The document was adopted by acclamation; The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries has been a UN observer for 20 years; support for stability in Guinea-Bissau and response to cyclones in Mozambique are highlighted in the decision.
The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted, on Thursday, by acclamation, a resolution on cooperation with the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP).
The document was submitted by 17 countries. In addition to the CPLP Member States, nations such as Spain, France or Venezuela were co-signatories of the proposal.
The resolution was presented by the permanent representative of Cape Verde to the UN, José Luís Rocha. In an interview with UN News, the ambassador explained the importance of the initiative.
"It is a reaffirmation of the importance of regional cooperation under Chapter 8 of the United Nations Charter, through which the United Nations establishes relations with regional organizations with the same objectives, in this case we are talking about human rights, sustainable development, of eradicating poverty, of peace."
In his speech, the ambassador recalled that the CPLP formalized its relationship with the UN 20 years ago, when the General Assembly approved its observer status on 18 November, 1999.
The representative of Cape Verde, the country currently holding the CPLP presidency, said that "Portuguese is a major contributor to the reinforcement of multilingualism on a planetary scale, a theme welcomed by the United Nations."