The 9th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government takes place from 9 to 10 December 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Summit, themed “A Transformed ACP: Committed to Multilateralism”, is preceded by ministerial sessions from 6 to 8 December.
The 9th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government
Since the 8th Summit in Papua New Guinea, significant developments have taken place which are reshaping the engagements between ACP Member States and the wider world. These changes imperatively call for the ACP Group to redefine its position and role with its traditional and potential development partners both internationally and regionally.
The objectives of the 9th ACP Summit are:
• To endorse the outcome of the negotiations for a new 20-year ACP-EU Partnership Agreement;
• To review results and impacts of the work of the Group since 2016 and take stock of the implementation of the commitments made at the 8th Summit;
• To consider and adopt the revisions to the ACP’s Constitutive Act, the Georgetown Agreement;
• To provide political guidance on the way in which the Group redefines its vision and role to advance multilateralism;
• To give political leadership and guidance on ACP institutional structures to achieve sustainable development through Agenda 2030.
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the "ACP-EC Partnership Agreement" which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific. The Secretariat is responsible for the administrative management of the ACP Group. It assists the Group's decision-making and advisory organs in carrying out their work. The ACP Secretariat's headquarters is located in Brussels (Belgium). It is headed by an Executive Secretary-General who is responsible for implementing the Group's international policy, as well as directing and coordinating its cooperation policy.
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