Update on Negotiations

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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Works Contract Notice - Extensive Renovation Works of the ACP Building, Brussels, Belgium

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Call for Proposals for ACP Innovation Fund, Ref: EuropeAid/166663/IH/ACT/Multi

Nominations are open for the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence - 2019 Edition 

Call for Proposals of the ACP Digital Financial Services

SHORT-LIST SELECTED: Technical Assistance to the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States for the Management of the ACP-EU Programme to Strengthen Research and Innovation Capacity in ACP Countries

Call for proposals: ACP EU CULTURE "Support for ACP audiovisual co-production”

Contract Notice of the  Call for Tenders for the Technical Assistance to the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States for the Management of the ACP-EU Programme to strengthen Research and Innovation capacity in ACP countries.

Décision d'attribution: Assistance technique au Secrétariat ACP pour la gestion du programme ACP-UE Culture

Service Contract Award Notice: Technical Assistance for a complete Architecture & Engineering Mission and Project Management Services for the extensive renovation of the ACP Building, Brussels

SHORT-LIST SELECTED: ACP-EU PSD Knowledge Management Technical Support Function / Light PSD Structure TSF, Budget 6,000,000 EUR


Over half of UN Member States adopt a Joint Declaration on the 2030 Agenda and implementing the SDGs

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New York, 24 September 2019: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union will issue a joint declaration in support of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 24th September on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

ACP and EU countries combined account for more than half of the UN membership and unite over 1.5 billion people, so the joint declaration carries significant weight in terms of demonstrating a commitment to Agenda 2030. As stated last year, at the beginning of the negotiations for the new Partnership Agreement, the ACP-EU partnership “seeks closer political cooperation on the world stage to tackle major global challenges, aiming to be a shining example of multilateralism as the cornerstone of a rule-based world order. In concrete terms, this will notably mean working jointly towards the Sustainable Development Goals.” Representatives from the three ACP regions will speak at the high-level event as well as Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and ACP Secretary General, H.E. Patrick I. Gomes.

The ACP will also host a joint side event with the European Commission (EC) and the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS). The Side Event, themed, “ACP Countries leading by example: Supporting 1.5 to Stay Alive”, is intended to share and exchange information on efforts undertaken at national levels to enhance Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), taking into account the special Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report on limiting global warming to 1.50C by 2020. The event is also organized to identify the financial, technological and capacity building resources needed to contribute to the implementation of NDCs and identify gaps, needs and possible areas of support needed to update and/or revise the NDCs.

With respect to the ongoing post-Cotonou negotiations which began in the margins of the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) in New York a year ago in 2018, the ACP and EU groups will again meet to advance the negotiations, which are expected to be concluded in 2020. The ACP will hold a meeting of the 6th ACP Ministerial Central Negotiating Group, which will be followed by a joint meeting of the Chief Negotiators. Neven Mimica is the Chief Negotiator on the EU side, and Professor Robert Dussey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Togo, is the Chief Negotiator for the ACP Group.


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