Update on Negotiations

On 28th September 2018 the ACP Group of States and the EU began negotiations for a successor Agreement to the Cotonou Agreement which comes to an end in February 2020. This section contains all you need to know about the negotiations.

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Eight West African Countries Commit to Preserving their Audiovisual Heritage

The Directive establishing the audiovisual legal deposit in the eight Member States of the West African Monetary and Economic Union (UEMOA), which was published on 1 December in UEMOA's Official Journal, is the first of its kind in the world. This Directive, which is the only existing example of a common audiovisual legal deposit initiative, will facilitate the preservation of audiovisual heritage in an economic area with 112 million inhabitants, comprising Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte dIvoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.

ACP Steps in to Rescue Africa from Climate Change Impacts

Three years ago, Lesotho, Southern Africa’s small mountain kingdom surrounded by South Africa, was hit hard by the drought that led to the driest season in the region in 35 years. In the tiny dynastic nation, the El Niño driven-phenomenon resulted in a fall in maize production, the country's staple food.
 
But now thanks to the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, climate change impacts in African countries like Lesotho have met their match.
 

ACP-EU: MEPs agree on a partnership tailored to the international context

During the 36th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), which took place from 3 to 5 December in Cotonou (Benin), Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries debated and adopted several resolutions.
 
Parliamentarians debated the concrete involvement of the international community in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel, and the political situation in Cameroon. Resolutions on the fight against cybercrime and drug trafficking, the development of small and medium enterprises in ACP countries and wildlife trafficking were adopted, as well as urgent resolutions on the impact of climate change and the rise of populism.
 

36th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Cotonou, Benin

Brussels 05 December 2018/ACP/: His Excellency Mr. Patrice TALON, President of the Republic of Benin presided the official opening ceremony of the 52nd session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the 36th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in the presence of distinguished guests and more than 350 participants from all over the world on Monday 03 December 2018.

Statement by H.E. Dr. Patrick I Gomes Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States at the 52nd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly on 30 November 2018 Cotonou, Benin.

 
Hon. Joseph Owona Kono, President of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly,
 
Honourable Members,
 
Excellencies ACP Ambassadors present,
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 

Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, Nairobi Kenya 2018

Brussels,04 December 2018/ACP/: ACP Assistant Secretary General in charge of the Department for Sustainable Economic Development and Trade, Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou exposed the ACP Approach to mobilizing blue finance for fisheries and aquaculture at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya on 26-28 November 2018. 

ACP Issues Paper on the Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP24)

Brussels, 03 December 2018/ACP/: For ACP Member States, where the adverse impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly evident and more severe, the landmark IPCC report underscores the need for urgent and adequate action.

ACP study on NDCs finds at least USD 2,317bn required for climate action

Brussels, 29 November 2018 – The African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group of States could boost their climate action with technical and financial support, worth a minimum USD 2,317 billion, according to a Needs Analysis study by the Secretariat of the ACP, one of the leading intergovernmental groups of developing countries. 

WTO “cotton days” 28-29 November 2018

Brussels 26 November 2018/WTO/ACP/: Cotton, the soft and fluffy fibre that grows in bolls, is one of the world’s leading agricultural crops. It is also a commodity of particular importance for ACP countries. Cotton has been a key issue in the WTO agriculture negotiations and as an important development-related issue since 2003 when it was raised by four ACP countries— Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali — known as the Cotton Four or C-4.
 

The Honorable Joseph Malanji, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia received at the ACP

Brussels 21 November 2018/ACP/: The Honorable Joseph Malanji, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia, paid a courtesy call on Dr. Patrick Gomes, Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.


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