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On 28th September 2018 the ACP Group of States and the EU began negotiations for a successor Agreement to the Cotonou Agreement which comes to an end in February 2020. This section contains all you need to know about the negotiations.

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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.
 

Jamaica praises ACP-EU development mineral programme

Brussels 14 January 2019/ACP/: Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)-European Union (EU) Development Minerals Programme has assisted stakeholders in the mining sector to embrace international standards.

The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme is a three-year, €13.1 million capacity building project, which is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, and coordinated by the ACP Secretariat.

Unlocking the inclusive innovation potential of ACP countries: a new ACP-EU initiative

Brussels 09 January 2019/ACP/: New technologies, knowledge and innovations can be powerful drivers of inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development. In fact, investments in research, innovation and technology are considered instrumental to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda .

On these lines, a growing number of ACP countries have moved to incorporate science, innovation and technology in their national development policies. At the same time, the European Union and Member States remain committed to continue investing in research and development, including enhancing national innovation systems . 

ACP Group outlines priorities for 2019, calls for a strong UN system

Port of Spain, Trinidad, 02 January 2019, CMC –The 79-member African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States on Wednesday urged “vigorous support” for the United Nations in what it regards a “turbulent” global environment.

” Vigorous support for the United Nations to advance multilateralism will loom large in all the programmes and projects of the ACP in 2019,” ACP Secretary General, Dr. P. I. Gomes told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).

ACP EU Negotiators meet the Media

Professor the Hon. Robert Dussey, ACP Chief Negotiator and Stefano Manservisi, EC Director-General briefed the media in Brussels on the outcome of the meeting of the ACP EU Negotiators held on Friday 14 December 2018 at ACP House. The Negotiators confirmed good progress made by the Parties on the Structure of the New ACP-EU Agreement which will be a legally binding Treaty of at least 20 years duration.


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