CELEP presents to ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
CELEP made a presentation on pastoralism at a meeting of the Committee of Social Affairs and the Environment on 22 March 2013. This is a part of the ACP-EU (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States – European Union) joint assembly. The aim of the meeting was to prepare for the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly which is to be held 17-19 June 2013 and is composed of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and elected members from ACP countries (signatories of the Cotonou Agreement). This committee draws up proposals which are then voted on by the Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Francis Cole, the administrator of the ACP Unit in the Directorate-General for External Policies (DG Expo) of the European Parliament, invited CELEP to give a presentation on “The social and environmental impact of pastoralism on ACP countries”. Following this presentation, CELEP was invited to contribute to a working document on pastoralism that is being drafted by MEP Fiona Hall. As another direct consequence of this meeting, a question on pastoralism will be raised at the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels in June. The presentation made by Joep Van Mierlo, Director of VSF-Belgium, on behalf of CELEP was based on the book “Modern and Mobile” and on the contributions sent by CELEP members and partners about pastoralism and resilience in the light of the consultation of the EU on Humanitarian Aid. The presentation can be found here: EU-ACP JPA Pastoralism.