last week.

The meeting was an opportunity to discuss enhancing relations between the Republic of Togo and the ACP Group.

11th EDF full entry into force brings €30.5 billion on-stream for ACP countries

Brussels, 10 March 2015/ EC/ ACP: The European Commission has announced the full entry into force of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). The EDF is a cornerstone of the EU's international cooperation and development policy that concretely implements the long-standing partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries under the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement.

The EDF also covers cooperation with the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) as laid down in the Overseas Association Decision.

ACP Secretary-General condemns terrorist attack in Bamako

Brussels, 9 March 2015: The Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), Dr Patrick I. Gomes, was outraged to learn of the terrorist attack on a restaurant in Bamako on 7 March 2015, in which five people were killed and several wounded.  

ACP celebration of International Women's Day 2015

Brussels, 6 March 2015/ ACP: Strong messages from the ACP Secretary General, Head of UN Women and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) added to a vibrant programme at ACP House on Thursday 5 March marking International Women’s Day.

Statement by the Secretary General at the ACP celebration of International Women's Day, 5 March 2015, Brussels

Thank you for the opportunity to address you on this auspicious occasion – the celebration of international women’s day. I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Secretariat for organising this event, in particular, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Human Development, Mme. Michèle Dominique Raymond, who has taken the lead in organising this event for the past 4 years.

Statement by the ACP Secretary-General on the draft Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali

The Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Dr. Patrick I. Gomes, has been keenly monitoring the fifth stage of the negotiations between the Government of the Republic of Mali and the Movements signatory to the Roadmap of 24 July 2014.

“African cotton at a crossroads”: Marking 10 years of the EU-Africa Partnership on Cotton in Cotonou, Benin

Brussels, 3 March 2015/ ACP: The EU-Africa Partnership on cotton was established in July 2004 at a time when the price of cotton had been following a historic downward trend since 2000. The programme is funded by the European Development Fund under the ACP-EU partnership framework.

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