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Statement by H. E. Dr. Patrick I Gomes at the 47th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, 11th October 2017, Brussels

- Hon. Ibrahim Bundu, President of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
- Honourable Members,
- Excellencies ACP Ambassadors present
- Ladies and Gentlemen, 
 
I would like to thank you for yet another opportunity to share some thoughts with you.
 
Mr. President,
 

New €45 million ACP-EU initiative seeks to curb unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve biodiversity and improve food security

Rome, 10 October 2017/ FAO/ ACP: A €45 million multi-partner programme launched today at FAO seeks to help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries halt unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve their natural heritage and strengthen people's livelihoods and food security.
 

EU and African, Caribbean, and Pacific partners reaffirm commitment for sustainable ocean governance

Malta, 6 October 2017/ EC/ ACP: In the framework of the 'Our Ocean' Conference, the European Union and the group of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states have reaffirmed today their support to the implementation of SDG 14 and have stressed their commitment to an ambitious, long-term vision of protection, valorisation, and sustainable use of our oceans, as well as to sustainable blue growth, and their willingness to intensify their coordinated action and cooperation.
 

ACP mission secures Nigerian support for Post-Cotonou agenda

Brussels, 5 October 2017/ ACP: Nigerian authorities conveyed their full support and solidarity with the ACP Group of States in preparations for negotiations for an ACP-EU post-2020 partnership agreement, during an outreach mission to one of the ACP’s largest member states in West Africa.

In particular, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria H.E. Yemi Osinbajo urged fellow ACP member states to remain united in their cause, and indicated his support for the establishment of an ACP Endowment Fund, which would assist in the development agendas of ACP countries.

ACP countries urged to join in reforming development finance

Brussels, 5 October 2017/ ACP: Developing countries, including those in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group, should play a part in ongoing efforts to modernise development finance, including discussions on how to measure various financial flows into a country, for sustainable development.

This was a key message that emerged from a joint event held in Brussels on 26 September, co-organised by the ACP Group and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to facilitate important policy dialogue and sharing of strategic priorities in financing development.

Ministers agree on €40 million for ACP Blue Growth Initiative

Nassau, The Bahamas, 25 September 2017/ACP: Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries concluded two days of comprehensive talks on 20-21 September with a renewed commitment to developing the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in their countries, as well as unlocking the potential of the ‘blue economy’ through a new €40 million “ACP Blue Growth Initiative”.

Setting the future for the cashew sector in ACP countries

Cotonou, Benin, 25 September 2017/ ACP: The ACP Group reaffirmed its commitment to developing cashew as a key commodity for several member states, at the 11th African Cashew Alliance (ACA) Annual Cashew Conference held in Cotonou, Benin from 18th to 21st September.
 

Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors welcomes UN-EU initiative to stamp out violence against women and girls

New York, 22 September 2017/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States lent its support to a major UN-EU initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls (VAWG), launched on Wednesday, 20 September in the margins of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Opening of the 5th ACP Meeting of Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Nassau, The Bahamas, 20 September 2017/ ACP: The 5th meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture was formally opened today by the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Dr. The Hon. Hubert A. Minnis at the Melia Hotel Convention Centre, in Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas.

Opening remarks by the ACP Secretary General at the 5th ACP Meeting of Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture, 20 September 2017, Nassau, The Bahamas

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I join in extending a welcome to Ministers and Heads of Delegation to this our 5th Meeting on Fisheries & Aquaculture. It is with deep sadness that I make reference to the loss of life and devastating damage to property in the wake of recent and current hurricanes in their destructive paths and convey condolences to the Governments and peoples so affected.


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