In May 2014 in Lomé, Togo, the g7+ Ministerial Forum agreed the g7+ Charter, further formalizing the g7+ membership. A year before that, in December 2013, the g7+ Secretariat was registered as an independent entity in Timor-Leste, where the g7+ Secretariat is located.
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 18 December 2019 adopted the resolution granting g7+ an observer status at the UN. This is a historical milestone in the journey of the g7+. The decision to apply for the observer status was taken during the 5th Ministerial meeting of g7+ in June 2019. Subsequently, the Permanent mission of Sierra Leone to the UN on behalf of the g7+ members submitted the request to the UN Secretary General upon which the item was included in the agenda of the 74th session of the General Assembly. The g7+ Secretariat worked along with the Permanent missions of Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste and other members in New York during the month of October to galvanize support for the resolution.
The Secretariat’s staff has been strengthened in order to better serve member countries and keep abreast of developments that affect the g7+, as well as to present opportunities for members to advocate for better international engagement in fragile states.
Today, four member countries have ratified the g7+ charter namely Afghanistan, Sao Tome e Principe, Sierra Leone and Timor-Leste. The g7+ Secretariat is now in the consultation process to register the g7+ charter at the United Nations.
The group have also expanded its presence in Europe by opening an European Hub in Lisbon, Portugal. The hub serves to convene g7+ meetings and further strengthening the g7+ communication with its member countries and development partners.