The United States joined 31 other Atlantic coastal countries in adopting the Declaration on Atlantic Cooperation and launching the Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation.
This multilateral initiative, which includes countries in Africa, Europe, North America, South America and the Caribbean, aims to collectively address a number of challenges and promote cooperation in the Atlantic region.
The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, together with the leaders of the other participating States, launched this new partnership at the Ministerial Meeting for Atlantic Cooperation, held on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
During the meeting, participants also agreed on an Action Plan detailing the first phase of the Association’s work.
The Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation is the first Atlantic-based grouping to span both the North and South Atlantic, focusing on a wide range of issues related to their shared priorities.
Its purpose is to inaugurate a new chapter in regional cooperation, with a particular focus on sustainable development, science and technology.
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The objective of the Association is twofold: first, to unite the community of Atlantic States around a framework that allows them to engage more effectively and, second, to establish a set of guiding principles for Atlantic cooperation, such as set out in the Declaration on Atlantic Cooperation.
“The Atlantic coastal countries of Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas share a common commitment to achieving a peaceful, prosperous, open and cooperative Atlantic region, while protecting the ocean as a healthy, sustainable and resilient resource for future generations. . “They face common challenges, such as the climate crisis, environmental degradation, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, piracy and maritime governance, creating a solid foundation for a more integrated partnership,” the statement said. signed by 32 countries.
The declaration was signed by the governments of Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Canada, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Dominica, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Spain, United States , Ireland, Iceland, Liberia, Morocco, Mauritania, Nigeria, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Togo and Uruguay.
The creation of the Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation marks a milestone in multilateral cooperation and promises a stronger and more collaborative future for Atlantic coastal States.