Brussels, 22 March 2016/ ACP: The Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, H.E. Dr. Patrick I Gomes, has learnt with deep shock and sadness the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Brussels on 22 March 2016. The Secretary-General condemns these heinous and cowardly acts, and reiterates the ACP Group’s unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and its conviction that acts of terrorism can never be justified on any ground, whether political, racial, or religious.
Brussels, 16 March 2016: Top officials from global and regional agencies will gather in Brussels on 22-23 March, along with representatives from the 79 Member States of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, to accelerate work towards implementing the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.
Brussels, 8 March 2016: The Draft Agenda for the upcoming ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers, scheduled for the 28-29 April in Dakar, Senegal has been endorsed by Member State representatives from the European Union as well as the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group.
The Joint Council of Ministers is the highest decision-making body of the ACP-EU Partnership, which brings together 28 Member States of the European Union and 78 from Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific, under a legally-binding framework outlining parameters for trade, political dialogue and development cooperation between the two groups of countries.
Brussels, 15 February 2016/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes is attending the 27th intersessional meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community CARICOM in Belize on 16-17 February, to facilitate a discussion on the future of the ACP Group of States. Dr. Gomes spoke with the ACP Press Office about the aims of his mission in Belize and the issues to be covered when meeting with regional leaders.
Brussels, 13 February 2016/ ACP/ FAO/ OIF: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), have wrapped up a symposium pledging to build new partnerships to empower women and youth.
Brussels, 29 January 2016/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes will engage a number of African leaders this weekend to apprise them of the upcoming 8th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government to be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 31 May – 1 June 2016.
Statement by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States following the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Burkina Faso
Statement by the Hon. Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados and Spokesperson for the ACP Group of States at the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO, 16 December 2015, Nairobi
[Delivered during the plenary session of the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO, held 15-18 December 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya].