Dakar, Senegal, 26 April, 2016/ ACP: A call to rally together behind key common issues and preserve solidarity when dealing with partners set the tone at the opening of the 103rd session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States today.
The Council of Ministers will discuss several critical items before meeting with counterparts from the European Union on the 28th and 29th of April. This includes matters related to trade, development cooperation, and the future of the ACP Group, including its relations with the EU beyond 2020.
Brussels, 22 April 2016/ ACP: The Secretary General of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes received the President of Mozambique H.E. Mr. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi during a courtesy call to the ACP House on Friday 22 April to discuss keys issues of common interest.
Speaking to the press at the end of the visit, the Mozambican President welcomed this opportunity to learn more about the work of the ACP Group, and to discuss how it can be strengthened to serve the interests of member states more effectively.
Brussels, 21 April 2016/ ACP: The Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States welcomed the new Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania to the EU, H.E. Abdellahi Bah Nagi Kebd at the ACP House on Thursday, 14th April.
Ambassador Kebd, who had also presented his credentials to the King of Belgium on the same day, expressed his solidarity and commitment to the work programme of the ACP Group of States, given the many challenges at international and regional levels.
Georgetown, 15 April 2016/ DMP/ ACP: Caribbean and international experts will meet in Georgetown between 18–22 April to share knowledge about how to improve health and safety, environmental, and community relations outcomes in the quarry sector.
The Guyana Ministry of Natural Resources and the CARICOM are partnering with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to hold the workshop, a key event in Occupational Health and Safety Month.
Brussels, 8 April 2016/ ACP: An important gathering at the ACP House in Brussels on 7th April, hosted by the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes in the presence of ACP diplomats, the Rwandan diaspora in Belgium and friends of Rwanda, paid tribute to the victims of genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994.
After calling for a minute of silence to remember the tragic loss of more than a million lives over the course of 100 days, the Secretary General condemned the genocide, committed under the hand of violent extremists, as a heinous crime against humanity.
Suva, Fiji, 5 April 2016/ CWC/ ACP: A series of workshops this week from 5 to 7 April at the Fiji Museum in Suva will connect artists across the Pacific to international networks. Led by Visiting Arts, in partnership with The Pacific Arts and Culture Foundation in Fiji, the initiative is supported by the ACP-EU Support Programme to ACP Cultural Sectors, known as ACPCultures+ .
Brussels, 30 March 2016/ ACP: A two-day meeting of the ACP Sub-Committee on Sustainable Development ended with a draft action plan for 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific Member States for the period 2016-2020, aimed at strengthening the global response to climate change in the context of sustainable development and the efforts to reduce poverty.
At the event on 22-23 March chaired by the Ambassador of Namibia Dr. Kaire Mbuende, representatives of key institutions underscored the need for action in the wake of COP21’s landmark success, as well as the necessary support for these actions to succeed.
Brussels, 24 March 2016/ ACP: Newly appointed Ambassadors to the European Union from the Republics of Niger and Rwanda were formally presented to the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States last Thursday, during which they asserted their strong commitment to achieve common objectives and the reinforcement of the ACP Group.
H.E Mr Ousmane Alhassane Abba from Niger, who began his diplomatic career in 1986, previously served as Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Niger to the United Nations in New York and more recently at the Embassy of Niger in Paris.