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European Parliament calls for major reforms in ACP-EU relations after 2020

Brussels, 4 October 2016/ European Parliament Press Release: The Cotonou Agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the EU needs to be reformed in order to improve its effectiveness, MEPs said in a resolution adopted Tuesday. They call for a new legally binding framework that focuses on global development goals, human rights and enhances regional cooperation.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: ACP Secretary General with President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Peter Thomson of Fiji

New York, 23 September 2016/ ACP: The ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes paid a courtesy call to the President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly H.E. Peter Thomson, Ambassador of Fiji, while in New York for the meetings of the UNGA.

The Secretary General welcomed Fiji's election to the seat, this being the first time for a Pacific Island country to hold the presidency.

St. Kitts and Nevis presides over ACP Committee of Ambassadors as new Chair

Brussels, 21 September 2016/ ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors, one of the most active decision-making organs of the ACP Group, will be chaired by the Ambassador of the Eastern Caribbean States (including St. Kitts and Nevis), H.E. Dr. Len Ishmael for the period 1 August 2016 – 31 January 2017.

Ambassador Ishmael made her inaugural address last Thursday 15 September as Chairperson of the body, which comprises of plenipotentiaries from 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

ACP Group condemns violence in DRC, calls for restraint

Brussels, 21 September 2016/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States express deep concern at the violent clashes that erupted in Kinshasa on 19th September 2016 that claimed lives of security personnel and protestors.
 
The ACP Group condemns these acts of violence and calls for all parties involved to exercise restraint and urges them to take measures to calm the situation in order to stop further violence that could aggravate the situation. 
 

ACP Secretary-General stresses root causes of migration at UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

New York, 21 September/ ACP: The ACP Secretary-General H.E. Dr Patrick Gomes delivered a statement at the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York on Monday, calling for international solidarity to address the drivers of migration, whether political, economic, social or environmental.

Brussels Development Briefing n.46: Agribusiness development in SIDs: the potential of tourism-related markets

Brussels, 21 September 2016/ CTA/ ACP: A policy briefing kicks off today focusing on innovative opportunities for food tourism and the link between sustainable tourism, agriculture and cuisine in small island states.

This Briefing will be held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 21st September 2016 at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels), organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, CONCORD and the ACP Secretariat.

ACP-EU JPA Co-Presidents call for calm to resolve the crisis through dialogue and with respect for the Constitution

Brussels, 20 September 2016/ ACP: The Co-Presidents of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Mr Louis Michel and Mr Netty Baldeh, express their deepest concern about the situation prevailing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 19 September 2016, the date of the convening of the electorate under Article 90 of the Constitution.
 

New Ambassadors of Guyana, Timor Leste join ACP Committee

Brussels, 15 September 2016/ ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors recently welcomed new envoys from the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (on 15 September) and the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste (on 30 June), who were presented to their peers at the ACP House in Brussels.  

Three more countries sign Joint Undertaking to foster enabling trade environment amongst ACP states

Brussels, 15 September 2016/ ACP: The Kingdom of Swaziland joined the growing number of ACP countries party to the Joint Undertaking on Administrative Cooperation for the Implementation of Cumulation Provisions contained in the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA).

During a special ceremony at the ACP House last week, the Ambassador of Swaziland H. E. Mr. Joel M. Nhleko (pictured left) signed the agreement, which allows the implementation of cumulation provisions amongst countries that have signed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the EU.

ACP statement on the situation in Gabon

Brussels, 2 September 2016/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States expresses grave concern at the violence which has erupted following the release of the results of the presidential election, which took place in Gabon on 27 August 2016, and which has led to the loss of lives, injuries, and considerable destruction of property.

The ACP Group of States views these developments with particular concern as they could have serious humanitarian consequences and a significant impact on the countries of the region. 


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