South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone (ZPCAS)
Zona de Paz y Cooperación del Atlántico Sur (Spanish)
Zona de Paz e Cooperação do Atlântico Sul (Portuguese)
Zone de Paix et de Coopération de l'Atlantique Sud (French)
The South Atlantic Peace and Co-operation Zone (ZPCSA) was established in 1986 by the countries of the West African coast and those bordering the South Atlantic. The Zone works as a catalyst for the promotion of dialogue and cooperation among the countries of the Atlantic coast of West Africa and South America. The ZPCSA was a Brazilian initiative looking at the broadening of an area for economic and commercial co-operation, for scientific and technical co-operation; and for initiatives of a political-diplomatic nature, aimed at environmental protection, denuclearisation and the settling of conflicts. It is an instrument that supplements other institutions and arrangements, and provides Member States with mechanisms to better coordinate their actions in facing common problems as to contribute to the promotion of democratic values, expansion of trade and investment, air and sea links and the intensification of South-South cooperation.
In September 1994 a Declaration on the Denuclearization of the South Atlantic was adopted at a meeting of States members of the zone held at Brasilia. The ZPCSA was an important instrument which contributed to the political approximation of Africa and South American countries.
Its flag is white with its emblem. The globe depicts the Atlantic region, and it is hold by two hands. Around the all, names of various languages are placed in color of the rainbow.