Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Conseil de coopération du Golfe (CCG)

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25 May 1981, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), on signature of Charter. Also referred to as Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG) -- Conseil de coopération des Etats arabes du Golfe and as Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) -- Conseil de coopération du Golfe arabe. Summit meeting 1981, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), agreed to make the region an economic common market. Economic charter adopted, Nov 1981, whereby, from 1 Dec 1981, member states would open their frontiers to goods produced within the region. First stage of 'Unified Economic Agreement' commenced implementation 1 Mar 1983, following decision, Nov 1982, Bahrain, at 3rd session of Supreme Council. This agreement has since been replaced by the 'Economic Agreement', signed 31 Dec 2001. Supreme Council decision to launch Gulf Common Market, 1 Jan 2008. Statutes registered in 'UNTS 1/21244'.


Effect coordination, integration and interconnection between member states in all fields in order to achieve unity among them; deepen and strengthen relations, links and areas of cooperation now prevailing among their peoples in various fields; formulate similar regulations in various fields, including economic and financial affairs, commerce, customs and communications, education and culture, social and health affairs, information and tourism and legislation and administrative affairs; stimulate scientific and technological progress in the fields of industry, mining, agriculture, water and animal resources; establish scientific research and joint ventures and encourage cooperation by the private sector for the good of their people.

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Politics/policy/regulatory activities.


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Arabic, English.


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Relations with 47 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 11 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 6 countries
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Subjects *

  • Government
    • Intergovernmental Communities
  • Solidarity
    • Cooperation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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28. Jan 2016
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