Sustainable development, not EU immediate interests, must guide the successor of the Cotonou Agreement

Sustainable development, not EU immediate interests, must guide the successor of the Cotonou Agreement

Brussels, 28 September 2018 – Today, the European Commission officially launched the negotiations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP) on a new partnership agreement which will succeed the Cotonou Agreement. CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs, welcomes the renewal of the agreement as it represents a great opportunity to build a people-centered cooperation among equal partners but is concerned about the narrative of Africa being increasingly portrayed only as Europe’s trade and economic partner.

Stand up for a better future for all – Event on post-Cotonou

Stand up for a better future for all – Event on post-Cotonou

On December 7th, CONCORD and the Slovak Presidency will host an open dialogue on the future of the Cotonou Agreement. The event, titled “Stand up for a better future for all” will bring together authorities and Civil Society Organisations from both the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states, to discuss the future of the EU’s partnership with 79 ACP states after 2020.

“Now actions must speak louder than words” European NGOs react on future European development policy

“Now actions must speak louder than words” European NGOs react on future European development policy

In a first response to European Commission proposals on a new European Consensus on Development, CONCORD Europe calls for the translation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into action and will be monitoring European governments to ensure the commitments will be followed through in legally binding policies and instruments.