Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Formal Name: Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.

Established: Initial agreement endorsed February 4–5, 1981, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; constitution formally adopted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on May 25–26, 1981.

Purpose: “(i) To achieve coordination, integration, and cooperation among the member states in all fields in order to bring about their unity; (ii) to deepen and strengthen the bonds of cooperation existing among their peoples in all fields; (iii) to draw up similar systems in all fields …; and (iv) to promote scientific and technical progress in the fields of industry, minerals, agriculture, sea wealth, and animal wealth… for the good of the peoples of the member states.”

Headquarters: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Principal Organs: Supreme Council; Ministerial Council; General Secretariat; various economic, social, industrial ...

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