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ACP Group and UNOSSC make good on MoU with publication of first report on South-South Cooperation


Brussels, 18 March 2019/ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)  published a joint report titled, “South-South in Action” which will be launched during a side event hosted by the ACP Group of States at the upcoming Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) in Buenos, Aires, Argentina.
 

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.

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 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.

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.

ACP Group Thanks Cuba for Solidarity and Cooperation

Brussels 12 February 2019/ACP: The Director General of Cooperation from The Foreign Ministry of Cuba, Magalys Estrada met with High level ACP representatives to reflect on Cuba’s cooperation with ACP countries during a special meeting on 7 February 2019 at ACP headquarters. The meeting was held in the framework of “Cuba days” in Belgium organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban revolution and several important anniversaries.

New Ambassadors of Nigeria, Sierra Leone join ACP Group of States

Brussels, 30 January 2019/ACP: Envoys from two ACP Member States, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Sierra Leone, were officially presented to the committee of Ambassadors on Thursday 24 January 2019.

Intra-ACP ‘Climate Ambitions’ and new website

Brussels, 22 January 2019/ACP: The Intra-ACP GCCA+ programme used 2018 to bolster its support for the 79 ACP states, culminating with the launch of the ‘Climate Ambitions’ report, at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

The programme has six expected results, and is helping countries in the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions to address the impacts of climate change and strengthen their resilience. The programme also promotes dialogue among the regions and other partners. “Through our dialogue, and technical assistance, we are also supporting ACP countries to implement their NDCs,” says Pendo Maro, team leader.

ACP Group pledges support for African cinema

Brussels, 18 January 2019/ACP: A satisfaction! This is what can be said about the presentation of the 26th edition of FESPACO held in Brussels on Thursday 17 January 2019. The Minister of Culture of Burkina Faso H.E. Abdoul Karim Sango and all lovers of African cinema met at the headquarters of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States to discuss the holding of the 50th anniversary of the FESPACO, which will take place from 23 February to 2 March 2019 in Ouagadougou.
 


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