President of the Senate Attends ACP Parliamentary Assembly Sessions in Brussels, Belgium
The President of the Senate, Carolyn Trench-Sandiford, recently attended the 63rd Session of the Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Parliamentary Assembly and the 43rd Session of the ACP-European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly held in Brussels, Belgium. At the sessions, the Minutes of the Meetings of the 62nd Session of the OACPS Parliamentary Assembly and the 42nd Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly were read and adopted. There was also an exchange of views on the Reports of the Committees on Political Affairs, Economic Development, Finance and Trade and Social Affairs, and the Environment. During the meetings, challenges confronting member states and opportunities for change were also discussed. The topics included reducing pesticide reliance and risks for safe and affordable food production and for sustainable and resilient agri-food systems; international pandemic treaty-state of play of ongoing negotiations; critical raw materials, energy transition, and climate change in the EU-ACP cooperation; the humanitarian and security situation in Haiti; the humanitarian situation in OACPS countries affected by terrorism. Trench-Sandiford also used the opportunity to share key aspects of the work of the National Assembly of Belize and to explore opportunities for partnerships aligned with the assembly’s strategic objectives of a modern, more open and inclusive, gender-responsive, and climate-resiliency.