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Newsletter 210

Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

On 10th March (8h30-13h00), the next Brussels Development Briefing will discuss the key role Biodiversity plays in rural development, especially for ACP countries.  Issues at stae include: the relationship between poverty and biodiversity, the effects of biodiversity loss in hunger and food insecurity, governance issues, the Intellectual Property Rights’ challenge, farmers rights and economic incentives, policies and legislation at the national, regional and global levels.

For information and registration: boto@cta.int or pruna@cta.int

European Parliament: 
8th-12th February (Strasbourg): Plenary session of the European parliament, MEPs will vote Tuesday on whether to approve or reject the new Barroso II European Commission

EU Presidency:
10th February (Albacete) : II Conference on climate change and sustainability
-11th  February (Brussels): Informal meeting of Heads of State or Government at the initiative of The permanent president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.

ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
- 9th February: ACP-EC Thematic Group I of the Revision of Cotonou
- 11th February: Committe of Ambassadors
For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage http://brussels.cta.int/


Our video guest: Carl Haub, Population Reference Bureau, Washington

Our video guest this week is Mr. Carl Haub is a senior demographer and holder of the Conrad Taeuber Chair of Population Information at the Population Reference Bureau in Washington where he has been employed since 1979.On the occasion of his intervention at the Brussels Development Briefing on population growth and its implications for rural areas in ACP countries, Mr.Carl Haub explained the current trends of population growth in the world. He presented poverty as an obstacle for the adoption of policies to address population growth. However, Mr. Carl Haub also pointed at some false interpretations of demographic figures. He therefore spoke about the necessity to have accurate statistics and their rightful contextualization.

Monday, 08 February 2010
The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) has urged the government to renegotiate the implementation date of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) until the country’s industry achieves further recovery. News agency New Ziana quoted the CZI president Joseph Kanyekanye on Wednesday as saying that Zimbabwe’s industry was still fragile and was unlikely to have fully recovered to be in a position to compete with goods from Europe by 2013.
Despite soaring sugar prices resulting from poor cane harvests, European beet growers are blocked from exporting their surplus sugar, despite repeated requests. Enough is enough! Europe has produced record sugar production this year, thanks to the favourable weather conditions for sugar beet cultivation. The EU thus has a sugar surplus of several million tonnes, but is currently restricted by an export ceiling of 1.35 million tonnes imposed by the WTO. For years, thanks to subsidies from Brussels, European sugar flooded the world market, despite the fact that its price was far higher than that of the market.
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