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ACTO begins series of consultations with stakeholders across eight member states – 21st Mar 2013

amazonImproving the conditions of citizens of the eight countries in South America that makes up the Amazon Coorperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), is one of the aims of the regional grouping.

This as ACTO begins a series of consultations with stakeholders across its eight member states.

Secretary General Ambassador, Robby Ramlakhan said, the seminar is an important part in getting feedback from civil society. He said he wants to know what are the views, ideas and suggestions regarding sustainable development for the amazon region.

The Ambassador said after all the consultations are completed, a regional seminar will be held in Bolivia later this year, with the aim of consolidating the reports and presenting the findings to the Heads of Governments. Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodriques-Birkett said, the national seminar is timely when the international institutions are in discussions on their post 2015 work agenda, especially the Millennium Development Goals.

However, the Minister said ACTO faces several challenges; one of which is finances and urged officials to think outside the box.

ACTO was founded to promote the preservation of the  Amazon Basin and regulate Amazonian development through international cooperation. The Amazon Cooperation Treaty was drafted and signed in 1978. Its members are, Bolivia, Brazil,  Colombia,  Ecuador,  Guyana,  Peru,  Suriname and Venezuela.

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