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Concept notes welcome for trade capacity grants under ACP-EU TradeComII program – deadline 8 November

Brussels, 10 October 2016/ ACP: The ACP-EU TradeComII Programme is accepting concept papers from a wide range of actors who wish to carry out trade-related programmes, training, research and networking activities for the benefit of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Trade research or training institutions, academic institutions with specific trade programmes, export promotion or agencies, private sector advocacy organisations; and certain international organisations are invited to make submissions.

ACP and WCO team up to support implementation of WTO MC 10 LDC outcome on rules of origin

Brussels, 10 October 2016/ ACP: The ACP Secretariat and the World Customs Organisation (WCO) have teamed up to assist the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the ACP Group to realise the benefits of the package of measures agreed to by the 10th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference that was held in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2015.

ACP Group condemns violence in DRC, calls for restraint

Brussels, 21 September 2016/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States express deep concern at the violent clashes that erupted in Kinshasa on 19th September 2016 that claimed lives of security personnel and protestors.
 
The ACP Group condemns these acts of violence and calls for all parties involved to exercise restraint and urges them to take measures to calm the situation in order to stop further violence that could aggravate the situation. 
 

ACP Secretary-General stresses root causes of migration at UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

New York, 21 September/ ACP: The ACP Secretary-General H.E. Dr Patrick Gomes delivered a statement at the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York on Monday, calling for international solidarity to address the drivers of migration, whether political, economic, social or environmental.

ACP-EU JPA Co-Presidents call for calm to resolve the crisis through dialogue and with respect for the Constitution

Brussels, 20 September 2016/ ACP: The Co-Presidents of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Mr Louis Michel and Mr Netty Baldeh, express their deepest concern about the situation prevailing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 19 September 2016, the date of the convening of the electorate under Article 90 of the Constitution.
 

ACP statement on the situation in Gabon

Brussels, 2 September 2016/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States expresses grave concern at the violence which has erupted following the release of the results of the presidential election, which took place in Gabon on 27 August 2016, and which has led to the loss of lives, injuries, and considerable destruction of property.

The ACP Group of States views these developments with particular concern as they could have serious humanitarian consequences and a significant impact on the countries of the region. 

Fact-finding mission of the Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly to Rome and Lampedusa

Rome, 18 July 2016/ ACP-EU JPA: The Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly undertook a fact-finding mission to Rome and Lampedusa from 13 to 15 July 2016. The purpose of the mission was to look at how the Italian authorities and other agencies are addressing the influx of migrants and refugees into Italy through Lampedusa, to assess the living conditions, including respect for human rights of migrants and their possibilities of finding decent life in Europe through relocation processes.

ACP Group and UN join forces to advance South-South cooperation

Brussels, 11 July 2016/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) today agreed to embark on concrete joint initiatives to foster South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation amongst their mutual constituencies.

The ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes and the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for South-South Cooperation and UNOSSC Director Mr. Jorge Chediek signed an exchange of letters at the ACP headquarters in Brussels.

The agreement outlined the key areas of cooperation, including

Brussels Briefing No. 44: Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade

Brussels, 20 June 2016/ CTA/ ACP: An estimated 500 million small-scale farmers and one billion agricultural workers supply 70% of the world’s food. Numerous studies have shown that smallholder farming is the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly way of farming. Yet small-scale farmers are often-forgotten actors in the supply chain, and are the ones to suffer the most from Unfair Trading Practices.

Kenya President calls for re-balanced relationship with Europe

Brussels, 17 June 2016/ ACP: The President of the Republic of Kenya H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta met with Ambassadors of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in Brussels on Friday, urging ACP member countries to work together towards transforming their economies and moving beyond aid dependency.


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