Declaration of the 37th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly on the devastating impact of Cyclone PAM on the island states of Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Solomon Is. and Kiribati in the Pacific region

The   Parliamentary Assembly of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, meeting at its 37th Session in Brussels, Belgium on 18 March 2015,   
 
A. Saddened by the loss of lives, people left homeless, the desperate need for food and shelter, the severe shortages of drinking water, and the catastrophic effects upon the socio-economic infrastructures caused by cyclone PAM; and
 

ACP-EU PROGRAMMES: EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office Launched

Dakar, Senegal, 24 March 2015/ GPS World: The SAFIR (Satellite navigation services for AFrIcan Region) project has officially launched the EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office, laying the first stone of its future office building in a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal.
 

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Senegal's President Macky Sall with ACP Secretary General

Brussels, 24 March 2015/ACP: ACP Secretary General H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes meets with the President of the Republic of Senegal H.E. Mr. Macky Sall in Brussels.

Parliamentarians voice support for ACP “radical reform”

Brussels, 24 March 2015/ ACP: Politicians from more than 60 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries gathered in Brussels last week to discuss key political issues in their respective regions, and prepare for the upcoming joint assembly with European Parliamentarians scheduled for mid-2015.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Vice-President of the National Assembly of Uganda meets with ACP Secretary General

Brussels, 23 March 2015/ ACP: The Secretary General of the ACP Group H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes welcomed the Vice-President of the National Assembly of Uganda Hon. Jacob Oulanya on 18th March in the margins of the 37th ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels.

ACP-EU PROGRAMMES: National Workshop for Customs and Border Control Officers in Guyana

Georgetown, Guyana, 23 March 2015/ Caricom/ ACP: The Caricom Secretariat will be hosting a national workshop for customs and border control officers on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and their enforcement from March 24 to 26. The project is funded by the European Union through the ACP Secretariat, with the United Nations Environment Programme as the overall management and coordination agency for the project in all three regions of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
 

ACP-EU PROGRAMMES: EUR 40m EIB support to address currency barriers to economic growth in ACP countries

Luxembourg, 20 March 2015/ EIB: The European Investment Bank has become a member of The Currency Exchange Fund, TCX, a unique hedging vehicle that will allow the EIB to enhance its long-term lending in local currencies in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. 
 

Address by the Secretary General at the 37th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, 18 March 2015, Brussels

I thank you very much for the opportunity bring afforded to address you for the first time as Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States. As the President has stated, I have been keenly following the work of your Assembly and the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly for some time now – a decade to be precise. The parliamentarians have always been a source of inspiration – in particular, I recall a phrase used by the representative from Uganda – that the ACP now has a GPS to set our direction.

Mr. President,

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.


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