African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and UNDP Africa strategic dialogue on joint workSep 8, 2016
Representatives of the Belgium-based African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat, UNDP Africa and UNDP Brussels Representation Office met at the Regional Service Centre for Africa during 14-15 July for a strategic dialogue on the implementation of the revised Joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations. The ACP Group consists of 79 Member States, including 40 Least Developed Countries and 36 Small Island Developing States.
The revised MOU, signed in March this year by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and ACP Secretariat Secretary General Patrick I. Gomes, provides a framework for collaboration in areas of common interest while contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including through strengthening capacities in ACP Member States and enhancing partnership and programme coherence in ACP countries and regions.
“It is important to have dialogues on a regular basis, beyond specific discussions on joint projects, to deliberate and espouse on issues of common interests and broader development concerns”, UNDP Brussels Director Barbara Pesce-Monteiro emphasised in the meeting.
Among the conclusions of the meeting was agreement on further work for joint action on selected thematic interventions, the convening of an annual strategic dialogue between UNDP’s regional centres in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific and the ACP Secretariat, as well as another forum with the African Union and Regional Economic Communities to reinforce partnerships.
UNDP and ACP together supporting small-scale mining
UNDP and ACP have collaborated since 2012 to advance sustainable human development. The objectives have been to foster south-south cooperation and promote inclusive economic growth as a vehicle for sustainable development in developing countries through exchanging of information and views.
In July 2015, ACP and UNDP launched together with the European Union an initiative to support the low-value minerals and materials sector in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. The sector includes the mining of construction materials, dimension stones, industrial minerals and low-grade metals and precious stones. The sector is closely linked to local economies and has a potential to generate more local jobs.
The initiative “Capacity development of mineral institutions and of small-scale private sector operating in low-value minerals in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries” helps the sector contribute to the sustainable development goals and to the ACP Framework of Action on the Development of Mineral Resources Sector, endorsed by the ACP Committee of Ambassadors in 2011.
The initiative supports the small-scale private sector, mining, public institutions and communities in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. UNDP and ACP promote knowledge exchange to increase the sector’s productivity, help better manage mining operations to adhere to national and international environmental and health standards, and prevent conflict through effective community relations.
The three-year €13.4 million initiative is an Intra-ACP programme initiated by the ACP Secretariat, financed by the European Commission and UNDP, and implemented by UNDP at the request of ACP Group of States.