Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens African Cooperation

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Delegate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, strengthened African cooperation at the meeting of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the European Union. 

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the importance of the promotion and economic transformation of Africa through industrialization, economic development, science, technology, innovation, respect for human rights, peace, security, and good governance. 

The new cooperation agreement, which will replace the Cotonou Agreement in 2020, further strengthens the bilateral relations between the African Union (AU) and the EU.

Equatorial Guinea has ratified numerous international conventions regarding economic development and human rights, and is active at the United Nations (UN) as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, where it strongly advocates for peace and security throughout the world. Equatorial Guinea at the UN has urged its fellow UN member states to prohibit the sale of arms to mercenaries and other organizations who are considered human rights violators.

Equatorial Guinea at the UN has also focused on negotiations and dialogues for the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts; negotiations and dialogues on the reform of the Security Council; active participation in strategies to combat terrorism, illegal human trafficking, drug trafficking, organized and cross-border crime, endemic diseases and pandemics, extremism, xenophobia, racial discrimination and corruption; active defense of human rights; active participation in mitigating catastrophic effects of climate change; and active participation in the execution of the UN 2030 and African Union 2063 agendas, in parallel with their own Horizon 2020 national program.