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Sunday, 29 November 2015

30 November - 11 December (Paris): COP21 – 21st sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

ACP Secretariat

3 December: Bureau of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
4 December: 40th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly

Council of the EU

30 November: Competitiveness Council
3-4 December: Justice and Home Affairs Council

European Parliament

30 November- 1 December: European Parliament Committee Meetings
2 December: European Parliament plenary session
3 December: European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Commission

30 November: Opportunities for industrial modernisation in the European investment plan
1-2 December: EU agricultural outlook conference
2 December: Conference on the digital transformation of industries and enterprises
2 December: Dealing with excessive corporate indebtedness
3 December (Seville): Towards a model of sustainable construction and energy efficient buildings


2 December: How does biodiversity pay its way? Nature conservation and development in Uganda and Vietnam

European Economic and Social Committee

30 November: The new energy market design: Fit for the future?

Committee of the Regions

2 December: Connecting Europe's regions and cities

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Developing agribusiness to advance African agriculture will be the topic of the 3rd PAFO Continental Briefing that CTA is organising with the Panafrican Farmers’ Organization (PAFO), part of an annual series of Briefings addressing the most pertinent issues for African farmers. The briefing will take place in Durban, South Africa, from 28−29 November 2015, in the context of the inaugural Africa edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), which takes place from 1−2 December 2015. “Africa must take ownership of its agriculture,” argued PAFO President Dr Theo de Jager at COP 20, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Peru in 2014. This means that  in order to feed itself, Africa must transform its agriculture and agro-industry, a development challenge that depends on small-scale farmers as the primary investors in African agriculture.

The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

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EU signs program to provide support in the areas of human and social development, environment and climate change, private sector development and peace and security across African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Today (26 November), European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and the President of the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, Mrs. Mpeo Mahase-Moiloa, signed off on €3.6 billion to finance the intra-ACP program, under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) (the EU's financial instrument for ACP countries).

The African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group says it wants a "legally binding agreement" to be adopted when the global community meets in Paris later this month for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21). ACP Secretary General Dr Patrick Gomes will be heading a delegation to the November 30 to December 11 conference and, according to a document released here, the ACP states that "the adverse impact of climate change remains the single greatest challenge to the sustainable livelihoods, security and well-being of our people.

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