Brussels Briefing No. 44: Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade

Brussels, 20 June 2016/ CTA/ ACP: An estimated 500 million small-scale farmers and one billion agricultural workers supply 70% of the world’s food. Numerous studies have shown that smallholder farming is the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly way of farming. Yet small-scale farmers are often-forgotten actors in the supply chain, and are the ones to suffer the most from Unfair Trading Practices.

Kenya President calls for re-balanced relationship with Europe

Brussels, 17 June 2016/ ACP: The President of the Republic of Kenya H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta met with Ambassadors of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in Brussels on Friday, urging ACP member countries to work together towards transforming their economies and moving beyond aid dependency.

Statement by the President of the Republic of Kenya to the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, 17 June 2016, Brussels

H.E. Mrs. Vilma McNish, Ambassador of Jamaica
H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes, Secretary General of ACP,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
It gives me great pleasure to address you as representatives of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states this morning. Allow me to take this opportunity to thank your chairperson Madam Vilma McNish for inviting me to address you. I feel greatly honoured by this invitation and thank you for finding time to come.
 

ACP-EU role in catalysing Paris Agreement on Climate Change highlighted at EDD16

Brussels, 16 June 2016/ ACP: The role played by the longstanding partnership between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in boosting the momentum towards the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change last year, was highlighted at a high level panel at Europe’s prime event on development, known as the European Development Days (EDD16).

ACP-EU JPA: Strengthening the ACP-EU Assembly to meet today’s global challenges

Windhoek, Naimbia, 15 June 2016/ ACPEU JPA: Local governance, stepping up intra-ACP trade and common management of ACP-EU migration were among the topics discussed by the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) at its 31st session, which closed on Wednesday 15 June, in Windhoek, Namibia.

Statement by the Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly Hon. Netty Baldeh at the opening ceremony of the 31st session of ACP-EU JPA, 13 June 2016, Windhoek, Namibia

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First of all, I would like to express solidarity with, and condolences to, the USA concerning the horrendous massacre in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, 11 June 2016 in which 49 people died.
 
Your Excellency,
 
I thank you for the opportunity, honour and privilege to make a statement to this distinguished Assembly. Before we proceed, I would like to place on record the appreciation of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly to the Government, National Assembly and people of Namibia for offering too host these meetings, and for all the facilities they have put in place for the efficient conduct of our meetings.
 

ACP-EU future relations depends on boosting parliamentary oversight, civil society participation: says Joint Assembly co-chair

Windhoek, Namibia, 13 June 2016/ EP/ ACPEU JPA: "The Cotonou Agreement remains unique in the world, and whatever form the next partnership takes, it will have to be tailored to today’s world, and include wider civil society participation and stronger parliamentary oversight and diplomacy", said Michèle RIVASI (Greens/EFA, FR), EU Co-President ad interim of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, for its 31st session.
 

STATEMENTS + PHOTOS: 8th Summit of Heads of State and Government, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 30 May - 1 June, 2016

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Opening ceremony 31st May, 2016

Statement from the ACP Secretary General, H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes, delivered on his behalf by ACP Assistant Secretary General in charge of Political Affairs and Human Development, Amb. Léonard Ognimba

8th ACP Summit reaffirms commitment to Sustainable Development Goals

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 1 June 2016/ ACP: The 8th Summit of Heads of State of Government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group concluded today with a renewed commitment to rally together to contribute more effectively to the global development agenda, and bring about concrete action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

ACP targets transformed global role for future

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 1 June 2016/ ACP: The future of the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States will be anchored on a commitment to South-South solidarity and increased effectiveness in the global arena, a streamlined mandate that adds value to global efforts, and concrete steps towards financial sustainability.


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