• Avr 9, 2021
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Worryingly, the post-Cotonou agreement will be legally binding for 20 years for the sovereign states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions. This means that it will bind future governments of all ACP countries to compliance with the agreement for 20 years. The united nature of the negotiations – which are virtually kept secret – has ruled out any possibility of public scrutiny and is denying civil society organisations formal contributions to the negotiations. The Pacific CSO Group pursued essentially informally the process of transmitting the first Pacific CSO briefing document to representatives of the Pacific Ocean, and then took every opportunity to present presentations and make alternative recommendations and texts based on the leak of draft agreements. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the European Commission said that the text of the new post-Cotonou agreement had been 95% finalised. The aim of this procedure is to return to a normal relationship between the partners. In the absence of an agreement, the party that initiated the process can take action on cooperation projects and development assistance. Anyone interested in the agreement can submit comments or questions by email or mail at any time. For more information: info@forumsec.org Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Ratu Sukuna Road, Suva, Fiji. « We are in the final phase of negotiations, » a European Commission spokeswoman told the DW.

More than 95% of the treaty text agrees. However, the Commission refused to provide specific information or conduct an interview. Since the conclusion has been delayed from 2019, negotiations after the Cotonou Group (ACP) and the European Union (EU) are expected to be concluded in March of this year and re-examined at an ACP Council meeting. When the COVID 19 pandemic was declared, restrictions in Belgium and elsewhere further reduced the agenda for concluding these negotiations. The work of DAWN`s NCP was entirely located in the Pacific, as we were unable to involve feminists in the African and Caribbean regions. In June, however, DAWN participated in an inter-regional webinar with the Gender and Trade Coalition and the Third World Network. The « Post-Cotonou Agreement: Cross-Regional Perspectives and Resistance » Webinar discussed the issue of negotiations, sharing lessons from mobilization and proposing alternative progressive and feminist approaches.