g7+ will open a European representation in Portugal

Following the intent of g7+ to expand its outreach in Europe, the delegation led by the Chair of the g7+, Minister of Planning of Sierra Leone, H.E Momodu Lamin Kargo and the g7+ Eminent Person, H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão paid a visit to Portugal. They and other members of the organization were received by the Portuguese National Assembly and the President, H.E. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

After that meeting, Xanana Gusmão, member of the Advisory Board of the international organization, announced that a European representation will be opened in Portugal with the support of the Lisbon Town Hall.

The g7+ is a voluntary association of countries that are or have been affected by conflict and are now in transition to the next stage of development. The g7+ group of countries was established to give a collective voice to conflict-affected states, and a platform for learning and support between member countries. The group, currently comprised of 20 countries, promotes country-owned and country-led planning mechanisms and recommends major changes in the way international partners engage in conflict-affected environments.

On 10 April 2010, Timor-Leste held the inaugural meeting of g7+, the meeting during which the members expressed their willingness to establish a group as an international organization, to continue to meet regularly and to share experience and projects.

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