17th Ministerial Conference of NAM held in Algiers
The 17th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) took place in Algiers on 28-29 May 2014 under the theme "Enhanced solidarity for peace and prosperity".
The conference brought together more than 70 Foreign Ministers from Asia, Africa and Latin America. H.E.M. Juan Evo Morales, president of Bolivia and chairman of the G77, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, former president of South of Africa and Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, former special representative of the SG of the UN and Mrs. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African union commission participated to this event. Some 18 countries and 24 international and regional organizations were also invited to this conference.
The ministerial meeting offered the opportunity to NAM members to assess the situation and to take necessary decisions to revitalize the NAM. In the opening ceremony, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the presence of foreign ministers of member states in the 17th ministerial conference of the NAM signifies the prominent role of Algeria as a key member of the movement at the current situation of the world.
The South African Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation welcomed for his part "the ongoing commitment of Algeria in the achievement of the movement’s goals and its contribution to the development of the movement’s role in addition to the study of international issues of common interest."
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, H.E.M. Ramtane Lamamra underlined the fact that the conference allowed "an accurate and overall perspective on the common interests, including the revival of our approach and the innovative nature of positions.
"The force of our Conference will cement our cohesion and will strengthen our coordination in the questions of peace, security and development," Lamamra said in his closing address.
At the end of the two-day conference, the Foreign Ministers of Non-Aligned countries underlined the need to strengthen cooperation within the Movement.
The participants agreed on the success of this conference that culminated in the adoption of Algiers Declaration and five other statements that will reinforce the movement’s process according to the current requirements.
Following the 17th ministerial conference of the NAM, the first ministerial meeting of NAM-G77 Joint Coordination Committee was held on the 30 May. This meeting coincided with the 50th anniversary of the creation of G77.
Algeria's initiative in holding such a meeting aims at shaping reinforced coordination on economic and environmental issues, including those related to climate change and put on the agenda of the UN system.
In his opening address at the NAM-G77 Joint Coordination Committee H.E.M. Ramtane Lamamra, the Minister of Foreign Affairs underlined the need to reinforce joint action for "revived multilateralism."
He indicated that "The multilateralism should include comprehensive solutions to global financial crisis with the involvement of all countries" and "the crisis has revealed the vulnerability of the economic and financial system, hence the need for deep reform of all the international financial architecture."
With regards to implementation of the millennium development goals (MDGs) and the preparation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the minister said that the two issues represent a double challenge for the member states of the NAM and G77.
The joint statement issued at the end of the meeting reaffirmed the complementarity of the two organizations and their full solidarity. The statement also confirmed that fifty-nine years after Bandung Conference (1955) and fifty years after Geneva meeting (1964), "the ideals and objectives underlined in these two historic declarations are still valid."