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ACP head urges more investment, recognition for ICT sector

Tallinn, Estonia, 31 May 2017/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Dr. Patrick I. Gomes is pushing for more backing from both ACP governments and private sector in promoting Information Communications and Technologies (ICT).

While opening the 2017 Tallinn e-Governance Conference on Tuesday, the Secretary General underscored the role of ICT as a driver of progress and growth for national economies, as well as a booster for the Sustainable Development Goals, by helping to link, monitor and evaluate the SDGs.

Opening remarks by the Secretary General at the Tallinn E-Governance Conference on 30 May 2017, Tallinn, Estonia

It gives me great pleasure to join in welcoming you all, on behalf of the ACP Group of States, to this e-Governance Conference 2017, hosted by the Republic of Estonia. We are grateful for the hospitality accorded to us since our arrival here in the beautiful city of Tallinn. This high-level e-Governance Conference 2017 is a significant occasion, as it provides a unique opportunity for ACP Member States to engage in deliberations and share experiences with the international community on the critical issues pertaining to the embracing of e-Governance for sustainable development in developing countries.

EU and 79 African, Caribbean, Pacific countries in joint push to defend and implement global climate deal

Bonn, 18 May 2017/ DG CLIMA/ ACP: The European Union and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific developing countries, who together make up more than half of the signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, today reaffirmed their strong and steadfast commitment to full implementation of the agreement, urging all partners to keep up the momentum created in 2015.

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Vulnerability in Africa, Caribbean & Pacific countries: Adaptation, Capacity, People (ACP)

Bonn, 17 May 2017/ ACP: The ACP Secretariat is organizing, in partnership with the African Union Commission, a side event in the margins of the Bonn climate Change Conference 8-18 May, which includes the forty-sixth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46) as well as the third part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3), taking place in Bonn, Germany.

Brussels Briefing No.49: Youth in agribusiness – the future of agriculture

Brussels, 16 May 2017/ BB/ CTA/ ACP: This Thursday 18 May, the ACP Secretariat will host more than 150 ACP and EU policymakers, international development practitioners and experts, along with members of civil society, research networks, and the private sector this Thursday for the 49th Brussels Development Briefing (BB49), with a focus on creating jobs and promoting entrepreneurship for youth in Africa.

ACP-EC-UN-Habitat partnership announces USD 11 million for improving life in slums

Nairobi, 10 May 2017/ UNHABITAT/ ACP: A new USD 11 million has been secured for the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme to empower African, Caribbean and Pacific countries transform the living conditions of slum dwellers.

ACP-EU Council of Ministers agree on support for ACP countries hit by external shocks

Brussels, 10 May 2017/ ACP: The ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers agreed at its 42nd session to amend the partnership agreement between the two blocs to allow for more effective support to ACP member states that suffer unexpected external shocks.

DECISIONS, RESOLUTIONS - 105TH SESSION OF THE ACP COUNCIL OF MINISTERS, 3-4 MAY 2017, BRUSSELS

DECISIONS 
 
No. 1 REVIEW OF THE GEORGETOWN AGREEMENT
No. 2 POST-COTONOU AGREEMENT
No. 3 THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN HAITI
 
RESOLUTIONS
 
No. 1 ACP AGRICULTURAL COMMODITY TRADE AND SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
No. 2 ACP-EU ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS (EPAs)
No. 3 SUPPORT FOR ACP MEMBER STATES ON THE UPCOMING UN-WTO AND WHO

ACP Group of States refines its vision for future relations with EU and world

Brussels, 5 May 2017/ ACP: The Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States closed its 105th session with two key decisions that will influence how the bloc of 79 countries will carve out a more effective role in the international arena.

Opening ceremony of the 105th session of the ACP Council of Ministers

Brussels, 3 May 2017/ ACP: The 105th session of the ACP Council of Ministers was opened today in Brussels, gathering high level officials from the 79 member states of the ACP Group to discuss and take decisions on major issues of common concern and interest. 

The 105th session of Council is presided over by the Minister of Finance and Cooperation of Ethiopia Dr. Abraham Tekeste. 

Following opening remarks by the ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes, the President-in-Office of the United Nations General Assembly, Amb. Peter Thomson of Fiji addressed the Council of Ministers as a special invited guest.


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