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A compilation of government and civil society declarations around the 4th summit of ACP Heads of State meeting - June 2004

MAPUTO DECLARATION: Together Shaping Our Future


We, Heads of State and Government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, meeting in our 4th Summit in Maputo, Republic of Mozambique, on 23 and 24 June 2004:

Reaffirming our commitments made in the Libreville Declaration, Santo Domingo Declaration and Plan of Action, and the Nadi Declaration;

Reaffirming also that our strength lies in our common history, unity and solidarity, diverse rich cultures and shared vision of the future;

Committed to maintaining and strengthening the unity and cohesion of the ACP Group;

Determined that our countries, with more than 11% of global population, should play a more prominent role in international affairs;

Re-affirming our commitment to the objectives and principles enshrined in the Cotonou Agreement;

Underlining the pivotal role of ACP-EU cooperation and the need to ensure that Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) contribute to poverty reduction, sustainable development and the smooth and gradual integration of ACP countries into the global economy;

Noting the launching in Gaborone in May 2004 of the review of the Cotonou Agreement and its potential impact on ACP-EU relations;

Recalling the commitments and undertakings made at the Monterrey Conference on Financing for Development, the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg and the Barbados Plan of Action on Sustainable Development for Small Island Developing States (SIDS);

Reaffirming our determination to foster the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);

Recalling the priority given to agriculture and especially to water and rural infrastructure in the World Food Summit Declaration and reiterated in the Maputo, Sirte and Rose Hall Declarations;

Committing ourselves to global peace, security and stability in accordance with the principles and objectives of the United Nations (UN);

Expressing our deep concern over tensions in regional and international political and economic spheres that have potential adverse consequences for the peace, stability and sustainable development of our societies;

Emphasising that Globalisation presents not only opportunities, but important challenges for the ACP Group, which must seek to ensure that no member of the Group is marginalised in the process;

Reiterating the value of dialogue among cultures as a fundamental principle for promoting understanding among peoples peaceful resolution of conflicts and as a cornerstone for equitable and sustainable development;

Recognising the complementary capacities and roles of non-state actors in advancing our developmental and peace-building goals;

Committing ourselves to take all measures including participatory, especially within the Group, consistent with the theme of our Summit, Together shaping our future, with the aim of eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development, peace and stability for all our communities;

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