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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 262]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 262]
Send date: 2011-03-04 17:16:25
Issue #: 78
Content:
Bulletin CTA
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This weblog shares information on key ACP-EU programmes and events
from Brussels relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries.


Date : [DATE]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

Main events in the week
  1. 3rd European Forum on Sustainable Development
  2. Main ACP-EU events in the week 7/3 to 11/3/2011
  3. Our video guest: Sylvie Brunel, Sorbonne
  4. EU Discusses Fishing Quotas
  5. Agriculture : MEPs looked at a contested report
  6. Prime Minister of Togo addresses the ACP Committee of Ambassadors
  7. Raw materials: Towards a global resource war?
  8. Future of the CAP : France finds two new allies
  9. Commissioner Piebalgs in Timor-Leste to sign four strategic programmes
  10. "People want to be able to choose not to eat GMOs"
  11. Council adopts energy strategy priorities
  12. Commission moves to improve supplies on the EU sugar market
  13. Kenya: Germany Pledges Sh17.5 Billion in Aid
  14. When aid comes with strings attached, development unravels
  15. IFAD and Spain strengthen partnership to eradicate rural poverty
  16. Swazi government to continue EPA negotiations with EU
  17. South Africa to sign 1 bln euro development deal with France
  18. What’s Next for DG DEVCO? A Conversation with Fokion Fotiadis
  19. December deadline of Doha round to boost negotiations
  20. Passengers, polluters will pay for green transport, says EU
  21. Commissioner Piebalgs announces new support for culture in ACP countries
  22. Parliament group to dig up raw material issues
  23. Kofi Annan: Africa can feed the world
  24. EU and UNEP announce a forest restoration project in Kenya
  25. Climate change: Piebalgs in Vanuatu to launch €25.4 million worth projects


  1. 3rd European Forum on Sustainable Development
    2011-03-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Environment, Archive, Food Security

    The 3rd European Forum on Sustainable Development  will be held in Palencia, Spain from  29th March-1st April 2011. This forum is an initiative by the European Commission and EU Presidency with the support of France, Germany, Ireland, the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development and CTA. Around 500 experts in rural development form all around the world will be attending. Areas in agricultural cooperation which will be discussed include cover governance, food security and social protection, land issues, Ecologically efficient agricultural systems for smallholder farmers, the role of the private sector and the civil society in rural development, rural financing...
    In the framework of the Forum,  CTA is preparing a side-event under the theme “ICTs Mobilizing Farmers” which will highlight the importance and potential of ICTs in rural communities and agricultural development, presenting testimonials of farmers, ICTs specialists and researchers. The aim is to exemplify the positive contribution of technology in the development of small agricultural clusters; increasing productivity, bringing up-to-date market information and even allowing easier access to finances.

    If you wish to assist to the Forum and event, please contact lopes@cta.int




  2. Main ACP-EU events in the week 7/3 to 11/3/2011
    2011-03-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security

    European Council:
    -11 March: Extraordinary European Council
    -11/12 March: Information meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers
    European Parliament:
    -7-10 March: Plenary Session of the European Parliament
    European Commission:
    -8 March: Weekly college meeting of the European Commission
    ACP Secretariat:
    -10 March: Committee of Ambassadors
    -11 March: Joint ACP-ADB-AUC-UNECA Consultations

    You can also follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.


    Link European Council
    Link European Parliament
    Link European Commission


  3. Our video guest: Sylvie Brunel, Sorbonne
    2011-03-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Environment, Archive, Food Security

    Our guest of the week is Sylvie Brunel, Professor in Sustainable Development at the university Paris IV, Sorbonne. We spoke to her in the margin of a panel debate on "Geopolitics of Food" that the CTA organized in cooperation with DG DEVCO, Concord and the ACP Secretariat on February 2nd in Brussels.


    Link Watch the video
    Link Paris Sorbonne
    Link Sylvie Brunel: Sustainable Development


  4. EU Discusses Fishing Quotas
    2011-03-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    Europe's fishing quotas are designed to protect European waters from over-fishing. They are imperfect instruments, however, and one of their unintended consequences is that they often force fishermen to dump huge amounts of dead, excess fish back into the ocean. On Tuesday, fishery ministers from EU states met to discuss how to end this practice. EU fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki told ministers that they should phase in a total ban on dumping. Currently, about 1 million metric tonnes of fish are estimated to be thrown back each year into the North Sea alone. That, Damanaki told The Guardian before the meeting, amounts to a "nightmare of discards." But when it comes to Europe's Common Fisheries Policy, nothing comes without controversy. And while most fishermen hate having to throw back dead fish because they either exceed their quotas or are the wrong species, fishermen in some parts of Europe fear that a total ban on dumping will damage their livelihood--by, perhaps, limiting their catches even further, or their time spent at sea.

    Source: time.com


    Link Read more
    Link Guardian: Fish discards
    Link Speech by Commissioner Damanaki


  5. Agriculture : MEPs looked at a contested report
    2011-03-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment

    Proposals on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by German MEP Albert Dess meet a strong opposition from all groups. In his report, examined by MEPs of the Agriculture Committee on Monday 28 February, Dess suggests to "ecologise" the future CAP. The report lists eleven objectives, ranging from the reduction of erosions to obligatory rotation of crops, including innovation and the reduction of carbon dioxide. It suggests that member states use its “green catalogue” to further develop programmes to protect natural resources, which, contrary to normal procedures, would be financed entirely from the EU budget. Normally, the part of the CAP devoted to environment comes from both the member states and the EU budget. In the EU jargon, this mechanism is called “modulation”. Since 2007, member states have the right to transfer up to 20% of the CAP funds to programmes in favor of rural development.

    Source: Euractiv.fr


    Link Read more [FR]
    Link Mr Dess' Draft Report
    Link The future of food and farming


  6. Prime Minister of Togo addresses the ACP Committee of Ambassadors
    2011-03-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    The Prime Minister of Togo, Hon Gilbert Houngbo, has become the second ACP leader to address the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Committee of Ambassadors in less than a month. Just two weeks ago, the President of Sierra Leone, H.E Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, addressed the Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels. In welcoming Prime Minister Houngbo, Secretary-General Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas said that the ACP Committee of Ambassadors was honoured to receive him describing him as a statesman who has devoted a substantial part of his career to promoting the cause of development. Dr. Chambas expressed how impressed he was with the Prime Minister’s unfailing commitment to economic and social development and on the improvement of the welfare of the Togolese people. Prime Minister Houngbo outlined the economic, political and social changes that his country intends to undertake. He reiterated the government plans to strengthen what has been achieved on the democratic front and focus considerable efforts on consolidating the structured sectors of its economy. On the ACP, Mr. Houngbo said the ACP Group has a unique characteristic of bringing together the largest number of developing countries in the world in a cooperation context – with the European Union. He, however, cautioned that the ACP-EU partnership is now at the crossroad and has reached a decisive step.

    Source: ACP Secretariat


    Link Read more
    Link The Prime Minister's website
    Link Cotonou Agreement


  7. Raw materials: Towards a global resource war?
    2011-03-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    While Europe tries to ensure undistorted access to raw materials for its industries, commercial conflicts over export restrictions are a growing area of tension in international trade, with developing countries defending their right to curtail global access to their resources in support of domestic economic development. "World history has been influenced by hostile resource wars and much of the European expansion and colonisation of Africa was to control raw materials," said Mogens Peter Carl, former director-general of the European Commission's trade department.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU Raw Materials Strategy
    Link ACP Group: Implications for ACP (Nov 2010)


  8. Future of the CAP : France finds two new allies
    2011-03-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Food Security

    Bruno Le Maire pursues his diplomatic offensive. After his visit in Poland, Hungary, Germany, Italy and Finland, the French agriculture minister received his Portuguese and Romanian counterparts in Paris. Subject of their discussions: the establishment of a new, strong Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from 2014. “France and Romania aim for a strong CAP that is based on two complementary pillars, which would guarantee the continuation of farming activity on European territory,” according to a Franco-Romanian press release. On the other hand, Paris and Lisbon insist on an “equal distribution of CAP funds between the member states”. They speak out in favor of a simple and budget-compatible “greening” of the aid attributed to farmers. Both statements are in favor of a CAP budget that “meets the ambitions” and of a “new regulation of the markets in order to protect farmers from price volatility”. Romania and Portugal also welcome the Franco-German position that has been published in mid-September. Paris and Berlin speak out in favor of a strong CAP and against any renationalization of the aid attributed to farmers.

    Source: Euractiv.fr


    Link Read more
    Link French Ministry for Agriculture
    Link Consequences of the CAP for Africa


  9. Commissioner Piebalgs in Timor-Leste to sign four strategic programmes
    2011-03-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    Timor Leste is one of the "success stories" of development, whose President Ramos Horta received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996. The European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will visit Timor-Leste from 7 until 10 March 2011 to confirm EU support to the country. Together with the Minister of Finance of Timor-Leste, he will sign a package of four strategic programmes for a total amount of €39 million, to support development of the rural areas, governance and the role of civil society. The Commissioner will also meet with the President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ramos-Horta, key government members, the President of the National Parliament, the leaders of the main opposition party, the United Nations representatives and the civil society organisations. The Republic of Timor-Leste is the youngest country in the world since it gained independence in 2002 after a 24-year period of conflict under Indonesian rule. In overall, the country has managed in only a few years since its independence to overcome dramatic challenges, establish good relations with its regional neighbours, build a rather stable democracy, manage its oil/gas revenues prudently and achieve important progress namely as regards poverty reduction, although it is still a fragile state and faced with several difficulties (poverty levels remain very high (40%), mainly in rural areas).

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU relations with Timor-Leste
    Link Commissioner Piebalgs' Website


  10. "People want to be able to choose not to eat GMOs"
    2011-03-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Food Security, Archive

    Europeans will be able to ask their governments to prohibit the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms in their country if a new EU regulation is adopted according to French MEP Corinne Lepage (ALDE). Her draft report (on the Commission's proposal modifying a 2001 Directive) which could allow governments to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs was debated in the Environment Committee on Monday (28 February). You can read an interview with Ms Lepage in following.


    Link Read the interview
    Link Ms Lepage's draft report
    Link Legislative procedure


  11. Council adopts energy strategy priorities
    2011-03-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Archive

    On Monday 28 February, the Council adopted the conclusions for its energy strategy 2011-2020. It reaffirmed the European Council’s conclusions from 4 February (priority for energy efficiency, supply security and an opening towards fossil energy) and defined short, medium and long-term priorities. The Council aims at a “global energy strategy to provide citizens, industry and the economy with reliable, sustainable and affordable energy that also contributes to European competitiveness”. In the short and medium-term the Council calls for a quick implementation of the third legislative package on the internal energy market and on infrastructure improvement (as it is defined in the communication “Energy Infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond”). The Council also highlighted the pivotal role it sees for energy efficiency and urged that a new plan for energy efficiency quickly be elaborated. It also suggested examining possible funding possibilities in order to put the plan into practice.

    Source: actu-environnement.com


    Link Read more
    Link EU ministers against tougher energy targets
    Link Greens: Lack of direction in EU energy policy


  12. Commission moves to improve supplies on the EU sugar market
    2011-03-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Food Security

    A Commission initiative to release 500.000 tonnes of out of quota sugar* onto the EU market has been backed by Member States in the Management Committee yesterday, and the Commission has also made clear its intention to open an import quota for 300.000 tonnes of raw or refined sugar at zero duty in early March. These measures come in response to the current exceptional market circumstances which see the EU sugar market in deficit and world market prices above average EU levels. Licences for the "out of quota" sugar will be released based on weekly applications, but with a 500 €/t penalty applicable if the volumes are not filled. The import quota, open to all third countries ["erga omnes"], will be managed on a monthly basis. The Commission will continue to monitor the EU supply situation and propose additional import quotas later in the marketing year, if appropriate. Speaking after the Management Committee vote, Dacian Cioloș, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, stated: "In a context of high world prices and tight supplies, these measures will help to ease the situation by making more sugar available on the EU market. This move builds on my commitment of October 2010 to take exceptional measures should the market situation make them necessary."

    * This quantity is sugar produced in the EU above the permitted quota amounts, which would otherwise have been kept in store and counted against next year's quotas or, within certain limits set by the Commission, exported onto the world market.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link ACP Sugar
    Link EU Sugar Policy


  13. Kenya: Germany Pledges Sh17.5 Billion in Aid
    2011-03-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Archive, Rural development

    The German government will spend close to Sh17.5 billion on different development projects in Kenya in the next one year. The German ambassador to Kenya Margit Hellwig-Boette said the projects will be initiated through the German Development Corporation. Boette said her government will spend Sh6.2 billion for the development of water projects and another Sh4.4 billion for health schemes. "We have also set aside Sh2.4 billion for agriculture oriented developments and Sh2.5 billion for education," she said. The ambassador said most of the projects will be initiated in Western Kenya due to poor development of the region.

    Source: AllAfrica


    Link Read more
    Link German Embassy in Kenya
    Link Kenyan Environment Ministry


  14. When aid comes with strings attached, development unravels
    2011-03-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    Mali's cotton industry, destroyed by rich countries' subsidies, is the one chance it has to develop. So why are donors insisting on its privatisation? We know that the Malian cotton industry has been systematically undermined by rich countries (and India and China) driving down the international price by subsidising a relatively small number of relatively well-off cotton farmers. And we know that, as a consequence, millions of extremely poor Malians are even poorer. With less money in their pockets, the health and education of their families suffer. And we know that nothing is being done about it. While campaigns are ongoing, and Malian negotiators do their best at the WTO and in Washington and Brussels, the people I spoke to in Mali a couple of weeks ago were resigned to the political reality that little will change in the short- or medium-term. They were sick about it, but had given up being angry. Knowing all this, donors might reasonably be expected to adopt an attitude of humility verging on contrition. Rather than supporting development in Mali, donor countries have, in this instance, directly contributed to the destruction of probably the best chance Mali had to develop, the one industry that really had growth potential. Instead, the very donor governments that continue to undermine Mali's cotton industry are simultaneously telling Malians how to manage what is left of it. Ironically (dependency theorists would not see it as ironic), less money from cotton means more reliance on aid, which means more power for aid donors.

    Source: Guardian


    Link Read more
    Link EU Cotton Programmes in West Africa
    Link CIDSE: Growth and Development


  15. IFAD and Spain strengthen partnership to eradicate rural poverty
    2011-03-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Rural development

    Spain has established a new €300 million fund targeting rural poverty and food security, the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister announced on the occasion of the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) Governing Council. Minister Trinidad Jiménez García-Herrera said the Spanish Food Security Cofinancing Facility Trust Fund will consist of a €285.5 million loan from the Government of Spain combined with a grant of €14.5 million to be committed during the years 2011 and 2012. The loan maturity will be 45 years, including a grace period of five years, with funding to be aligned with the policies and practices of IFAD. “Spain’s contribution will ensure immediate and reliable resources that will enhance IFAD’s ability to reduce rural poverty and create income opportunities for smallholder farmers,” said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD. The Trust Fund will provide additional resources especially for those countries in which there is demand in excess of available IFAD funding and where there is an urgent need for investment in the areas of agriculture and food security. The financial arrangement between IFAD and Spain will be part of a more comprehensive strategic partnership framework and complements the six-year Partnership Agreement signed in November 2007. In recent years, Spanish development cooperation has undergone rapid reforms. The country, which has long been a leader in development efforts in Latin America, expanded its geographic focus to other regions and has increased development funding in an unprecedented manner. Spain’s Master Plan for 2009-2012 explicitly calls for the establishment of strategic agreements with multilateral institutions in a variety of sectors.

    Source: IFAD


    Link Read more
    Link IFAD
    Link EU-ACP Commodities Programme


  16. Swazi government to continue EPA negotiations with EU
    2011-03-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The Swazi government will continue to engage the European Union (EU) with the view to conclude an inclusive economic partnership agreement (EPA). This would address the concerns raised by some members in the African region so that access for the continents’ products to the EU would not be jeopardised. Minister of Finance Majozi Sithole, during presentation of the 2011/12 budget speech in Parliament last Friday, said this was an effort to improve the export base and promote trade with other countries so that the country would participate in regional and international markets. Last month Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Jabulile Mashwama said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was still formulating strategies for African member states for conclusion of the negotiations. She said negotiations were at an advanced stage and ultimately the EPA would be completed.

    Source: Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa


    Link Read more
    Link EU Delegation to Swaziland
    Link EEAS: EU relations with Swaziland


  17. South Africa to sign 1 bln euro development deal with France
    2011-03-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Archive

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will sign a one billion-euro deal with the French Development Agency during a state visit to France that could also touch on a pricey nuclear project, a minister said. The March 2-3 visit, at the invitation of President Nicolas Sarkozy, aims at deepening economic relations with the incoming leader of the G20 group of nations, as wide differences between rich and poor countries could frustrate France's hope of helping stabilise the global economy. "There are several agreements that will be signed during this visit, amongst them would be included the New Partnership Framework document for 2011-2013," Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, told reporters. France has emerged as one of several countries including South Korea whose companies have been courting South Africa as it shops for multi-billion dollar nuclear power plants that could help Africa's largest economy avoid a power crunch. French nuclear company Areva signed an agreement during Sarkozy's 2008 state visit to South Africa to boost nuclear skills development in the only African country with a nuclear power plant. Areva in 2007 also submitted a proposal to South African power utility Eskom to build several nuclear plants in a tender process later scrapped due to its steep cost. "Looking at energy security as one of the agenda points that President Zuma will discuss with President Sarkozy, the answer is yes, but this is not the only issue," Nkoana-Mashabane said.


    Link Read more
    Link French Ministry for Sustainable Development
    Link EEAS: EU-South Africa relations


  18. What’s Next for DG DEVCO? A Conversation with Fokion Fotiadis
    2011-03-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The next few months will be crucial for the nascent EuropeAid Development and Cooperation Directorate-General. Although DG DEVCO has been operational since the start of the year, its setup may not be finalized until April upon a complete merger of the EU’s policymaking and implementation arms, EuropeAid and the Directorate-General for Development. Fokion Fotiadis is at the forefront of this reorganization. The DG DEVCO chief acknowledges that the new agency needs to “get it right from the start” considering the “great complexity” of the process. Aside from fully setting up its structure, DG DEVCO is busy preparing the final draft of a new European Union development policy, based on the response to public consultations on a green paper the European Commission released in November. In this second and final installment of our interview with Fotiadis, the Greek native discusses the immediate priorities of his organization and shares his view about the emerging cooperation between Europe and China to help Africa attain the Millennium Development Goals.

    Source: Devex


    Link Read more
    Link Read the first part of the interview
    Link Commission: DG DEVCO


  19. December deadline of Doha round to boost negotiations
    2011-03-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The conditions have never been better for the conclusion of the Doha round than they are now, said an expert round in Brussels on Thursday. During a lunch conference organized by the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), former WTO and DG Trade officials shared their ideas with an audience of EU officials and lobbyists. Making the end of the year a definite deadline for trade negotiations will increase pressure and prompt an outcome, said Stuart Harbinson, former senior advisor to WTO director general Pascal Lamy. “There is a positive atmosphere in Geneva to get an agreement now”, he said, adding that 2012 and most of 2013 are expected to be “dead” periods in terms of agricultural negotiations. Pressure is high, as the need to legally finalize agreements after they have been made pushes the negotiation deadline forward to July. Former EU ambassador to the US Hugo Paeman referred to the WTO procedure as an important blockage point in the negotiations. As in the GATT which preceded the WTO, trade agreements in the can only be made in a single package without the option of different speeds in sectoral negotiations. As it were, differences in agricultural negotiations in 2008 stalled advances in other sectors where agreement had already been reached. A successful conclusion of the Doha round could thus be achieved by reforming the negotiation modalities, even though speakers acknowledged that a reform would be unlikely to happen before the end of the year. Roderick Abbott, deputy director general of the WTO until 2005, took a more pessimistic stance, saying that differences between the negotiators had not become easier but rather more difficult. Not only do the major trade blocks have differences among each other, interests of developing countries are also widely diverging. If China and the US find a bilateral agreement, countries like Brazil or India should not be expected to accept it without question.

    Source: CTA


    Link ECIPE Working Paper on Doha
    Link EU trade chief warns of lasting damage if Doha fails
    Link CCFD: Food Security and Free Trade [FR]


  20. Passengers, polluters will pay for green transport, says EU
    2011-03-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The European Commission has drawn up a plan to cut planet-warming transport emissions to "at least 60%" of 1990 levels by 2050, but environmentalists say it lacks urgency – and travellers and transport companies alike will foot the bill. A draft copy of the much-anticipated White Paper on Transport, dated 21 February and obtained by EurActiv, flags several measures to raise the €1.8 trillion which the EU says is needed for infrastructure investment in the next 20 years. Another €500 billion will be needed to complete the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). These funds should be raised from diversified public and private sources, and wider application of the 'user pays' and 'polluter pays' principles. "Member states need to ensure that sufficient national funding is available in their budgetary planning," the Commission cautions. But centrally, the paper advises the EU and governments to select policy frameworks "relying to the greatest extent possible on market-based mechanisms". Questions about who should pay most for the electrification of private and public transport, high-speed rail networks and greater use of alternative fuels may prove thorny. "Wider socio-economic benefits and positive externalities justify some level of public funding," the document says, "but in the future, transport users are likely to pay for a higher proportion of the costs than today".

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU: Trans-European Networks
    Link EU: TEN Agency


  21. Commissioner Piebalgs announces new support for culture in ACP countries
    2011-03-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    To coincide with the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), the European Commission is launching the EU-ACP support programme for the ACP cultural sector totalling €30 million. The new programme will ensure that the achievements of the current film and cultural support programmes have a lasting legacy. These programmes have, for instance, made possible the Chad film "Un homme qui crie" by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, and "The last flight of the flamingo" by the Mozambique director, João Ribeiro, which won the award for best feature film at the 3rd International Film Festival of Luanda (Angola). "The dynamism of African cinema, Caribbean music and Pacific artists opens a window onto the reality in these countries. Culture is a vital element in social cohesion and identity. It is also a sector which generates wealth and jobs. My wish is that our support for the cultural sector will contribute to the economic, social and also political development of the ACP countries", said the Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.


    Link Read more
    Link FESPACO
    Link ACP Cultures Website


  22. Parliament group to dig up raw material issues
    2011-03-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    A special group was set up in the European Parliament last month to collect first-hand information on the issues affecting the availability and price of raw materials. Group chair and German MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz told EurActiv about his objectives. Climate change has tended to dominate the global environmental debate for some time now, he said. But he believes that climate change is just the tip of the iceberg, underneath which lies a much bigger problem – raw materials. Whereas the CO2 problem can be solved within 10 to 30 years, "there might not be enough raw materials to build the very highly developed technologies we need to combat climate change, such as electric cars," he warned.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU Raw Materials Strategy
    Link Commission: DG Trade


  23. Kofi Annan: Africa can feed the world
    2011-03-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    At the annual conference of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) that took place in Rome, the former secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, said that Africa could feed the world. Kofi Annan recommended the expansion of basic commodity production.

    Source: Radio France Internationale


    Link Listen to the report [FR]
    Link Report from the IFAD conference
    Link EU-IFAD cooperation


  24. EU and UNEP announce a forest restoration project in Kenya
    2011-02-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Food Security

    The European Union and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have started a project worth two million Euros in order to rehabilitate the north-western part of the biggest water reservoir and forest area “Mau” in Kenya. The project is in line with a strategy of the Kenyan government that wants to restore one of the biggest integral forest areas in sub-Saharan Africa and will help to preserve biodiversity which has an estimated value of $1,5 billion/year for the Kenyan economy. The project, details of which were presented at a forum between UNEP and the environment ministry currently held in Nairobi, will help economic sectors that are dependent on water from the Yala and Nyando rivers. These rivers constitute important fresh water resources and provide water for 5000 hectars of rice cultivation.

    Source: Afrique Avenir


    Link Read more
    Link UNEP Press Release
    Link Commission: Information on Mau forest


  25. Climate change: Piebalgs in Vanuatu to launch €25.4 million worth projects
    2011-02-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Between 3 and 4 March, 2011, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will participate in Conference on Climate Change in Vanuatu and sign an Action Plan to enhance Pacific-EU cooperation on climate change. Some of the small Pacific islands are under the threat to disappear. They dramatically need increased aid. Commissioner Piebalgs will call upon EU member states and other international partners and donors to engage politically and financially in addressing climate change challenges faced by Pacific Countries and Territories. The Commissioner will also sign four programmes which show EU determination to combat climate change in the Pacific for €25.4 million in total. Two of them cover specifically Vanuatu and Solomon Islands climate resilience specific needs. One will support strategic actions on adaptation in 9 Pacific Small Island states and prepare those countries to absorb efficiently the expected international climate fast start funds. The second regional project, to be implemented by the University of South Pacific, seeks to strengthen capacity building, community engagement and adaptive actions along with applied research.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Pacific Climate Change Cooperation
    Link EU vows to back environment in PNG



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