Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


Senior Officials´ Technical Meetings begin at the NAM 2016 Summit


Senior officials´ technical meetings marking the beginning of the 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Margarita Island began on Tuesday under the slogan of “United for the path of peace.”

During the first day of the Summit, which will finish on September 18th, the technical working groups that will lead to the meeting of the foreign ministers of the member countries and subsequently to the conference of Heads of State and Government were installed; on that occasion Venezuela will assume the presidency of the Movement until 2019.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodríguez, emphasized that emancipation, anti-imperialism and peace are the defining banners for this 17th NAM Summit. The Movement, founded in 1961 and made up of 120 member countries, is an important forum for political consultation which has played a key role in strengthening peace and international security.

Venezuela in the Presidency

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will preside over the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) for three years, at the same time it occupies the presidency of UNASUR and MERCOSUR.

The NAM presidency, held on a rotating basis by members from the different geographical regions that make up the Movement, will be handed over by Iran to Venezuela, the host country for the 17th NAM Summit.

Venezuela supports and actively promotes the principles of non-alignment, convinced of the need to ensure peace and the economic and social development of peoples.

Likewise, the Homeland of Bolívar believes that multilateralism, driven by NAM, is important to encourage dialogue and international cooperation in line with the principles and purposes of the UN Charter with a view to the creation of a multipolar system based on unrestricted respect for the norms and principles of international law.

In the last 17 years, Venezuela has actively projected itself worldwide, achieving significant binational and multilateral partnerships for the benefit of the peoples and tirelessly advocating the formation of the new world, free from imperial hegemonies and constantly searching for peace, sovereignty and solidarity for development, key concepts that Venezuela will continue promoting through Bolivarian Peace Diplomacy in all international arenas.