Council of Ministers
-23/24 February: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
-21/22 February: Coreper II
-21 February: Coreper I
-20/21 February: Thematic workshop on climate finance in light of meaningful emission reductions and increased transparency (Denmark)
22 February: Next Brussels Development Briefing: New challenges and opportunities for pastoralism in ACP countries
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How the world will look by 2020? Will the development agenda change drastically? Will the BRICs take over the role of traditional donors? How will this affect the developing world? These and other topics were discussed at length this week at the University of Leuven where HIVA, Research Institute for Work and Society, presented some of the key findings of a draft report. CTA Brussels met with Hans Bruyninckx, director of the Institute. In particular, he spoke to us about the role of emerging countries in development cooperation.
As we have been informing our readers in recent weeks, our next Brussels Development Briefing will take place on the 22 February 2012 and will be organised in partnership with the African Union Commission, the European Commission (DG DEVCO) the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various media partners.
Pastoralism will be at the core of our next Brussels Briefing. We will discuss the main challenges affecting the pastoralists, especially in the ACP countries, and the opportunities provided by existing continental and regional policy frameworks and processes. It will then focus on sharing good practices and experiences from the field across regions. We will also identify what urgent and concrete policy actions need to be in place to increase support pastoralism.
The Briefing will be fully webstreamed in English and French (from 8h30 a.m. to13.00 p.m. CET)
In light of an “unstable” state of affairs, the newly appointed Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors encourages solidarity amongst African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. Ambassador Shirley Skerritt-Andrew, who represents the Eastern Caribbean States of the Commonwealth, who recently started her six month term as Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors, spoke to the ACP delegates in Brussels. Notably, she said that the historic ties and shared values link ACP to European Union. "[These] are the foundation of our partnership [and] are increasingly being tested, and new strategies deployed by the EU seem to confirm this trend. The global scene does seem ominous.”
The EU has recently released the general report on the activities of 2011. What contribution has the Union made on the international scene? What was done to help boost growth and preserve jobs? How have Europeans and non-Europeans benefited from the Union?
The General Report is published every year by the European Commission as it aims to give an account of the EU's major initiatives and achievements throughout the year.
The text, which is divided into 5 parts, describes the EU's actions in the world in its fourth chapter .