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Opinion: Recognize the Aspirations of ACP Group of Developing Countries

Brussels – The significance of the issues covered in the post-2015 development agenda, to be adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25-27 September, cannot be over-emphasizedFor the 79 countries that make up the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), the post-2015 agenda not only recognizes the reality faced by hundreds of millions amongst its populations who live in poverty, but also takes into account the aspirations of these nations to innovate and industrialize, to be energy-efficient, and to attain sustainable economic development while protecting the environment and natural resources for generations to come.

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ACP countries urge an international conference on Ebola

Brussels – With over 4,500 deaths, 400 health workers infected and a devastating economic impact, the Ebola epidemic is spiraling out of control. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community last week to concretize its pledges to the Ebola Trust Fund, whose US$ 100,000 fall drastically short of the US$1 billion needed to fight the outbreak. Today, EU ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Luxembourg to discuss joint strategies to counter the spread of the disease (click here for the EU Council’s conclusions). In the midst of this pressing global agenda, African ambassadors, scientists, EU representatives and international organizations gathered in Brussels’ ACP Group headquarters on Friday for a ‘Symposium on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa’.

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