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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The annual European Development days (EDDs) – have been launched today by the Polish Presidency, Under-Secretary of State, Krzysztof Stanowski and EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. This year, the EDDs will focus on democracy and development in the wake of the recent Arab Spring events and the proposals of the European Commission for a new EU development policy.

Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Council of Ministers
-04 October: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
-06 October: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council
ACP Group

-03-06 October: 24th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
-06/07 October: Green Growth Investment Forum

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The European Parliament this week passed a report by German MEP Gabriele Zimmer on global food security in which it gave strong backing to the implementation of the right to food in the EU and in the world. The Parliament thus calls for “urgent steps to […] make the right to adequate and nutritious food a reality”. In this context, it urges the Commission and member states to “take concrete action to effectively tackle financial speculation on grain and food”, and in particular to restore global food stocks.

Friday, 30 September 2011

The Council of Minsters this week pushed back the resumption of full development cooperation with the Republic of the Fiji Islands until 30 September 2012, pending the implementation of concrete steps towards new elections as well as the respect of human rights and the rule of law (13845/11). The measures were first imposed on 1 October 2007 in the wake of the military takeover in Fiji in 2006.

Rivers State House of Assembly has appealed to the European Union (EU) to assist the state in cleaning up Ogoniland as recommended by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report recently submitted to the Federal Government. Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Leyii Kwanee, said in Port Harcourt while receiving the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. David Macrae, that the extent of damage to the area was enormous and required external assistance. "To me, personally, the Ogoniland is a disaster area and should be so declared," he said.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

The German development minister Dirk Niebel last week participated in a meeting of G20 development ministers, at which the G20 finance ministers were also present. The meeting marked the first time that G20 development ministers met in this formation.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

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.