Joint Declaration on Atlantic Cooperation

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The text of the following statement was issued by the Governments of the United States of America and of Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Equatorial, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ireland, Mauritania, the Netherlands and Norway. , Portugal, Senegal, Spain and the United Kingdom on the occasion of a joint declaration for cooperation in the Atlantic.

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US, Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ireland, Mauritania, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, United Kingdom and United States , as coastal countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean and members of the community of Atlantic countries, share a commitment to a peaceful, prosperous, open and cooperative Atlantic region, while preserving the ocean as healthy, sustainable and resilient resource for future generations .

We all depend on the Atlantic for our livelihoods. The Atlantic Ocean is home to important trade routes, significant natural resources and essential biodiversity. Challenges such as hacking; transnational organized crime; illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; climate change; Pollution; and environmental degradation threaten our livelihoods. The Atlantic Ocean also offers untapped economic potential, from natural resources to new technologies. No country alone can solve the cross-border challenges in the Atlantic region or fully seize the opportunities before us.

In order to bring the Atlantic countries together to achieve our common goals, we will explore opportunities, where appropriate, to partner on a common set of challenges in the Atlantic Ocean region and explore the development of a wider dialogue on strengthening cooperation in the region.

We will explore opportunities to advance the shared goals of sustainable development, economic, environmental, scientific and maritime governance across the Atlantic, in accordance with international law, in particular as set out in the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of ​​1982 (UNCLOS), and we reaffirm the important role of UNCLOS in establishing the legal framework that governs all activities in the oceans and seas. We aim to strengthen regional cooperation, develop a common approach to Atlantic Ocean issues, and build shared capabilities to solve the challenges we face in the Atlantic.

We will explore opportunities to work together to advance our common goals in the region on several topics. We will work to develop the sustainable ocean economy and an inclusive business model to ensure that the ocean continues to sustainably support our livelihoods, from food for growing populations to driving global trade, both today and for future generations. We recognize that there is no sustainable development without a serious commitment to promoting development and reducing poverty in developing countries. We recognize the importance of technology transfer on voluntary and mutually agreed terms as a means of supporting development, creating jobs and incomes, sustaining livelihoods and bridging the technology gap between nations.

We will pursue opportunities to meet the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, collaborating on innovative science-based solutions to advance our common goals, including the prevention, minimization and resolution of loss and damage; building climate resilience; conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems; and marine pollution mitigation.

We will explore ways to improve maritime governance, from cooperation for humanitarian response and search and rescue operations to the deterrence of piracy, the fight against IUU fishing and the fight against drug trafficking. We are also determined to see the South Atlantic as an area of ​​peace and cooperation which contributes significantly to the strengthening of international peace.

Several Atlantic organizations have already made significant progress on our common goals. We will build on the spirit of mutually reinforcing Atlantic cooperation fostered by these organizations and support their work to the fullest extent possible. We seek to partner with organizations such as, among others, the Atlantic Center in the Azores as a central hub for innovative and pan-Atlantic policy analysis, policy dialogue and capacity building; the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone as a key coordinating body for South Atlantic countries; the Architecture of Yaoundé and the Friends of the Gulf of Guinea of ​​the G7++ as the central body in charge of the application of the African regional maritime law; and the Alliance for Research and Innovation on the Atlantic Ocean as a place for the development of scientific cooperation. We also seek to establish partnerships with other appropriate organizations, including regional fisheries bodies and organizations working on sustainable ocean economy and Atlantic-related climate and environmental issues.

We will continue to identify other areas of cooperation based on dialogue with Atlantic coastal countries and existing Atlantic-focused organizations. We will explore opportunities to bring Atlantic countries closer together, while sharing the principles of peaceful existence and ensuring that our actions on the Atlantic Ocean, especially on the high seas, respect international law and international law of the sea, in particular as set out in the provisions of UNCLOS 1982. We seek to strengthen our mutual dialogue and cooperation on this multitude of common challenges in the region. We invite other Atlantic coastal countries to join us.

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