Council of Ministers
-4 April: COREPER I
-4 April March: COREPER II
-2 April: S/C on Political, Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Affairs
-3 April: Enlarged Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
-3 April:Committee of Ambassadors’ W/G on the preparation of the 7th ACP Summit
-4 April: SEDT Department
-4 April: Steering Committee of the ACP Sugar research Programme
-4 April : Next Brussels Development Briefing: Small island economies
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The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), established in 1998 by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is the leading international body monitoring internal displacement worldwide. Nowadays, this issue affects more than 27.5 million people, according to the centre's recent updates. In Somalia in particular,a member of the ACP Group which has recently caught a great deal of media attention, there are around 1,5 million of internally displaced people. CTA-Brussels met Nuur Mohamud Sheekh, a Horn of Africa analyst at the IDMC. Notably,he spoke of the role of state actors and the case of Somalia as it pertains to this issue.
The next Brussels Development Briefing will focus on “Small island economies: from vulnerabilities to opportunities” and take place on April 4th, 2012. It will be organised by the CTA, with the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various media partners.
The Briefing will discuss policy options to reduce the vulnerability of small islands economies. We will also discuss some best practices to enhance sustainable development, especially in the context of Rio+20.
You can follow the updates and register online at brusselsbriefings.
You can follow the debate online, as the event will be webstreamed.
The European Parliament approved EU legislation by a wide margin to make trade over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives safer and more transparent. According to the EP Press service, derivatives trading is believed to have contributed to the global financial crisis.
Last week, ministers adopted conclusions on EU's Strategy for the Sahel region. While in March 2011, the Council welcomed the presentation of a European Union Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel, ministers are now proposing ways of improving the coherence and effectiveness of EU engagement. In its initial phase, the Strategy focuses primarily on Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Algeria.