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A 2017 New Year’s Message from Dr. P.I Gomes, Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States

                                  “ACP Secretary-General salutes Global Climate Alliance

In extending New Year Greetings to our 79 Member States of the African, Caribbean & Pacific (ACP) Group, may I once again reiterate the deep appreciation of the ACP’s Secretariat to our Presidents and Prime Ministers, the Council of Ministers, Senior Officials, Continental and Regional organisations, development partners, civil society and private sector organisations that contributed so significantly to the main achievements of the ACP Family in 2016.

ACP-EU support to cultural sectors: Results and perspectives

Brussels, 27 October 2016/ ACP: Supporting the cultural sector in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries has been a key focus for the ACP Group, with increasing support allocated from the Intra-ACP envelopes of the European Development Fund (EDF), under the ACP-EU partnership agreement.

On Friday, 28 October, a special conference at the ACP House will examine the main results and impacts of ACP-EU programmes in the cultural sector, supported with up to €14.33 million under the 9th cycle of the EDF from 2000 - 2007 and up to €30 million under the 10th EDF covering 2008-2013.

ACP Group awards €10,000 to African inventor

Brussels, 17 October 2016/ ACP: An inventor from Burkina Faso Mr. Christian Cédric Toe, won the Time Innovation Award sponsored by the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) at the 3rd edition of the Rebranding Africa Forum held in Brussels on 13-15 October 2016.

In addition to the €10,000 award, the winner was also granted €150,000 from the local bank Coris Bank Burkina to help finalise and produce his “laafi bag” invention.

Pacific-Caribbean learning exchange to strengthen capacity for researchers and extension officers

Kingston, Jamaica, 10 October 2016/ IntraACP APP Press Release: Nine Pacific Island researchers and extension officers commenced a two week learning exchange in the Caribbean islands of Jamaica and Trinidad. Over the next 2 weeks extension officers from Vanuatu, Samoa, PNG, Fiji and the Pacific Community will learn and exchange practices covering staple crops such as yams, dasheen (taro), cocoyam (xanthosoma) and sweet potatoes with their Caribbean counterparts.
 

ACP paper to prep countries for Marrakech Climate Change Conference COP22

Brussels, 5 October 2016/ ACP:  In the lead up to the Marrakech Climate Change Conference (COP 22) this November 2016, representatives of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries gathered in Brussels this week to discuss key climate concerns for the ACP Group of States.

European Parliament calls for major reforms in ACP-EU relations after 2020

Brussels, 4 October 2016/ European Parliament Press Release: The Cotonou Agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the EU needs to be reformed in order to improve its effectiveness, MEPs said in a resolution adopted Tuesday. They call for a new legally binding framework that focuses on global development goals, human rights and enhances regional cooperation.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: ACP Secretary General with President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Peter Thomson of Fiji

New York, 23 September 2016/ ACP: The ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes paid a courtesy call to the President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly H.E. Peter Thomson, Ambassador of Fiji, while in New York for the meetings of the UNGA.

The Secretary General welcomed Fiji's election to the seat, this being the first time for a Pacific Island country to hold the presidency.


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