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ACP Countries leading by example: “Supporting 1.5 to Stay Alive”

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 26th September, 2019

For a Joint Side Event by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS), and the European Commission (EC) at the UN Climate Summit on at UN Headquarters in New York, entitled:

ACP Countries leading by example: “Supporting 1.5 to Stay Alive”

ACP Statement on the passing of H.E. Mr. Robert Gabriel Mugabe

On behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, H.E. Dr Patrick Gomes expressed his condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Zimbabwe on the passing of H.E. Mr. Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the founding father and former President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, H.E. Mr. Emmerson D. Mnangagwa, has accorded Mr. Mugabe Hero status and declared a period of national mourning from 6 September 2019 until the official burial date.

ACP Ambassadors pay tribute to Stefano Manservisi

At a special Committee of Ambassadors (CoA) meeting on 5 September 2019, African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) ambassadors paid tribute to outgoing Director-General (DG) of International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission, Mr Stefano Manservisi. The ambassadors warmly reflected on their relationship with the outgoing DG and thanked him for his efforts with respect to their individual countries as well as for his leadership and guidance on the joint agreements brokered between the ACP and EU.

The ACP Group Stands in Solidarity with the People of The Bahamas

Brussels, 09 September 2019/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States stands in solidarity with the Government and People of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas in the face of the loss of lives and devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, the most destructive and deadly storm to ever hit The Bahamas. 
 

ACP SG calls climate change "the most significant challenge to achieving sustainable development" at UN Meeting on Climate Action and Trade

GENEVA, Sept 9, CMC – The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, Dr. Patrick Gomes Monday called for increased efforts to deal with the impact of climate change noting that the “painful reality” is that its adverse impacts are more severe in the poorest and most vulnerable countries.

Recent Kenya President’s visit to the Caribbean could boost region’s presence at ACP summit

Brussels, 09 September 2019: In a wide-ranging interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), ACP Secretary General, Dr. Patrick I. Gomes opined that the recent visit of Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, to the Caribbean could help boost the region’s participation at the December 9-10 ACP Summit to be held in Nairobi, Kenya.

ACP discusses NDC Progress and Successes during Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week

Brussels, 04 September 2019: Dr Pendo Maro, team leader of the Intra-ACP GCCA+ Programme – an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group funded by the European Development Fund (EDF) – recently chaired a panel discussion on the progress and successes of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the Caribbean region during the Regional Dialogue on NDCs for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Regional Dialogue was held on 19 to 20 August during the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 (LACCW), from 19 to 23 August in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil.

Next Brussels Briefing n. 57: “Investing in smallholder agriculture for food security and nutrition”

Brussels, 03 September 2019/ACP: The next Brussels Development Briefing n. 57 on “Investing in smallholder agriculture for food security and nutrition” organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid and the ACP Secretariat will be held on Wednesday 11th September 2019, 9h00-13h00 at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels, Room C. The Briefing will discuss smallholder agriculture and its key role in delivering food security/nutrition, and sustainable food systems, as recognised in SDG 2.

Papua New Guinea takes over presidency of the ACP Group


Brussels 26 July 2019/ACP: The Ambassador of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, H.E. Mr. Joshua Kalinoe will preside over the Committee of Ambassadors (CoA) of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States in Brussels for the period 1 August 2019 – 31 January 2020.
 
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Papua New Guinea Hon. Soroi Eoe will assume the presidency of the ACP Council of Ministers.  
 

Intensified Efforts to Ensure Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States

NEW YORK (IDN) – Wrapping up the ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on July 19, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Inga Rhonda King said the session had contributed significantly to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. But she urged governments to "reinvent themselves” and be more agile in finding "ways to engage the poorest and most vulnerable in the decisions that impact on their lives”.
 


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