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Monday, 02 July 2018

79-Nation ACP Exercises Decisive Influence Globally

The ACP Group of States, established by the Georgetown Agreement on 6 June 1975, consists of 79 developing countries composed of 48 from Sub-Sharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific/Oceania region, accounting for a population of more than one billion persons. Within the ACP are 40 of the 48 of the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs), 37 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and all 15 Land Locked developing Countries (LLDCs) of Africa. These numerically significant constituents of the Global South have exercised decisive influence globally, as for instance, in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) defending the Doha Development Agenda with the principle of Special and Differential Treatment (SDT). And moreover, within the G90, the ACP’s role as catalyst and advocate was widely applauded when at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia in 2013, a Trade Facilitation Agreement was adopted. More recently, the UNFCCC of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change was forcefully enabled by the so-called “Ambition Coalition” in which the ACP’s 79 and principally, the European Union’s 28 Member States joined forces to achieve today’s most far-reaching treaty-based agreement to save Planet Earth. These historical global engagements by the ACP provide a substantial foundation rooted in its 43-year old Partnership agreement with the European Union, from 1975 in Lomé and then for the 20-year period from 2000 at Cotonou, Benin, for a continuing struggle in the fight against poverty.

Source: ACP InDepthNews