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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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BAPA+40: ACP Side Event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 21-3-2019

ACP Sends Condolences to the Government and People of Ethiopia

Brussels 12 March 2019/ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Dr. Patrick I. Gomes sent a message of condolence to the Government and People of Ethiopia following the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 to Nairobi which claimed all 157 lives on board.
 
Dr Gomes, on behalf of the Secretariat, conveyed deepest sympathy to the families, friends and loved ones of the deceased.
 
 

The ACP Group renews its support for the largest pan-African film festival and launches the new ACP-EU Culture programme

Brussels, 11 March 2019/ACP: Mr Léonard-Emile Ognimba, Assistant-Secretary-General of the ACP Group, together with the Director General for Development and International Cooperation of the European Commission, Mr Stefano Manservisi, officially launched the new ACP-EU Culture Programme on the occasion of the 26th edition of The Ouagadougou Pan-African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO), on 24 February 2019 in Ouagadougou.

ACP Secretariat to host Side-Event at UN High-Level Conference on South-South and Triangular Cooperation

Brussels, 05 March 2019/ACP: The ACP Secretariat will host a side event on the theme of ‘The ACP Group’s commitment to South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) for the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ during the second high-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 20 to 22 March 2019. The side event will take place on Thursday 21 March 2019.

17th Regional Meeting of the ACP- EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Suriname

Suriname, Paramaribo 04 March 2019/ACP:  Parliamentarians from the Caribbean Region of the ACP Group and their European counterparts met in Paramaribo (Suriname), from 28 February to 2 March 2019.

During the meetings, representatives of the ACP-EU discussed issues pertinent to the region, such as climate change, which is a major concern in the Caribbean. Identifying and implementing effective climate adaptation and mitigation strategies is therefore high on the regional agenda.

ACP and LDC sugar industries call for a level playing field for all stakeholders

Brussels, 28 February 2019/ACP:  The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and Least Developed Countries (LDC) are calling for a level playing field for all sugar stakeholders after a study had been presented to the European Parliament implicating them in the substantial decline in the price and export of the commodity over the past two years.

ACP and EU leaders intensify regional talks in Samoa

Brussels, 26 February 2019/ACP: Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Dr. Patrick Gomes is today participating in a high level dialogue with representatives of the Pacific and the European Union on post-Cotonou negotiations, in Apia, the capital of Samoa.

STATEMENT BY THE ACP SECRETARY GENERAL ON VIOLENCE IN HAITI

On behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the ACP Secretariat, the Secretary General, Dr. Patrick I. Gomes, has expressed his deep concern about the violence sparked by protests in Haiti. He condemns the perpetration of the violence and deplores the loss of life, many wounded and damage to property. 

The Secretary General urges all the parties to refrain from any further action that could exacerbate the situation. He calls on the Haitian authorities to exercise maximum restraint in responding to any acts of provocation by the protestors. 

Next Brussels Briefing n. 54: “Sustainable agriculture: where are we on SDGs implementation?”

The next Brussels Policy Briefing n. 54 on ”Sustainable agriculture: where are we on SDGs implementation?” will take place on 27th February 2019 (European Commission, Charlemagne Building, Lord Jenkins room, Rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels).

The Brussels Briefing 54 discusses the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, examining the status of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the progress made with respect to Zero Hunger (SDG 2) on agriculture, food security and nutrition in ACP countries.

Innovative impact fund to create jobs for rural youth in developing countries

Rome, 15 February 2019/ACP/IFAD: An impact fund with an innovative approach for attracting much needed capital to the rural areas of developing countries was launched today at the annual meeting of Member States of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).


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