ACP-EU JPA: “Democracy is the best way to guarantee peace”

St. Julian's, Malta, 19 June 2017/ACP-EU JPA/EP: “Democracy is the best way to reach sustainable development”, said co-president Louis Michel of ACP-EU JPA during the opening of the 33rd session in Malta on Monday.
The 33rd session of the joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), bringing together states in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) and the European Union (EU) was opened on Monday in Saint Julian’s (Malta) by Malta President Marie-Louise Coleiro, accompanied by House of Representatives Speaker Angelo Farrugia.

ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly to vote resolutions on Sahelo-Saharan security situation, Burundi

St.Julian's, Malta, 19 June 2017/ EP/ ACP-EU JPA: The 33rd plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) will take place in St. Julian’s, Malta, from 19 to 21 June 2017. The session will be opened formally by its Co-Presidents, including Louis Michel for the European Parliament, Hon. Mémounatou Ibrahima of Togo for the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Angelo Farrugia.

Statement by the Secretary General at the 46th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, 16 June 2017, St. Julian's, MALTA

(Photo: At the opening of the 46th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly from left to right - ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes, ACP Assistant Secretary General in charge of Political Affairs and Human Development Amb. Léonard Emile Ognimba, Acting Co- President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and 2nd Vice President of the National Assembly of Togo Hon. Mémounatou Ibrahima and the Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, the Ambassador of Ethiopia H.E. Mr. Teshome Toga Chanaka.)

New ACP policy targets transformation of agricultural commodities sector

Brussels, 15 June 2017/ ACP: A new policy approach to commodities is expected to focus efforts by the ACP Secretariat and its partners, in order to reap maximum impact in the transformation of the agricultural commodities sector in ACP regions.

ACP, EU and UNISDR Commit to Reducing Risk of Disasters

Brussels, 15 June 2017/ ACP/ UNISDR: The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, whose 79 members include some of the most disaster-prone and climate-vulnerable nations in the world, have prioritised the power of international cooperation to reduce the impact of natural hazards.

Increasing ACP farmers’ income through targeted support

Brussels, 15 June 2017/ ACP: Success stories of the ACP Commodities Programme launched in 2015/2016 were showcased in a special information session held yesterday on 12 June 2017 at the ACP Secretariat, highlighting best practices and opportunies for farmers and villages to improve productivity, income and skills.

Leaders deliver strong messages on ACP solidarity in preparation for new relations with EU

Brussels, 9 June 2017/ ACP: The Heads of State of Senegal and Guyana have lent a boost to ongoing efforts to rally African, Caribbean and Pacific countries together to ensure they speak in one coherent voice, as they prepare to negotiate a future partnership agreement with the European Union.

Joint Communiqué: World Reconstruction Conference 3, 6-8 June 2017, Brussels

Brussels, 8 June 2017/ EC/ WB/ UNDP/ ACP: More than 800 participants from civil society, national and local governments, academia, the private sector and international organisations from around the world gathered in Brussels from 6-8 June 2017 for the Third Edition of the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3).

US$12 million in loans to support thousands of small businesses quarrying ‘Development Minerals’ in Africa

Brussels, 8 June 2017/ ACP-EU DevMin/ ACP: Five thousand micro, small and medium scale ‘Development Minerals’ operators will now have access to more affordable finance as a result of a partnership between the African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Ltd (AGF), the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Welcome remarks by the Secretary-General H.E. Dr. Patrick I Gomes at the ACP side event at the UN Ocean Conference, 6 June 2017, New York

Theme: Harnessing the Blue Economy to Increase Economic Benefits for SIDS and LDCs

I would like to warmly welcome all of you and thank you for finding time to participate at our side event on harnessing the blue economy to increase economic benefits for SIDS and LDCs. I wish also, at the very outset, thank our partners, the Government of Seychelles and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, for their invaluable support in co-organizing this event. The ACP Secretariat is only too happy to join forces to host this event.

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