PGA urges Non-Aligned Movement to encourage development of new Southern partnerships

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John Ashe

In the face of numerous complex global challenges, both enduring and emerging, the solidarity of the member States of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is more critical than ever, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Friday.

He said against a backdrop of increasing impacts from climate change, inequality between and among countries, and more than a billion people still living in extreme poverty, cooperation among and between the member States of NAM will be imperative for improving socio-economic development for their citizens.

“While the original purpose of NAM has indeed changed, this group of nations is evolving with times, taking up new priorities and broadening its scope. In many ways you are diverse group, and yet you build your foundation upon your commonalities. As we move forward with the post 2015 development agenda, we will need to employ that very same strategy.”

General Assembly President John Ashe noted that founded upon the virtue of solidarity, NAM can provide a supportive platform to encourage the development of new Southern partnerships, and contribute to influencing outcomes on the global stage.

He said with the Non-Aligned Movement representing two-thirds of UN membership and fifty-five per cent (55%) of the world population, NAM, and its member countries, will be critical in all aspects of moving forward on defining and ultimately implementing the new agenda, which will not only have to build on the MDGs, but take into account a whole new range of additional considerations.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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