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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 Secretariat to host Side-Event at UN High-Level Conference on South-South and Triangular Cooperation

Brussels, 05 March 2019/ACP: The ACP Secretariat will host a side event on the theme of ‘The ACP Group’s commitment to South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) for the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ during the second high-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 20 to 22 March 2019. The side event will take place on Thursday 21 March 2019.

ACP and LDC sugar industries call for a level playing field for all stakeholders

Brussels, 28 February 2019/ACP:  The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and Least Developed Countries (LDC) are calling for a level playing field for all sugar stakeholders after a study had been presented to the European Parliament implicating them in the substantial decline in the price and export of the commodity over the past two years.

New ACP-EU Partnership: EU and Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Leaders intensify the regional talks in Samoa

Brussels, 26 February 2019/ACP: In the context of the ongoing negotiations to modernize relations between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP), chief negotiators met with Pacific leaders today.

STATEMENT BY THE ACP SECRETARY GENERAL ON VIOLENCE IN HAITI

On behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the ACP Secretariat, the Secretary General, Dr. Patrick I. Gomes, has expressed his deep concern about the violence sparked by protests in Haiti. He condemns the perpetration of the violence and deplores the loss of life, many wounded and damage to property. 

The Secretary General urges all the parties to refrain from any further action that could exacerbate the situation. He calls on the Haitian authorities to exercise maximum restraint in responding to any acts of provocation by the protestors. 

Innovative impact fund to create jobs for rural youth in developing countries

Rome, 15 February 2019/ACP/IFAD: An impact fund with an innovative approach for attracting much needed capital to the rural areas of developing countries was launched today at the annual meeting of Member States of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Namibia assumes chairmanship of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels 11 February 2019/ACP: The Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia, H.E. Dr. Kaire M. Mbuende will preside over the Committee of African, Caribbean and Pacific ambassadors in Brussels for the period 1st February – 31 July 2019.

His chairmanship comes at a decisive time when negotiations for a new partnership with the European Union are well advanced and are expected to be concluded during the summer of 2019.

ICC Prosecutor holds an exchange of views with ACP Ambassadors

Brussels, 25 January 2019/ACP: The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Dr Fatou Bensouda, addressed the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States on Thursday 24 January to express her profound gratitude for the ACP Group's contributions to the work of the International Criminal Court, with 51 out of 79 ACP States having ratified the ICC Rome Statute.

STATEMENT BY THE ACP SECRETARY GENERAL ON THE TERROR ATTACKS IN MALI

Brussels, 22 January 2019/ACP: On behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the ACP Secretariat, the Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Gomes, strongly condemns the terrorist attacks perpetrated against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), in Aguelhok, Northern Mali. These unfortunate and barbaric attacks have led to 10 deaths of Chadian Nationals and more than 25 injured. 

STATEMENT BY THE ACP SECRETARY GENERAL ON THE TERROR ATTACKS IN NAIROBI KENYA

Brussels,16 January 2019/ACP: On behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the ACP Secretariat, the Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Gomes, having learnt with deep shock and sadness of the terrorists attacks perpetrated in Nairobi, Kenya on 15 January 2019, conveys his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, His Excellency, the President, the Government and the Peoples of the Republic of Kenya. The Secretary General extends his best wishes for a speedy and full recovery to the injured.

EU and ACP countries conclude first round of negotiations to modernise their relations

Brussels, 14 December 2018/ACP: The two chief negotiators met today in Brussels to take stock of the progress achieved and discuss next steps.

The first series of talks between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) led to broad convergence on the structure of the future agreement and the strategic priorities.


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