Senior Coordinator for Atlantic Cooperation Ambassador Jessye Lapenn hosted the first virtual meeting of senior representatives from 31 members of the Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation on November 29. The Partnership was launched on the margins of the UN General Assembly on September 18 to engage in collective problem-solving and uphold a set of shared principles for Atlantic cooperation. All members of the Partnership have endorsed the Declaration on Atlantic Cooperation, reflecting a shared commitment to a peaceful, prosperous, open, and cooperative Atlantic region, while protecting the ocean as a healthy, sustainable, and resilient resource for generations to come.
Building on the Plan of Action adopted in September, Partnership members agreed to collaborate on marine spatial planning and to advance scientific and research exchange. Many also reflected interest in exploring how the Atlantic Ocean can contribute to food security, respond to Sargassum inundation, and address marine plastic pollution. The Partnership will continue to create new avenues for promoting greater scientific cooperation by sharing information and building capacity.
The Partnership welcomed several new members and now totals 35 countries from the north, south, east, and west coasts of the Atlantic Ocean.
Official news published at https://www.state.gov/partnership-for-atlantic-cooperation-senior-officials-meeting/