Brussels, 15 July 2013/ ACP: A team of ambassadors will lead the 79-member ACP Group in deliberations on the post-2015 development agenda, with a view to form a common ACP position and a joint ACP-EU declaration on the issue.
The Ad-hoc Working Group on the Post-2015 Overarching Framework was launched Friday 12 July at the ACP House in Brussels, chaired by H.E Dr Ousmane Sylla of Guinea (pictured). The goal is to ensure that the concerns and interests of the ACP Group are integrated into the global development framework set by the international community, which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.
The Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, H.E Samuel Outlule of Botswana said the post-2015 framework is an opportunity to create an “enabling environment for development”, in harmony with the aims of the ACP-EU Cotonou Accord focused on eradicating poverty, achieving sustainable development, and integrating ACP states into the world economy on fair terms.
“The outcome of consultations on the Post-2015 overarching framework will have a fundamental impact on global development policy and action for a considerable period. Each and every one of us must therefore make the business of this Working Group their business,” he told ACP delegations last week.
In addition to forming ACP and ACP-EU positions, the Working Group will help prepare ACP member states to participate effectively in meetings on the post-2015 process at the regional and global levels.
– ACP Press