PHOTO OF THE DAY: Africa Diaspora Network Europe meet with ACP Secretary General

Brussels, 13 November 2015/ ACP: Members of the Africa Diaspora Network Europe (ADNE), led by President Ms. Marie Chantal Uwitonze, accompanied by Mr. Henri D. N’zouzi, Ms. Manel Msalmi, and Ms. Erika Kaneza met on Wednesday with the Secretary General H.E. Patrick I. Gomes and the Chef de Cabinet Amb Mamour Alieu Jagne, to discuss possibilities of collaboration on projects of mutual interest.

Tribute to ACP civil society activist Mr. Roosevelt O. King

Brussels, 13 November 2015/ ACP: The ACP Secretariat joins the global network of ACP Civil Society Forum (ACP CSF) Platform members in mourning the passing  on 9 November of Mr. Roosevelt O. King, who was recognised as a stalwart and avid representative of the ACP CSF and a tireless advocate for a more participatory role for ACP civil society under the framework of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. 

ACP Group welcomes Sierra Leone's ebola-free status

Brussels, 11 November 2015/ ACP: The ACP Group of States welcomes the decision by the World Health Organisation (WHO), announced on 7 November 2015, to declare the Republic of Sierra Leone, Ebola-free, and commends the Government and People of the Republic of Sierra Leone for their resilience under the existing national systems to stop the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the country.

Statement of the ACP Group of States on the situation in Burundi

Brussels, 11 November 2015/ ACP: The ACP Group of States is gravely concerned by current developments in the situation in Burundi, which risk escalating significantly, with catastrophic humanitarian consequences for the country and states in that region. 
The ACP Group of States urges the parties to exercise restraint so as to spare the Burundi population already traumatised by the cycles of conflicts which have plagued the country for many years, any new and countless suffering. 

Eminent Persons Group advances work on future perspectives of ACP Group

Brussels, November 3, 2015/ ACP:  The ACP Eminent Persons Group (EPG) made significant progress on its work on the future propects of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group, with the aim of submitting a final report to ACP Heads of State and Government at the next ACP Summit, which Papua New Guinea has offered to host in May 2016.

Agrifood development in the spotlight – sharing experiences across regions

Bridgetown, Barbados, 31 October 2015/ ACP: A five-day event aimed at promoting synergies between the Caribbean and Pacific to spur agrifood development takes centre stage in the coming week in Bridgetown, Barbados.

ACP gears up for UN Climate Change Conference COP21

Brussels, 31 October 2015/ ACP: An issues paper adopted by the ACP Group’s Sub-committee on Sustainable Development will serve as the basis of a common ACP position at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris this December.

The paper, deliberated upon by regional and international stakeholders on 28-29 October, covers key issues of convergence for the 79 member states spanning Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands.

Statement by the ACP Secretary General at the 43rd Brussels Development Briefing on Emerging Donors and Rising Powers in Agriculture in ACP countries, 27 October 2015, Brussels

I thank the CTA for inviting the Secretariat to deliver an opening remark at this important event where the issue of “Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries” will be discussed. 
Furthermore, I wish to acknowledge the efforts of the CTA on the regular organization of the series of Policy Briefings on the important issues of agriculture and rural development, targeting ACP countries. The wider coverage and participation of stakeholders in the series of briefings on agriculture and rural development is most commendable. 
Ladies and Gentlemen,



We, Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States responsible for trade matters, meeting in Brussels from  19 to 21 October 2015 to, among other things, review preparations for the Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference (MC10) in Nairobi and provide political guidance  to our Member States; 

ACP Trade Ministers resolve to advance development agenda at 10th WTO Conference

Brussels, 22 October 2015/ ACP: Trade Ministers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States are committed to a successful outcome at the Tenth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), calling on WTO member countries to affirm their commitment to the Doha Development Agenda, in particular on the core areas in the negotiations that are important to developing countri

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