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Community Of Portuguese Language Countries Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

  1. 1. 12/20/2009 Community of Portuguese Language Co… Community of Portuguese Language Countries From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Community of Portuguese Language Countries Comunidade dos Países de Língua (Portuguese: Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa Portuguesa, pronounced [kumuniˈdad(ɨ) duʃ pɐˈizɨʒ dɨ ˈlĩɡwɐ Community of Portuguese Language puɾtuˈɡezɐ] (EP), [komuniˈdadʒi dus paˈiziz dʒi ˈlĩɡwa poɾtu Countries ˈɡezɐ] (BP); abbreviated to CPLP) is the intergovernmental organization for friendship among lusophone (Portuguese- speaking) nations where Portuguese is an official language. The Portuguese-speaking countries are home to more than 223 million people located across the globe. The CPLP nations have a combined area of about 10,772,000 square Flag kilometres (4,159,000 sq mi). Contents 1 The formation and member states 1.1 Members 1.2 Officially interested countries and regions Headquarters Lisbon, Portugal 2 Summits 38°46′N 9°11′W 3 The importance of the CPLP Official language Portuguese 4 The CPLP system Eight countries (plus three 4.1 Executive secretaries Membership associate members) 5 Main initiatives Leaders 6 See also - Executive Domingos Simões Pereira 7 References Secretariat 8 External links Establishment 1996 Website The formation and member states The CPLP was formed in 1996 with seven countries: Portugal, Brazil, the former colony in South America, and five former colonies in Africa — Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe. East Timor joined the community in 2002 after gaining independence. The CPLP is a bloc in the process of construction and the societies of the eight member nations have little knowledge of each other. One of the features of the CPLP is that its members are linked by a common language and shared cultural features, which form a bridge among countries separated by great distances and on different continents. In 2005, during a meeting in Luanda, the ministers of culture of the eight countries declared the 5 May as the Lusophone Culture Day (Dia da Cultura Lusófona in Portuguese). In July 2006, during the Bissau summit, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius were admitted as Associate Observers[1] along with 17 International associations and organizations considered as Consultative Observers. When the CPLP was formed, Equatorial Guinea asked for observer status. Equatorial Guinea was a Portuguese colony from the 15th to 18th centuries and has some territories where Portuguese-based creole languages are spoken and cultural connections with São Tomé and Príncipe and Portugal are felt. Also, the country has recently cooperated with Portuguese-speaking African countries and Brazil at an educational level. At the CPLP summit of July 2004, in São Tomé and Príncipe, the member states agreed to change the statutes of the community to accept states as associate observers. Equatorial Guinea is in discussion for full membership.[2] Mauritius, which was unknown to Europeans until the Portuguese sailed there and has strong connections with Mozambique, also obtained associate observer status in 2006. In 2008, Senegal, with historical connections to Portuguese colonisation in Casamance, was admitted as Associate Observer. Members Year Continent Population Country Status Official language joined Portugal member 1996 Portuguese Europe 10,617,575 South Brazil member 1996 Portuguese 186,757,608 America Angola member 1996 Portuguese Africa 15,941,000 Mozambique member 1996 Portuguese Africa 21,397,000 ……/Community_of_Portu… 1/4
  2. 2. 12/20/2009 Community of Portuguese Language Co… associate Spanish, French and Equatorial Guinea 2006 Africa 1,014,999 observer Portuguese associate Mauritius 2006 English Africa 1,264,866 observer associate Senegal 2008 French Africa 11,658,000 observer Officially interested countries and regions Possible Official Country/Region Interested Continent Population Reference date of Status language discussion 2010 - VIII associate [1] ( CPLP Andorra Catalan Europe 71,822 member 55413C2530C7%7D) Summit - Luanda 2010 - VIII associate [2] ( CPLP Morocco Arabic Africa 33,757,175 member 55413C2530C7%7D) Summit - Luanda 2010 - VIII associate Filipino and [3] ( CPLP Philippines Asia 90,500,000 member English 55413C2530C7%7D) Summit - Luanda 2012 - IX associate South Venezuela Spanish 26,814,843 [4] ( CPLP member America Summit 2012 - IX associate Croatia Croatian Europe 4,453,500 [5] ( CPLP member Summit 2012 - IX associate Romania Romanian Europe 22,246,862 [6] ( CPLP member Summit 2012 - IX associate Ukraine Ukrainian Europe 46,372,700 [7] ( CPLP member Summit associate In Indonesia Indonesian Asia 237,512,352 [8] ( member negotiations Pending associate Galician and Spanish Galicia Europe 2,783,100 [9] ( member Spanish Government approval [10] ( Pending Portuguese, associate Chinese Macau Chinese Asia 520,400 3BA0-4340-A9FE- member Government (Cantonese) 55413C2530C7%257D+Andorra+Marrocos+Macau+Filipinas+CPLP&hl=pt- approval PT&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=pt) Pending associate Malaysian Malacca Malay Asia 733,000 [11] ( member Government approval ……/Community_of_Portu… 2/4
  3. 3. 12/20/2009 Community of Portuguese Language Co… Summit Country City Year I CPLP Summit Portugal Lisbon 1996 II CPLP Summit Cape Verde Praia 1998 III CPLP Summit Mozambique Maputo 2000 IV CPLP Summit Brazil Brasilia 2002 V CPLP Summit São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé 2004 VI CPLP Summit Guinea-Bissau Bissau 2006 VII CPLP Summit Portugal Lisbon 2008 VIII CPLP Summit Angola Luanda 2010 The importance of the CPLP The Portuguese-speaking countries are home to more than 223 million people located across the globe but having cultural similarities and a shared history. The CPLP nations have a combined area of about 10,742,000 square kilometres (4,148,000 sq mi), which is larger than Canada. Since its formation, the CPLP has helped to solve problems in São Tomé and Príncipe and in Guinea-Bissau, because of coups d'état in those countries. These two problems were solved, and in fact, have helped these two countries to take economic reforms (in the case of São Tomé) and democratic ones (in the case of Guinea-Bissau). The leaders of the CPLP believe that peace in Angola and Mozambique as well as East Timor's independence will favour the further development of the CPLP and a strengthening of multilateral cooperation. Since many children in rural areas of Lusophone Africa and East Timor are out-of-school youth, the education officials in these regions seek help from Portugal and Brazil to increase the education to spread Portuguese fluency (like establishing Instituto Camões language center branches in main cities and rural towns), as Portuguese is becoming one of the main languages in Southern Africa, where it is also taught in Namibia and South Africa. In many developing Portuguese-speaking nations, Portuguese is the language of government and commerce which means that Portuguese speaking people from African nations can work and communicate with others in different parts of the world, especially in Portugal and Brazil, where the economies are stronger. Many leaders of Portuguese-speaking nations in Africa are fearful that language standards do not meet the fluency required and are therefore making it compulsory in schools so that a higher degree of fluency is achieved and young Africans will be able to speak a world language that will help them later in life. The CPLP system The Organization’s Executive Secretariat is responsible for designing and implementing the CPLP's projects and initiatives. It is located in Lisbon, Portugal. The Executive Secretary has a two-year mandate, and can be re-elected only once. The CPLP's guidelines and priorities are established by biannual Conference of Heads of State and the Organization’s plan of action is approved by the Council of Foreign Ministers, which meets every year. There are also monthly meetings of the Permanent Steering Committee that follow specific initiatives and projects. The CPLP is mainly financed by its eight member states. The CPLP flag has now eight wings, not seven, to reflect East Timor's membership. Executive secretaries ame Took office Left office Country Marcolino Moco 17 July 1996 July 2000 Angola Dulce Maria Pereira July 2000 1 August 2002 Brazil João Augusto de Médicis 1 August 2002 April 2004 Brazil Zeferino Martins (Interim) April 2004 July 2004 Mozambique Luís de Matos Monteiro da Fonseca July 2004 July 2008 Cape Verde Domingos Simões Pereira 25 July 2008 Present Guinea-Bissau Main initiatives CPLP's HIV-Aids Programme – designed to help the 5 African member states Centre for the Development of Entrepreneurial Skills – being established in Luanda, Angola Centre for the Development of Public Administration – being established in Maputo, Mozambique Centre for East-Timorese Official Languages Conference on Malaria – to be held in São Tomé and Príncipe Portuguese Language Census Digital School and University ……/Community_of_Portu… 3/4
  4. 4. 12/20/2009 Community of Portuguese Language Co… The CPLP Movie festival See also Lusophone music CPLP Games Lusophony Games TV CPLP Flag of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries Lusitanic Francophonie Commonwealth of Nations Latin Union Portuguese Empire Geographic distribution of the Portuguese language Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) List of countries where Portuguese is an official language Commonwealth of Independent States References 1. ^ CPLP Associate Observers in CPLP ( Official website 2. ^ External links (Portugue se ) Official site of the CPLP ( (Portugue se ) Seminário da CPLP ( – Culture and Development of the CPLP (Portugue se ) Africanidade ( The African countries of the CPLP ELO ( Economic relations between the EU and the CPLP UCCLA ( Unity of the Capital Cities of Portuguese language Retrieved from "" Categories: Portuguese-speaking countries | Portuguese language | Foreign relations of Brazil | Foreign relations of Portugal | Lusophone culture | International organizations | United Nations General Assembly observers | Community of Portuguese Language Countries This page was last modified on 27 November 2009 at 06:40. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. See Terms of Use for details. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization. Contact us ……/Community_of_Portu… 4/4