Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)

Mouvement des pays non alignés
Movimiento de Paises No Alineados (MNOAL)

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1961, Belgrade (Yugoslavia). Sometimes referred to as Movement of Non-Aligned Countries.


Reaffirm and attach special importance to the following principles: right of the peoples who are not yet free to freedom, self-determination and independence; respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states; the right of all states to equality and active participation in international affairs; the right of all sovereign nations to determine in full freedom the path of their internal political, economic, social and cultural development; the right of all peoples to the benefits of economic development and the fruits of the scientific and technological revolution; refraining from the threat or use of force; the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes. 'Basic aims of non-alignment': the pursuit of world peace and peaceful coexistence by strengthening the role of non-aligned countries within the United Nations so that it will be a more effective obstacle against all forms of aggressive action and the threat of the use of force against the freedom, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of any country; the fight against colonialism and racism which are a negation of human equality and dignity; the settlement of disputes by peaceful means; the ending of the arms race followed by universal disarmament; opposition to Great Power military bases and other foreign troops on the soil of other nations in the context of Great Power conflicts and colonial and racist suppression; the universality of and the stating of strengthening of the efficacy of the United Nations; the struggle for economic and mutual cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

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Current special concerns include a New World Information and Communication Order (NWICO) and continuing imbalances and inequalities in this field. The Intergovernmental Council for Coordination of Cooperation of Non-Aligned Countries in the Field of Information and Communication aims to ensure that each non-aligned country creates the necessary material, technical and personnel conditions for cooperation this field. Non-Aligned News Agency Pool (NANAP) facilitates the concerted objective of member states and Broadcasting Organizations of the Non-aligned Countries (BONAC) is also concerned in this arena. Work is going ahead on compiling the status of telecommunications facilities in the non-aligned countries and on encouraging bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the application of modern technology in the area of telecommunications and the mass media. Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S and T Centre) promotes cooperation and stimulates joint research and development projects and training programmes. Set up: Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM CSSTC). The following committees and groups are or were connected with the Non-Aligned Movement:

 • Non-Aligned Committee on Solidarity Fund for Southern Africa;

 • Non-aligned Countries Contact Group on Cyprus;

 • Non-aligned Countries Group on Education and Culture;

 • Non-aligned Countries Group on Environment;

 • Non-aligned Countries Group on Housing;

 • Non-aligned Countries Group on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy;

 • Non-aligned Countries Group for Standardization, Weights, Measures and Quality Control;

 • Non-aligned Countries Working Group on Disarmament and International Security;

 • Non-aligned Countries Working Group for the Solidarity Fund for the Liberation of Southern Africa;

 • Non-Aligned High-Level Working Group for the Restructuring of the United Nations.


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Relations with 21 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 10 non-governmental organizations.
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  • Government
    • Government
  • Development
    • Development
  • Peace
    • Rights
  • Freedom
    • Freedom

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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