Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries
Communauté des pays de langue portugaise
Comunidade dos Paises de Lingua Portuguesa (CPLP)
1996-07-17 Lisbon Portugal
17 Jul 1996, Lisbon (Portugal), on signature of an agreement by Heads of State and Government of 7 countries. Headquarters in Lisbon.
Consolidate the national and multinational cultural identity of Portuguese-speaking countries; reflect the special character of their relationship and the experience of their fruitful concerted action and cooperation; enhance a progressively international assertion of Portuguese-speaking countries which, although geographically discontinuous, are identified by their common language; encourage development of parliamentary, economic and entrepreneurial cooperation; give new impetus to academic cooperation; mobilize efforts and resources to assist reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes; promote coordination of activities of public agencies and NGOs; promote measures to overcome problems of immigrant communities, to protect and preserve the environment and achieve sustainable development, to ensure full respect for human rights, to eradicate racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia, to improve living conditions of children, to strengthen the social condition of women and recognize their crucial role in society and to foster exchange of young people; reinforce linguistic, cultural and business links and promote political cooperation.
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Conference of Heads of State and Government (highest organ; meets every 2 years). Council of Ministers (meeting once a year) comprises Foreign Affairs and/or External Relations Ministers of all member states. Cooperation Focal Points (meeting twice a year) approves cooperation and development projects. Parliamentary Assembly (meets every 2 years), with presidency rotating between member states. Standing Committee of Ambassadors, consists of one representative of each member state. Secretariat in Lisbon (Portugal), headed by Executive Secretary and includes General Director.
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