The Secretariat is responsible for the administrative management of the ACP Group. It assists the Group's decision-making and advisory organs in carrying out their work.The ACP Secretariat's headquarters is located in Brussels (Belgium). It is headed by an Executive Secretary-General who is responsible for implementing the Group's international policy, as well as directing and coordinating its cooperation policy.
The African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organization created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. Composed of 79 states its main objectives are sustainable development of its Member States and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order. Further it seeks to coordinate of the activities of the ACP Group in the framework of the implementation of ACP-EC Partnership Agreements as well as the consolidation of unity and solidarity among ACP States, as well as understanding among their peoples. Lastly, ACP aims towards the establishment and consolidation of peace and stability in a free and democratic society.
Set up in December 2019, the Environment and Climate Action Department seeks to support Members of the OACPS to undertake climate change adaptation and mitigation actions; protect biodiversity; promote the sustainable use and management of natural resources; strengthen ocean governance, including fisheries and aquaculture; and build resilience to disasters from natural hazard risks.