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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.



Be part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific experience at the 2019 EDD

At this year’s edition of the European Development Days, the ACP Secretariat will participate and organize several activities during the two-day event at the ACP Lounge. 
The theme for the ACP Group this Year is “African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States - Stronger together / South-South and triangular cooperation to achieve sustainable development, reduce inequality and vulnerability due to climate change”.

Statement by the ACP Secretary General on the Situation in Sudan

Brussels 12 June 2019/ACP: On behalf of the African, Carribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the ACP Secretariat, the Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Gomes, expresses his deep concern about the violence in Sudan that has led to loss of lives. He recalls the need for the parties to take responsability for the safety and security of the citizens of Sudan.

The Secretary General urges all parties to refrain from any further action that could exacerbate the situation. He calls on them to pursue peaceful dialogue that provides an environment that meets the aspirations of the people of Sudan.

79-Nation ACP Moving into a New Era of Global Partnerships

Brussels 11 June 2019/ACP: To bring "Asia and the Americas into closer bonds of friendship" with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and "strengthen South-South solidarity", Secretary-General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes is keen to "build bridges with India on technical cooperation" and initiate a "new partnership" with Peru. He was speaking at the 'ACP Day' celebrations.

Statement by the ACP Secretary General on the Occasion of ACP Day 2019

On the occasion of the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Georgetown Agreement, the document that established the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, we celebrate the unity and solidarity with all our member states and long-standing partners while at the same time looking forward to new partnerships.  

ACP Day 2019 Celebration

Brussels, 03 June 2019/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States will celebrate the ACP Day 2019 on Friday 7 June under the theme “The ACP Group – Deepening and Diversifying Partnerships”.
A stimulating event is to be held at the headquarters of the ACP Group of States in Brussels, with panel discussions, art and photo exhibitions, and cultural festivities featuring culinary specialties and musical performances from ACP regions.

44th Session of the ACP-EU Council of ministers

Brussels 28 May 2019/ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) - EU Council of ministers met for its annual meeting on 23-24 May. It discussed the implementation of the ACP-EU partnership agreement, known as the Cotonou agreement.
The Council adopted a decision to delegate its powers to the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors to adopt transitional measures until a new ACP-EU Partnership Agreement comes into force. This may be necessary in case a new agreement is not reached by the expiry date of the current legal framework (20 February 2020).

Media Briefing by H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes ACP Secretary General and H.E Minister Nandcoomar Bodha of Mauritius

Media Briefing by H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes ACP Secretary General and H.E Mr. Nandcoomar Bodha Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport & Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius at the 109th session of the ACP Council of Ministers, ACP House, Wednesday 22nd May 2019.

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“Joint Engagements Lead To Innovations”: Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) - Press Conference

Nairobi, Kenya 27 May 2019/ACP: Within the framework of the first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly, which will be held from 27-31 May 2019, at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi under the special theme “Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities”, the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) invites the national and international press for a press briefing on Tuesday, 28th, from 15:00-15:45, Press Conference Room at the UN-Complex.
Since its 10th anniversary, the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), a tripartite
initiative of UN-Habitat, the European Commission and the Group of African, Caribbean and

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