Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO)

Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Surinam, Venezuela and Colombia comprise the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO). Its Permanent Secretariat has been operating in Brasilia since 2002.

The organization aims to become a cooperation, exchange, knowledge and joint projection forum, allowing its member countries to face the international challenges that emerge relating to the Amazon. ACTO’s supreme body is the Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and at a national level, each country has a Permanent National Commission, serving as instance in charge of applying the Amazon Cooperation Treaty’s provisions.

The Strategic Plan 2004-2012 guided ACTO’s cooperation activities and efforts until the X Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member Countries of ACTO, which took place in 2010. During said Meeting, a Strategic Amazonian Cooperation Agreement was approved. It includes an 8-year plan that was structured based on two axes: the preservation and sustainable use of natural resources and economic and social development.

Colombia is an active participant of the dialogue and agreement initiatives of the Organization and has organized a significant amount of workshops and meetings within said framework.