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Opening remarks by the Secretary General on the occasion of the celebration of Women’s Day 2017

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.

Oceans Forum on trade-related aspects of Sustainable Development Goal 14

In preparation for the high-level United Nations Oceans Conference, an oceans forum co-organized by UNCTAD, FAO, the ACP Secretariat, COMSEC and International Ocean Institute (IOI) is  to be held from 21 - 22 March 2017,  Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.  The Forum shall be preceded by a briefing session on the Fisheries Regulatory Framework at the Multilateral Level scheduled for the 20 March 2017.

More information

Briefing session:  http://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=1297

Oceans Forum: http://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=1299

Visit by the Honourable Dr Walter Mzembi to ACP House

The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr Walter Mzembi, who is also the African Union- endorsed candidate for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), met with the Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries. Dr Patrick I Gomes, at the ACP’s Brussels Headquarters on 20 February, 2017.


 

Statement made on behalf of the ACP Secretary General at the 15th OCT-EU Forum, Orangestad, Aruba, 24-02-17

Mr. Mike Eman, Chairman of OCTA and Premier of Aruba, 
Excellency, Mr. Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development,
Excellencies, Members of the European Parliament,
Chairman of the Conference of the President of the Outermost Regions,
Distinguished participants,
Ladies and Gentlemen

It is with great pleasure and honour that, upon your kind and appreciated invitation, I am here today on behalf of the 79 member states of the ACP Group, to share with you some thoughts at this important 15th OCT-EU Forum gathered here in this beautiful island of Aruba.

Brussels Policy Briefing n. 47 - Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities

Organised by CTA, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission (DG DEVCO), Concord and IFPRI
3rd February 2017, 09h00 to 13h00, ACP Secretariat, (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels) http://brusselsbriefings.net -  Background info.

Statement by the ACP Group on the suicide attack that took place on 18th January 2017 in Gao, Mali

The ACP Group of States has learnt with deep shock and sadness of the suicide attack that occurred on 18th January 2017 at an army Camp in Gao, Northern part of Mali.

The ACP Group of States expresses heartfelt condolences to the Government and People of Mali particularly to the families of the victims of the suicide bomb explosion.

The ACP Group of States condemns this heinous act of terror that has led to 60 deaths and 115 injured, with the strongest possible terms. The ACP Group of States stands with the People of Mali in solidarity and confirms its strong will to support Mali in its efforts to sustain peace and counter terrorism.

Results and prospects in the ACP-EU support to ACP cultural industries

After a year full of varied accomplishments and achievements, on behalf of the Department of Political Affairs and Human Development, I would like to wish everyone an excellent 2017.

A 2017 New Year’s Message from Dr. P.I Gomes, Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States

                                  “ACP Secretary-General salutes Global Climate Alliance

In extending New Year Greetings to our 79 Member States of the African, Caribbean & Pacific (ACP) Group, may I once again reiterate the deep appreciation of the ACP’s Secretariat to our Presidents and Prime Ministers, the Council of Ministers, Senior Officials, Continental and Regional organisations, development partners, civil society and private sector organisations that contributed so significantly to the main achievements of the ACP Family in 2016.

The ACP calls on President Yahya Jammeh to respect the will of the Gambian people

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States is following keenly the political developments in the Gambia following Presidential elections held on 1st December 2016 that led to the election of President Elect Adama Barrow.

Concerned at the volte – face by President Yahya Jammeh, the ACP calls for respect of the will of the Gambian people as expressed by the election results and the need for a peaceful and orderly transfer of power to the President elect.

The ACP Group of States seizes this opportunity to support all efforts by the International Community and Regional Organisations, in particular ECOWAS, to ensure smooth and peaceful transfer of power to President elect Adama Barrow on 19th January 2017

The ACP congratulates the people of Ghana on its recent Presidential and parliamentary elections

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States congratulates the people of Ghana for a smooth, peaceful and successful, organization of the Presidential and parliamentary elections held on the 7th December 2016.

The ACP Congratulates President Elect Nana Akufo-Addo for his election and accession to the Presidency of the Republic of Ghana. The ACP commends President John Dramani Mahama for the graceful acceptance of the results of the elections.

The ACP Group stands committed to promoting peace, good governance and democracy in ACP states and applauds the people of Ghana for affirming the strength of Ghana’s democracy through this election.


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