Excellencies, Distinguished invited guests, Ladies and gentlemen
It is indeed an honour for me this afternooon, to be granted this opportunity to provide a few opening remarks on our theme for this afternoon, SHE INSPIRES, as we pay homage to International Women’s Day (8th March, 2017), and the inspirational role of the women in our ACP countries and in the diaspora.
Instead of speaking on behalf of ACP women, the ACP Secretariat consulted the ACP Civil Society Forum Network, (first conceptualised in 1997; first meeting 5th July, 2001), in order to receive their inputs on how best to strengthen and foster a more visible generation of inspirational women throughout our ACP regions.
Statement by the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes delivered on behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, at the 14th session of the Conference of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIV), 21 July 2016, Nairobi, KENYA
Statement by the Secretary General at the 41st session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, 16 March 2016, Brussels
Statement by the Secretary General at the 40th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, 4 December 2015, Brussels
Let me first of all welcome you once again to ACP House for another series of engagements in your role as legislative collaborators for intra-ACP and ACP-EU relations. I take this opportunity to offer my apologies for not being personally present at the last session of your Assembly. As was explained, I had to leave earlier to represent the ACP Group at the UN Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals held in New York from 25 to 27 September 2015.
I am reliably informed however of the fruitfulness of the discussions that took place at your 39th Session.
Statement by the Secretary General at the Opening of the 102nd session of the ACP Council of Ministers, Brussels, 24 November 2015
The Right Honourable Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Ratu Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
Honourable Dr. Mamphono Kakhetla, Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of Lesotho, and President of the 102nd Council Session,
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
May I begin by expressing how deeply honoured I am to welcome you to the ACP House for the 102nd Council Session. A special welcome to the Right Honourable Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Ratu Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, whose presence with us today signals the high esteem the Government and people of Fiji accords the ACP Group.
Honourable Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcoming remarks of the ACP Secretary General at the Preparatory Meeting for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), 28 October 2015, Brussels
Statement by the ACP Secretary General at the 43rd Brussels Development Briefing on Emerging Donors and Rising Powers in Agriculture in ACP countries, 27 October 2015, Brussels
Good morning: May I begin by conveying my apologies for not being able to be with you yesterday given the demand to be in Luxembourg with the EU’s Court of Auditors, the current EU’s presidency of Luxembourg and the Commissioner of International and Development Cooperation.