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Key issues on agenda for ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers

Brussels, 28 March 2017/ ACP: Representatives from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the European Union have agreed on several major issues to discuss at the upcoming joint ministerial council meetings, scheduled for 4-5 May 2017 in Brussels.

Ambassadors and officials from both sides met in Brussels in March to elaborate on a common agenda that would guide the highest joint decision-making body in the ACP-EU partnership, during its 42nd session. The Joint Council is expected to take decisions on the following items:

ACP Group aims for impact at UN Climate Change Conference COP23

Brussels, 27 March 2017/ ACP: Climate change remains a major collective concern for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, which are particularly vulnerable to its negative effects. A special meeting organised by the ACP Sub-Committee for Sustainable Development laid the groundwork for an enhanced ACP role at the COP23 global climate talks in Bonn, Germany this November.

ACP, UN Women to embark on joint programs for women’s economic empowerment

Brussels, 24 March 2017/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the United Nations Agency for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) have declared their shared intentions for joint engagement and joint programming on women’s economic empowerment in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

BB48 focus on African youth, jobs, urbanisation and economic transformation

Brussels, 24 March 2017/ BB/ACP: Strengthening linkages between rural and urban areas in Africa were the focus of the 48th Brussels Development Briefings, held earlier this month at the ACP House under the theme: “Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa”.

ACP-EU Migration Program to Counter Human Trafficking, Migrant Smuggling

Georgetown, Guyana, 24 March 2017/ IOM/ ACP – A three-day inter-regional event brought together 70 delegates and experts from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States and from the European Union (EU) to look at the most effective means to counter the trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants at the local, regional and global levels.

ACP Parliamentary Assembly convenes in Brussels

Brussels, 23 March 2017/ ACP: The ACP Parliamentary Assembly held its 45th session and first plenary meeting of the year on Wednesday 22 March at the ACP House in Brussels. Hon. Netty Baldeh of the Gambia presided over deliberations, which brought together lawmakers from more than 70 countries to discuss relevant political and development issues, and prepare for the intersessional meetings with members of the European Parliament later this week.
 

Oceans Forum on trade-related aspects of Sustainable Development Goal 14

In preparation for the high-level United Nations Oceans Conference, an oceans forum co-organized by UNCTAD, FAO, the ACP Secretariat, COMSEC and International Ocean Institute (IOI) is  to be held from 21 - 22 March 2017,  Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.  The Forum shall be preceded by a briefing session on the Fisheries Regulatory Framework at the Multilateral Level scheduled for the 20 March 2017.

More information

Briefing session:  http://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=1297

Oceans Forum: http://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=1299

Visit by the Honourable Dr Walter Mzembi to ACP House

The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr Walter Mzembi, who is also the African Union- endorsed candidate for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), met with the Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries. Dr Patrick I Gomes, at the ACP’s Brussels Headquarters on 20 February, 2017.


 

Statement made on behalf of the ACP Secretary General at the 15th OCT-EU Forum, Orangestad, Aruba, 24-02-17

Mr. Mike Eman, Chairman of OCTA and Premier of Aruba, 
Excellency, Mr. Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development,
Excellencies, Members of the European Parliament,
Chairman of the Conference of the President of the Outermost Regions,
Distinguished participants,
Ladies and Gentlemen

It is with great pleasure and honour that, upon your kind and appreciated invitation, I am here today on behalf of the 79 member states of the ACP Group, to share with you some thoughts at this important 15th OCT-EU Forum gathered here in this beautiful island of Aruba.


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