ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly:

Type: News   Reference: 93945   Duration: 00:04:17  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 17/06/2013   First transmission: 17/06/2013
- extracts from the Formal opening sitting of the 25th Session Background: The 25th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly takes place in Brussels this week, bringing together Members of the European Parliament and the elected representatives of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States that have signed the Cotonou Agreement. The Assembly's agenda contains topics such as the situation in Mali, food security, healthcare, economic partnership agreements, natural resources and relations with the European Investment Bank. The Assembly will also adopt urgent resolutions on the situation in the Central African Republic and the Republic of Guinea, two ACP countries whose people are enduring great suffering as a result of armed conflict. Parliamentary representatives of the 78 ACP countries and 78 MEPs meet twice a year in Joint Parliamentary Assembly, once in the EU country holding the EU Council presidency and once in a country determined by the ACP.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 Interior, atmosphere before the opening, (5 shots) 00:00:20
00:00:30 SOUDNBITE (French): Louis MICHEL, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly: "The conflict in Mali has gone beyond the boarders of Mali, beyond the boarders of the region, beyond the Sahel strip and indeed the African continent as a whole. This is an issue of international scope and I even suggest that this is a global issue that is inevitable linked to terrorism." 00:00:23
00:00:53 SOUDNBITE (French): Louis MICHEL, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly: "Our colleagues Ms Striffler and our Commissioner Georgieva noted particular difficulties in coordinating Human aid brought in the regional, local and internal levels. Friends, security governance is not just shaking Mali but also the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, you can't have security without development and the reverse is also true and that is why to my mind Africa needs a military force that is capable of guaranteeing and maintaining peace, this is critical and this is something we should really place on our Assembly agenda." 00:00:48
00:01:41 SOUDNBITE (French): Louis MICHEL, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly: "I'm convinced that Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye unanimously recognized for his great intellectual capacity for his 'sang froid' and for is ability to listen, I think he is in a position to guarantee stability, but he can only get that if he is backed up on his initiative in security, political and financial terms." 00:00:30
00:02:11 SOUDNBITE (French): Louis MICHEL, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly: "Colleagues, with a global situation that goes over 7 Billion, 875 Million are undernourished, how do we get rid of the chronic under nourishment between now and 2050, the main reasons to increase needs will be the increase in global population in all possible scenarios. The population in less developed countries will be the driver of demographic growth and it is the less advanced countries that are going to see the biggest population heights and I think that it is also time that we talk about demography that is something that can not possibly be taboo for us as democrats." 00:00:41
00:02:52 SOUNDBITE (English): Joyce LABOSO is the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly: "Although violence is a threat to everyone, women and children are particularly susceptible to victimization because they often have fewer rights of lack appropriate means of protection. The situation of women in times of war is even more precarious. Rape is often use as a weapon of war and the physical and mentally abuse of this cruel treatment often persists long after the cessation of hostilities." 00:00:30
00:03:22 SOUNDBITE (English): Joyce LABOSO is the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly: "A global development partnership needs to address in a very fundamental way the unsatisfactory and in some cases tragic exploitation of the natural resources of ACP states to the detriment of ACP nationals." 00:00:19
00:03:41 SOUNDBITE (English): Joyce LABOSO is the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly: "Some of the international operators based in Europe and other developed countries have engaged in very questionable activities in pursuit of ACP natural resources, being it fishing fleets or mining or logging or even in the oil companies." 00:00:18
00:03:59 Cutaway shots (4) with members in the audience and ACP - EP logo. 00:00:18
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