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Wednesday, 03 February 2016

Building a Strong Partnership: How to (Re-) Shape EU Cooperation with ACP

Poffertjes and poverty are on the table for EU development ministers in Amsterdam tonight, as they get together for the first time this year. Over dinner, they will discuss the European Union’s future relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The existing framework currently governing this partnership, the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, is due to expire in 2020. During the coming months, the EU will define its position for a follow-up deal, which will serve as a basis for future development cooperation. For the newly-agreed 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its Sustainable Development Goals to be effective, this new legally-binding agreement is instrumental. Spiralling inequality and the devastating effects of climate change present enormous challenges for developing countries, particularly in Africa. The number of people living in extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to increase by 50 million by 2030; inequality levels have reached unprecedented dimensions, with an Oxfam report showing that 62 super-rich people own as much as the poorest 3.7 billion. These pressing concerns must be placed at the centre of any future EU-ACP partnership agreement.

Source: Oxfam