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New hub to support Action Against Desertification in ACP countries

Brussels, 22 February 2016/ FAO/AU/ ACP: A special hub will support critical efforts to combat land degradation, desertification and drought in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific, through an agreement signed by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).  

The FAO and AUC stated that the special hub will provide assistance in coordination, monitoring and evaluation, capacity development, resource mobilisation, knowledge management for the implementation of the Action Against Desertification.

MOU signed between ACP, International Bridges for Justice to promote democracy, rule of law

Brussels, 22 February 2016: An MOU was signed by ACP Secretary General H.E Dr. Patrick I. Gomes and the CEO and Founder of International Bridges for Justice (IBJ) Rev. Karen I. Tse, to promote and support member countries' institutional development in the Rule of Law and Good Governance.

New book challenges current methods of poverty analysis

Brussels, 19 February 2016/ ACP: A new book launched at the ACP House, titled “Poverty is a person: Human Agency, Women and Caribbean Households” by Dr. Theresa-Ann Rajack-Talley, calls for a more gendered and multidimensional approach to studying poverty, going beyond the traditional focus on statistics and figures.

Presented during last week’s ACP symposium on empowering youth and women entrepreneurs through South-South & Triangular Cooperation, the book attempts to address the question of why poverty still exists, using a ‘people-centred’ lens.

Tanzania Pemba Project: Sowing the seeds of change

Brussels, 19 February 2016/ GCCA/ ACP: On a small island in the Indian Ocean, the combination of hard work, friendship and financial support has helped protect vulnerable communities from the effects of climate change.
 

PHOTOS, PRESENTATIONS + VIDEOS: Symposium on South-South and Triangular Cooperation

(Above: Some participants at the ACP South-South and Triangular Cooperation Symposium, on the theme 'Integrated Rural Development: Strengthening Women and Youth Empowerment through Jobs and Entrepreneurship,' co-organised by ACP Group, UN FAO and the OIF, held in Brussels on 11-12 February 2016)

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ACP Secretariat mourns passing of colleague Irene Handane

Brussels, 16 February 2016/ ACP: The Management and Staff of the ACP Secretariat mourned the loss of fellow staff member Mrs. Irène Handane (pictured), who passed away on 6th February 2016.

In a special ceremony, colleagues remembered Mrs. Handane, a national of Mali, who committed more than 24 years in service to the ACP Group of States as an Interpreter (English to French).

Republic of Congo takes over presidency of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 1 February 2016/ ACP: The Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States will be chaired by the Ambassador of the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), H.E. Roger-Julien Menga for the period 1 February 2016 to 31st July 2016.

He takes over from the Ambassador of Lesotho, H.E. Mpeo Mahase-Moiloa.

New ambassadors of Namibia, Ghana welcomed

Brussels, 25 January 2016/ ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors recently welcomed its two newest members, namely H.E. Mrs. Novisi Abaidoo of Ghana and H.E. Dr. Kaire Mbuende of Namibia, who addressed their fellow African, Caribbean and Pacific envoys for the first time during a special ceremony in Brussels last Thursday 21 January.

Joint event highlights South-South and Triangular Cooperation for women and youth empowerment

South-South Cooperation

Brussels, 25 January 2016/ ACP: Developing countries in the South offer a myriad of development solutions – knowledge, experiences and good practices, innovative policies, technology, know-how, and resources – that have proven cost-effective and have huge potential to be up-scaled for the benefit of others.

INTERVIEW: EEAS interview with ACP Secretary General

Brussels, 25 January 2016/ ACP: As the post-Cotonou discussions intensifies, editor of the European External action Service (EEAS) Newsletter on EU-Africa affairs Africa YEEAS!, Mr. José Costa-Perreira discusses ACP outlooks on ACP-EU relations with Secretary General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes. The following interview was originally published in the January 2016 edition of the newsletter.

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