This week will be held in Brussels (23-25 November) the 102nd session of the Ministers of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACAP). The Group was founded back in 1975, with the main purpose of developing cooperation between EU and ACP countries in major issues, like climate change and international trade.
The council will start on Tuesday 24th with an opening ceremony, and it will hosts throughout the week, officials from 79ACP countries, and, as the General Secretary H. E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes stated “The ACP Group of countries is at a juncture where we must ask fundamental, existential questions about how the organization can contribute in an effective way that impacts on our peoples’ lives.
The meetings take place during a difficult period, when environmental and development issues are crucial, not only for the countries involved in this project, but for the whole world.
Essential matters will be the focus of this week’s meetings: important decisions about the future of the organization will be taken, such as choosing the theme of the 8th Summit, which will be held from the 30th of May to the 1stof June. One of the most important issues, if not the major, will be climate change, since it clearly affects the quality of life and future development of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
Moreover trade-related issues will be discussed by the Council, in order to prepare for the ACP’s participation at the 10th WTO (World Trade Organization) Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, on 15-18 December.
Isabella MILAN ALBERTIN