NAM summit ends in Sharm El Sheikh with approval of declaration
The 15th Non- Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit of heads of state or government wrapped up here Thursday, with the approval of final documents and a summit declaration urging closer solidarity among member states to address global threats and challenges and promote world peace and development, Xinhua reported.
At the two-day summit, heads of state or government from over 100 NAM countries all over the world focused their debate on the summit theme of International Solidarity for Peace and Development as well as on current hotspot international and regional issues, such as global financial crisis, climate change, Middle East peace, food security, energy and nuclear problems.
The Sharm El Sheikh Declaration, signed by the NAM leaders Thursday in the Egyptian Red Sea city, is supposed to be an outlined edition of the summit's final document, expounding the strategy and action plan of the movement in the future three years.
According to the declaration, the heads of state and government of the NAM countries reiterate their strong commitment to the purposes and the principles of the United Nations Charter and international laws.
The leaders are determined to revitalize and reinvigorate NAM's role and influence as the principal political platform representing developing countries in multilateral fora, in particular the United Nations, says the declaration.
They vow to enhance the strengthening and revitalization progress of the movement through concrete measures, at all levels, and in different multilateral fora, and to maximize the ability of NAM to deal with the current rapidly evolving global situations, crises and challenges.
The declaration also states NAM's positions and goals on disarmament, international security, peacekeeping and peace- building, human rights and democracy, self determination, issue of Palestinians, UN reform, the world financial and economic crises, food security, development issue, pandemics, civil society, climate change, energy problem, human trafficking, international terrorism and dialogue among civilizations and religions.
Formally founded in September 1961, NAM now groups 118 member states, 17 observer countries and 10 observer organizations. The Movement, which includes nearly two-thirds of UN member states and comprises 55 percent of the world population, focuses on striving for the interests of developing countries all over the world.