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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EU provides €40 million to boost sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

Oslo, 23 October 2019/ACP/EU/FAO: Today the EU, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) signed a €40 million, five-year programme to boost the development of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. 
 
FISH4ACP is an innovative EU-funded programme, devised with the ACP, to be implemented by FAO. It will invest in value chains to stimulate inclusive growth, bolster food security and minimise impacts on the marine environment.
 

Next Brussels Briefing n.58 “Africa’s Agriculture Trade in a changing environment”

Brussels, 21 October 2019/ACP/: The next Brussels Development Briefing n. 58 on “Africa’s Agriculture Trade in a changing environment” organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, the ACP Secretariat, IFPRI, Concord and BMZ/GIZ will be held on Wednesday 23 October 2019 (9h00-13h00) at Hotel Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels.
 

ACP-EU Culture Programme launched during 5th ACP Ministers of Culture Meeting in Niger

Niamey, 18 October 2019: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, in partnership with the European Commission (EC), launched a new Programme to support the cultural sector, ACP-EU Culture.

Themed, "Towards a sustainable cultural industry", the programme was officially launched and presented by H.E. Léonard-Emile Ognimba, Deputy Secretary-General of the ACP Group, at the 5th meeting of ACP Ministers of Culture, which was held in in Niamey, Niger from 19 - 20 October 2019.

World Food Day 2019

Brussels, 16 October 2019/ACP/FAO: The ACP Secretariat is joining today with the FAO to observe the World Food Day 2019 with the aim to step up actions to end hunger and malnutrition in all its forms possible by 2030.
 

EU provides extra €9 million to support FAO's work promoting nature-friendly agricultural practices in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

Rome, 14 October 2019/ACP/EU/FAO: European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, and Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Qu Dongyu, today signed a new agreement which will see the EU provide an additional €9 million to support the UN agency's work in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
 
In particular, the funding will boost the efforts of countries in the targeted regions to bring about sustainable changes in agricultural policies and practices to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and natural resources.
 

Congratulatory Statement by the ACP Secretary General, H.E. Dr Patrick I. Gomes to Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia on Being Awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

Brussels, 11 October 2019/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States on behalf of the ACP Group of States and the Secretariat, proudly salutes this great achievement of our dearly admired and courageous, Honourable Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for the outstanding contribution he has made to the cause of peace, freedom and justice for the people of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan.

Fresh EUR 50 million boost for research and innovation in the ACP countries

Science, technology and innovation (STI) are increasingly recognised as key drivers of sustainable and inclusive development across the world. Moreover, STI are vital to help achieve the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals and provide solutions to pressing societal and economic challenges.

It is against this shared understanding that the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States  and the European Union (EU) have agreed to launch the ACP Innovation Fund, a substantial effort to boost and optimise STI capacities in the countries concerned.

New Africa-Caribbean-Pacific/European Union Partnership: Chief negotiators agree on economic priorities for future agreement

New York, 28 September 2019/ACP/EU: Meeting in New York today in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, the chief negotiators Commissioner Mimica and Togolese Minister Robert Dussey further specified the economic framework of future relations between African, Caribbean and Pacific countries with the European Union after 2020.
 


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