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.






Applications for the posts of Assistant Secretaries-General at the ACP Secretariat

Grants awarded under the EuropeAid call for proposals EuropeAid/164206/IH/ACT/Multi publié le 17.04.2019

Supporting the cultural and creative sectors in the ACP countries – Q&A #2 – 12/01/2020

Vacancy: Head of Conference Services

Vacancy: Conference Messenger

Calls for Proposals and Tenders - ACP EU Culture Supporting the Cultural and Creative Sectors in ACP Countries

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

Seeking partnership under ACP Innovation Fund?

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


Statement by H.E. Dr. Kaire Mbuende, Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia and Chair of ACP Committee of Ambassadors at the 25th Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide.

Printer-friendly versionPDF version
H.E. Mr. Amandin Rugira, Ambassador of Rwanda,
H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes, ACP Secretary-General,
Excellences Ambassadors of ACP States to Brussels,
Representatives of ACP Regional and Continental Organisations,
Distinguished invited guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am humbled by the honour of making a Statement on behalf of the ACP Group pursuant to the decision of the 79th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers in 2004 for the Group to annually commemorate 7 April in honor and memory of all those who lost their lives in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, and indeed to ensure that we remain vigilant not to allow that to happen again.
The intentional and systematic slaughter of human beings by fellow human beings with the aim of annihilation of a population group as happened in Rwanda is beyond imagination. The intensity and cruelty with which the genocide was executed set it apart from other similar experiences. It was carried out using traditional or primitive weapons, machetes, and therefore at close range. It was carried out within a short period of 100 days leaving 800, 000 people dead according to UN estimates. This was indeed a dehumanizing process that did not only dehumanize the victims but also the perpetrators.  The victims were robbed of their human dignity and the perpetrators assumed a sub-human existence without conscience. The Government and the people of Rwanda were therefore left with a humanization mission.
The genocide in Rwanda is a serious indictment on the United Nations and humanity at large as the world body failed to intervene notwithstanding the existence of instruments such as the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. What is the value of good values if they cannot safe human life? It is therefore important to strengthen genocide prevention mechanisms, emphasizing the role that various governments, parliaments, international organizations and civil society can play in the prevention of genocide and their contribution to the efficiency of human rights protection, the strength of the culture of tolerance and non-discrimination.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
The seeds of genocides are to be found in a host of phenomena including, the lack of respect for the sanctity of life, racial, ethnic, cultural and religious intolerance; the absence of a culture of tolerance to deal with differences of opinions and the ability to resolve differences peacefully. 
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen
It is gratifying to note that this annual commemoration is not only about the tragic events that took place in 1994 but also the spirit of resilience and reconciliation. It is the triumph of the human spirit against all odds that put the people of Rwanda on the path to progress in less than 25 years after the genocide. The survivors some of who are here among us have demonstrated unfathomable courage and capacity for forgiveness and reconciliation. They deserve our honor and support and pledge never to allow genocide to take place again in any part of the world.
In conclusion, special tribute should go the Government of Rwanda that has fashion a unified and rapidly progressing nation from the ashes of genocide that stands tall in the community of nations. 
I thank you!

Avenue Georges Henri 451
B - 1200 Bruxelles - Brussels
Belgique - Belgium
email : info@acp.int
Tel: +32 2 743 06 00
Fax: +32 2 735 55 73
see map/voir plan

ACP Events
« February 2020 »
ACP Public Documents

The ACP Group is a registered trademark. The ACP logo and material on this site are protected by copyright laws and international treaty provisions. Unauthorised use of the ACP logo or copyright material without written permission is punishable by law.