Statement by the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes delivered on behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, at the 14th session of the Conference of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIV), 21 July 2016, Nairobi, KENYA
Brussels, 20 July 2016/ EC: The European Commission announced the results of its evaluation of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), and report on the good progress being made towards the main objectives of the partnership between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States.
Rome, 18 July 2016/ ACP-EU JPA: The Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly undertook a fact-finding mission to Rome and Lampedusa from 13 to 15 July 2016. The purpose of the mission was to look at how the Italian authorities and other agencies are addressing the influx of migrants and refugees into Italy through Lampedusa, to assess the living conditions, including respect for human rights of migrants and their possibilities of finding decent life in Europe through relocation processes.
Brussels, 11 July 2016/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) today agreed to embark on concrete joint initiatives to foster South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation amongst their mutual constituencies.
The ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes and the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for South-South Cooperation and UNOSSC Director Mr. Jorge Chediek signed an exchange of letters at the ACP headquarters in Brussels.
The agreement outlined the key areas of cooperation, including
Joint conference zooms in on lessons, best practices in ACP-EU higher education, research programmes
Brussels, 6 July 2016/ ACP: A Joint Stakeholders’ Conference held on 5-6 July at ACP House gathered beneficiaries and stakeholders of three Intra-ACP flagship programmes in the higher education, science and technology and research sectors, under the ACP-EU partnership.
Brussels, 5 July 2016/ ACP: The recently held Brussels Briefing, No. 44 addressed promoting responsible value chains and sustainable sourcing through fair trade in the agricultural sector. It highlighted the problems that currently make value chains unsustainable, particularly at the farmers' level. It also presented successful examples of how fair trade is promoting sustainable sourcing.
Brussels, 1 July 2016/ UNIDO/ ACP: The United Nations Industrial development (UNIDO) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development will work closely to help the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) develop their capacity to add value to their agricultural production in order to create more jobs.
Brussels 30 June 2016/ ACP: The issue of migration took centre stage as part of the 10th edition of the European Development Days (EDD16) on June 15-16 in Brussels, in a debate session co-organised by the ACP Secretariat and the African Diaspora Network platform in Europe (ADNE) that scrutinised the EU’s migration policy, security issues, "success stories" of North-South migration, as well as new measures to build new partnerships that benefit all.
More coherence needed between migration and development policies