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ACP Council takes key positions taken on trade, migration, ACP-EU relations

Brussels, 7 December 2017/ ACP: Decision-makers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States approved key policy and administrative actions for the organisation, while also taking a stand on major issues affecting ACP countries.

ACP boosts regional engagement with renewed agreement with ECOWAS

Abidjan, 6 December 2017/ ECOWAS/ ACP: A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Marcel de Souza, and the Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States Dr Patrick Gomes, in the margins of the AU-EU Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 30 November.

Also present at the ceremony was the Chairperson of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, the Ambassador of Senegal Amadou Diop, and the Executive Secretary of the Council of the Entente, Patrice Kouamé.

Economic trends, security issues to dominate debates at upcoming ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Brussels, 6 December 2017/ ACPEU JPA/ ACP: The 34th plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly takes place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from 18 to 20 December. It will be officially opened by its Co-Presidents, Hon. Louis Michel for the European Parliament and Hon.Ibrahim Rassin Bundu for the ACP states, in the presence of President of the Republic of Haiti H.E. Moïse Jovenel, and President of the Senate of Haiti H.E. Youri Latortue.

ACP Group of States Congratulates the People of Zimbabwe

Brussels, 30 November 2017/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States congratulates the People of Zimbabwe for the smooth and peaceful manner in which they have resolved the current political challenge on the 20 November 2017.

Protected areas across Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific boosted with €60 million investment

Brussels, 28 November 2017/ IUCN/ ACP: The European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States have invested €60 million in the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme over the next six years – making it one of the largest EU biodiversity programmes. The programme is being implemented by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.

ACP Group of States condemns the sale of Migrants in Libya

Brussels, 27 November 2017/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has learnt with deep concern of the inhuman treatment of the auctioning of migrants in Libya. The ACP Group strongly condemns these despicable acts of slavery that no longer has a place in the world and amount to crimes against humanity. 

ACP Sugar Group disappointed with the reported negotiating stance of the EU with Mercosur

Brussels, 27 November 2017/ ACP: The ACP Sugar Group are deeply concerned with the recent news that the EU plans to modify its market access offer to Mercosur to include sensitive products, among them sugar, during the next round of trade talks between 4 and 10 December.

ACP Group of States Statement on the Court Judgement on the Petition on the Fresh Presidential Elections in Kenya

Brussels, 20 November 2017/ ACP: The Court process that has just concluded in Kenya and the Supreme Court’s decision today constitute a remarkable moment for Kenya. This significant development goes a long way to confirm the Country’s democratic maturity as well as the commendable functioning of its democratic institutions.

FEATURED VIDEO: Culture, investment & SDGs - 4th Meeting of ACP Ministers of Culture

Ministers responsible of the development of the cultural sector and cultural industries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gathered in Brussels on 9-10 November to discuss the crucial relationship between culture and sustainable development, under the theme: “Making Culture and Impact Investment in Achieving the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development”. Ministers committed to ensuring more attention to the sector in government plans and strategies, including enhanced funding, integration into national policies, and coordination with other departments.

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Statement of the ACP Group of States on the situation in Zimbabwe

Brussels, 17 November 2017/ ACP: The ACP Group is following keenly the political developments in Zimbabwe and expresses appreciation for the calm that continues in the country during this period.
The ACP Group appeals to all concerned to pursue solutions in accordance with the Constitution of Zimbabwe and uphold the rule of law and good governance.

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