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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Rio+20 must rise to the challenge of paving the way for a new economic order, where sustainability and not just GDP is a key concept, argued the European Economic and Social Committee during a debate with Janez Potočnik, the EU Commissioner for the Environment, and Ricardo Neiva Tavares, Head of the Mission of Brazil to the EU. The Commissioner made it clear that the Rio+20 could not succeed without the constructive input of civil society.

Water and sanitation, maternal health, hunger and child mortality: those Millennium Development Goals that are most off-tracks will be allocated an additional €1bn by the European Commission, said EU Commissioner Piebalgs today during a round table on Nutrition at the UN General Assembly. The European Commission is finalising the identification of the projects presented by African, Caribbean and Pacific countries themselves.

Monday, 26 September 2011

European Parliament
-26-29 September: European Parliament Plenary Session (Strasbourg)
-26-29 September: Committees in the European Parliament (Strasbourg)
Council of Ministers
-26 September: Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
-28 September: Coreper I, Coreper II
European Commission
-27 September: Weekly meeting of the college (Strasbourg)

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A special guest at the Committee of Ambassadors last week highlighted the powerful potential for partnership between the ACP Group and Africa’s major development organization. CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Agency (NEPAD) Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki was invited to speak to Ambassadors about the work of NEPAD and possible areas of cooperation.

The 3110th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 20 September 2011 updated the mandate of Mr Koen Vervaeke, EU Special Representative to the African Union and extended it until 30 June 2012. It set the budget for expenditure related to the Special Representative and his team at EUR 715 000 for the period from 1 September 2011 until 30 June 2012.

Friday, 23 September 2011

The Global Political Agreement is an internal political arrangement which Europeans should never use as a pre-condition for the removal of illegal economic sanctions they imposed on Zimbabwe, President Mugabe has said. The President said this soon after meeting European External Action Services managing director for Africa, Mr Nicholas Westcott at State House in Harare.

The African Union and the East African Community Monday signed an agreement worth 3,415,489 Euros for the implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) in the East African region. The first phase of the APSA support covers a period of one year. The European Union is supporting the APSA programme for Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) through AU with a financial envelope of 40 million Euros over a period of 44 months beginning 1 May 2011.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque welcomed the Director General of the Inter-American Institute of for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA) Dr Victor Villalobos as his first visitor from an institution since assuming office on 15 August. Director-General Villalobos said one of the main reasons for his visit was to express IICA’s interest to continue working with the Secretariat as he was convinced that nothing could be achieved in the development of the agriculture sector without the willingness of all parties to work together.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

European Parliament
-19/22 September: Committees in the European Parliament
Council of Ministers
-19/20 September: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
-19/20 September: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (informal)
-19-25 September: General Affairs Council
European Commission
-21 September: Weekly meeting of the college
ACP Group
-20 September: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors

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Aid dependency among 54 of the world’s poorest countries has declined by a third over the last decade, according to a new report from ActionAid. The Real Aid 3 report also reveals that since 2006 there has been an increase in good quality aid – real aid – from 51 per cent to 55 per cent.