The 7th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government took place in Malabo – Sipopo, Equatorial Guinea on 13-14 December 2012. The Summit was preceded by preliminary ministerial meetings from the 10th to 12th December. Participants at the 7th Summit reaffirmed their solidarity as the collective voice of the 79-member intergovernmental body, representing a population of 930 million people.
High level delegates from at least 63 countries, including more than 15 national heads attended the conference, including Benin President and President-in-Office of the African Union, St Lucia Prime Minister and Chair of the Caribbean Community, and Cook Islands Prime Minister and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum. Special guests such as African Union Commissioner, European Commissioner for Development, and Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliament Assembly were also present.
Under the theme ‘ the Future of the ACP Group in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities ’, the Summit was a milestone for the 79-member bloc, which includes 40 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and 36 Small Island Development States (SIDS). The ACP leaders committed to intensified South-South cooperation, while calling for more development-friendly relations with European partners.
The Sipopo Declaration addressed broad areas of peace, security and good governance; development finance; international trade; energy, climate change and sustainable development; and the future outlook of the ACP Group as an international institution.