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Thursday, 12 April 2018

ACP Group Looks Forward to Becoming 'Effective Global Player'

While preparing for talks on future relations with the European Union (EU) after the Cotonou Agreement expires in February 2020, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is engaged in concerted efforts to reshape itself into "an effective global player" serving as a catalyst and an advocate for defending, protecting and advancing multilateralism, within the overarching framework of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). An important factor for this objective to be achieved, as the ACP Secretary-General, Dr. Patrick I Gomes, told InDepthNews 'UN Insider', is the Revision of the Georgetown Agreement named after the capital of Guyana, where it was signed in 1975. The Revision would allow the ACP Group to deepen and widen its foundations. With this in view, diplomats from 79-member states of the Group gathered in Brussels on April 5 for a special session of the 'ACP Committee of Ambassadors' – which is the ACP Group's second decision-making body acting between ministerial sessions on behalf of the Council of Ministers. The Council is the main decision-making body, also tasked with implementing the guidelines laid down by the Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government. The Georgetown Agreement of June 7, 1975 and the first Lomé Convention, signed in the same year, established the Group – then comprising 46 member states – to stimulate "regional and inter-regional cooperation amongst the ACP States and amongst developing countries in general, and to strengthen the links between the respective regional organisations to which they belong", and also to promote implementation of "a new world economic order".

Source: ACP