Background – 32nd ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly session

The keynote debate at the 32nd plenary session of the ACP-EU JPA, entitled " Demographic growth: challenges and opportunities" will focus on issues related to uncontrolled population growth, on the consequences of strong demographic pressure in various regions of the world but also the impact of population aging in Europe. These elements will fuel intensive discussion throughout the session.

The Assembly will vote on Wednesday 21 December on 3 resolutions:

  • Constitutional limits on presidential terms (debate on Tuesday morning, co-rapporteurs: Tulia Ackson (Tanzania) and Ignazio Corrao (IT)),

Two urgent topics will be debated and concluded by resolutions:

On Tuesday, 20 December, MEPs and their counterparts from national parliaments of the ACP countries will also discuss the role of trade in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A keynote speech will be given by UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi.

Another current topic, “How to support the resettlement of migrants in their home country” will be among those debated on Wednesday, 21 December.

The formal opening session of the 32nd session of the JPA on Monday, 19 December at 11.00, will take place in the presence of Justin Muturi, Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya. MEPs will also hold debates with Commissioner Neven Mimica (HR) on Monday, 19 December, and with representatives of ACP and EU Councils on Wednesday, 21 December.