The first round of political negotiations opened in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
On 28 September, the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) group begin negotiations on the future of their cooperation after 2020. The ambition is to transform today's partnership into a modern political framework geared to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.
The countries in the EU and the ACP represent more than half of all UN member countries and unite over 1.5 billion people. The current partnership, governed by the Cotonou agreement, is one of the longest-standing and most comprehensive framework for cooperation between the EU and developing countries. The current agreement expires in 2020.