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Sunday, 23 October 2016

The EU-Caribbean Sustainable Energy Conference, a joint event between the EU and CARIFORUM, held on 10/11 October in Barbados, was a remarkable success. It brought together over 300 participants, including eight Prime Ministers and Ministers, from more than 50 countries. The conference reflects the commitment of the EU to support the Caribbean to achieve their part of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released an online magazine which highlights results of their development agenda. It captures the contribution the Netherlands has made in 2015 to ban poverty and promote sustainable and inclusive growth around the world through the combined agenda for aid, trade and investment. In 2015, the Food and Nutrition Security program directly affected millions of undernourished people. A similar number was also reached indirectly. The Netherlands wishes to structurally support (cumulatively) 32 million people with their malnutrition between 2016 and 2030 and thereby contribute to Global Goal 2: end hunger and eradicate malnutrition.

Today [17/10/2016] Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, and Cape Verde's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Communities, Mr Luís Felipe Tavares, signed an agreement which will provide €50 million to Cape Verde. The signature took place in the presence of President Jean-Claude Juncker and the President of Cape Verde José Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva. Commissioner Neven Mimica said: "The EU will continue to support Cape Verde's government in tackling their challenges, to reduce poverty, make their economy more competitive and strengthen their relationship with the European Union. We have a special partnership with Cape Verde, which is based on the history of our continued support and on our shared values. T

Following a 2015 global corporate commitment to source seafood from MSC and ASC certified fisheries, IKEA Spain has now made MSC certified Pacifical tuna available for all their customers becoming the first IKEA market to offer 100 percent wild tuna, certified as sustainably caught in the pristine ecosystem of the PNA waters and fully traceable from sea to plate. The decision of IKEA Spain illustrates the company's solid global leadership towards tuna sustainability as well as their support to 8 Pacific economies largely dependent on tuna.

There is strong indication that the European Union will after October 2016, terminate the Temporary Free Market Access it granted Nigeria and other ECOWAS member States to export their products to the Union. This is because of Nigeria’s failure to sign the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)/European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) over the past six years. Investigation by Financial Vanguard reveals that of the sixteen ECOWAS Member countries, twelve have ratified the agreement except Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra-Leone and the Gambia.