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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ACP Group and Interpol strengthen cooperation

Brussels, 19 July 2019/ACP:  The special representative of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to the European Union, Mr. Pierre St. Hilaire, visited the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes and the ACP Committee of Ambassadors on Thursday 18 July 2019 at ACP House, Brussels, to strengthen the cooperation between the two organizations.

World Heritage Committee Stresses Need to Enhance and Preserve African Heritage

Brussels, 17 July 2019/ACP: The World Heritage Committee has inscribed a total of 29 new sites on the World Heritage List – one in Africa, two in the Arab States, ten in the Asia Pacific region, 15 in Europe and North America and one in Latin America. The List now features 1,121 sites in 167 countries.
 

Accelerating progress on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States

Brussels 17 July 2019/ACP:  Presentation by Dr. Patrick Gomes Secretary General of the ACP Group of States at the FAO High Level side-event on “Accelerating Progress on the SDGs through the Implementation of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)” during the High level Political Forum of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 15 July 2019, New York.

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Key lessons, good practices captured at EU, ACP migration programme close

Brussels – Deepened engagement between national and regional authorities on migration in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries emerged as one of the most promising practices in the concluding analysis of a five-year, intra-ACP initiative funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
 

ACP working visit to Central African Republic

Brussels 15 July 2019/ACP: The Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, Dr. Patrick Gomes, was in Bangui, Central African Republic, from 2 to 5 July 2019, at the invitation of the Government, for a working visit. He was accompanied by Ambassador Léonard Emile Ognimba, Assistant Secretary-General in charge of the Department of Political Affairs and Human Development.

Post-Cotonou Agreement: “The ACP Group could be the OECD of the countries of the global South”

Brussels, 11 July 2019/ACP: While the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union (EU) are negotiating the new version of the Cotonou Agreement, Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General, is calling for greater balance in this partnership. 
 

ACP concerned about non-tariff barriers on agri products by EU

GENEVA, Switzerland, 11 July 2019 (CMC): The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group is warning of “grave implications” for its members as it expressed concern at the “arbitrary adoption” of measures by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that negatively affect developing countries and go against the principles of facilitating development through trade.

ACP Group's response to recently concluded Free Trade Agreement between EU and Mercosur

Brussels, 1st July 2019

 

The EU and Mercosur announced the conclusion of a free trade agreement on 28 June 2019, twenty years in the making, now subject to "legal scrubbing" and possibly minor adjustments.

The ACP Group deeply regrets that it was not consulted fully on the context and content of this Free Trade Agreement as per Article 12 of the Cotonou Agreement. 

Revolutionizing economic diversification and empowerment through inclusive and sustainable aid for trade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next Global Review of Aid for Trade will take place at the WTO under the theme “Supporting Economic Diversification and Empowerment for Inclusive, Sustainable Development through Aid for Trade”. The Event will take place at the WTO headquarters in Geneva from 3 to 5 July 2019.

Biopama launches the first call for proposals for medium grants

On 24 June 2019, BIOPAMA launched the first call for proposals for medium grants (up to € 400 000) in the frame of its "Action component", which provides funding opportunities to address protected and conserved areas, sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resource priorities for actions on the ground in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).

By adopting a landscape approach, these actions will also contribute to enhancing local livelihoods through sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystem services as well as increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change.


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