On November 10, 2010, the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) adopted a resolution on the “Fight Against the Production and Sale of Fake Drugs and Counterfeit Medicinal Products” during its 92nd session in Brussels.
Mid-September 2010, the Fondation Chirac and its partners, accompanied by Michèle Boccoz, Ambassador of France in Belgium, presented the work launched in Cotonou in October 2009 against falsified medicines to the Ambassadors of the ACP.
The Council of Ministers of the ACP motivated its decision by reaffirming the support of its member countries for the Cotonou Declaration. The resolution calls on the international community to support the Fondation Chirac and other institutions in their work in fight against falsified medicines. This resolution also reaffirms the support of the ACP States for the resolution adopted by the Heads of State and Government during the Summit of the Francophonie at Montreux, October 24, 2010.
The Fondation Chirac welcomes the decision of the ACP Group: it reinforces the voices of the numerous Heads of State and Government that signed the Cotonou Declaration.
Read the resolution “Fight Against the Production and Sale of Fake Drugs and Counterfeit Medicinal Products” (pdf)
Launched October 2009 at the initiative of Jacques Chirac, Thomas Boni Yayi, President of Benin, and Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso, this political declaration raises awareness in the international community on the growing danger of the traffic of falsified medicines and urges signatory states to put into practice “without delay, inviolable policies for universal access to quality medication that comply with the Millennium Development Goals,” and elaborate law enforcement mechanisms to control the distribution of medication and to reinforce the right of the sick to access quality controlled medicines.
In November 2010, over 40 Heads of State and Government have signed the Cotonou Declaration.