Senior Officials´ Technical Meetings begin at the NAM 2016 Summit
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.
"United Nations, now, in the 21st Century and for the third millennium, should focus all of its efforts, to the utmost, on moral, intellectual, scientific, social, cultural, economic and financial order, in the fight against the demons of hunger, poverty and death that scourge our planet."
"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
"We must speak clearly and firmly on this point: during the United Nations’ 70 years of existence, the Palestinian people have faced a constant lack of respect for the most basic rights, and it is shameful that this organisation has known about the situation since it was founded and to date no political solution to the conflict has been reached"
"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"