VENEZUELA AT THE HELM OF NAM

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This Septem­ber, be­tween 13 and 18, the Bo­li­var­ian Repub­lic of Venezuela be­came the third Latin Amer­i­can coun­try to as­sume the lead­er­ship of the Non-Aligned Move­ment. Pre­vi­ously, it had been chaired by Cuba in 1979 and 2006 (twice), Colom­bia in 1995 and now Venezuela, which will pre­side un­til 2019.

We have no doubt that dur­ing this pe­riod, Venezuela will es­tab­lish it­self as a faith­ful driver of this mul­ti­lat­eral or­gan­i­sa­tion that brings to­gether 120 coun­tries world­wide. Pres­i­dent Ni­colás Maduro was thank­ful for the sup­port and said this pe­riod “will be used with firm­ness and loy­alty for the cause of our peo­ple’’.

In 1955, NAM was pre­ceded by the Afro-Asian con­fer­ence in Ban­dung, In­done­sia. On this date, 29 heads of state of the two con­ti­nents gath­ered to clar­ify and de­fine joint poli­cies to over­come de­coloni­sa­tion ini­ti­ated af­ter the end of World War II.

Af­ter the Ban­dung Con­fer­ence, six years later in Belgrade in 1961, NAM was born, rais­ing the flags of the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal sovereignty against hege­monic pow­ers of the so-called first world.

The NAM to­day is the world’s sec­ond-largest or­gan­i­sa­tion by rep­re­sen­ta­tion, af­ter the United Na­tions, which means a great op­por­tu­nity for Venezuela to demon­strate its com­mit­ment to mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and con­trib­ute to spon­sor plans, projects and res­o­lu­tions defin­ing pro­pos­als and poli­cies that lead to peace in the world, re­spect for sovereignty, ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and equal­ity of na­tions.

Venezuela, along with 53 African coun­tries, 39 from Asia, 26 from Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean, plus two Euro­pean coun­tries, will now stim­u­late poli­cies of pro­found so­cial con­tent, pro­pose projects of sol­i­dar­ity co­op­er­a­tion, with­out dom­i­nant pre­ten­sions and ad­her­ence to the prin­ci­ples of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion for the peo­ple.

Venezuela will lead and pro­mote, in NAM, the South-South co­op­er­a­tion based on mu­tual in­ter­est and re­spect for the na­tional sovereignty of each coun­try.

We will fol­low the route ex­pressed by the Com­man­der Hugo Chávez in his mes­sage to the Africa-South Amer­ica Sum­mit III in Mal­abo, Equa­to­rial Guinea, in 2013. “Our South-South co­op­er­a­tion must be a gen­uine and a per­ma­nent link of joint work that should unite all its strate­gies and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment plans to­wards the South’’.

There are many, per­haps 100, tasks that to­day will have to be ad­dressed. Sev­eral of them are pri­or­ity: to democra­tise in­terna- tional re­la­tions, con­front the hege­monic projects spon­sored from some north­ern coun­tries; and the at­tempts at dom­i­na­tion that harm the sovereignty of the coun­tries of the South.

Claim­ing the char­ac­ter of mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism as an op­tion to ad­dress global chal­lenges is a pri­or­ity re­quire­ment Venezuela would know how to com­ply with this de­mand. It is es­sen­tial that we all un­der­stand the need for a multi-po­lar world where peace, free­dom and de­vel­op­ment are col­lec­tive prin­ci­ples.

The vast ma­jor­ity of hu­man­ity to­day calls for non-in­ter­fer­ence in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of other na­tions and re­spect for the will of the peo­ple. These are part of the prob­lems to be ad­dressed at the global level, while un­der­stand­ing that NAM has both old and new chal­lenges.

This month, the Bo­li­var­ian Repub­lic of Venezuela as­sumes the pres­i­dency of NAM with a com­mit­ment to join ef­forts to con­front and stop a new wave of im­pe­ri­al­ist char­ac­ter, which aims to re-colonise and sub­due the peo­ple of the world.

We all have a chal­lenge, to strengthen the work for peace and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity. Then Venezuela will make greater ef­forts to be ac­com­pa­nied on the in­ter­na­tional chess­board. No one can deny that the South ev­ery day be­comes in­creas­ingly im­por­tant on the in­ter­na­tional scene. No one can deny that the South plays a sub­stan­tive role to es­tab­lish new forms of co­ex­is­tence on the planet.

Ev­ery day hu­man­ity rebels against those who try to jus­tify dom­i­nant and ex­clu­sion­ary po­si­tions and to this re­al­ity. The South must es­tab­lish it­self as an im­por­tant fac­tor in pro­mot­ing ini­tia­tives that em­pha­sise the con­fer­ence of Ban­dung (In­done­sia) and the emer­gence of NAM, which since its found­ing, de­clared the fight against all forms of im­pe­rial dom­i­na­tion. Venezuela de­clares it­self ready to guar­an­tee the right to the fu­ture of the peo­ple of the South.

NAM IS THE WORLD’S SEC­OND LARGEST OR­GAN­I­SA­TION, AF­TER THE UNITED NA­TIONS

VENEZUELA AS­SUMES THE PRES­I­DENCY OF THE NON-ALIGNED MOVE­MENT WITH A COM­MIT­MENT TO JOIN EF­FORTS TO CON­FRONT AND STOP A NEW WAVE OF IM­PE­RI­AL­IST CHAR­AC­TER, WHICH AIMS TO RE-COLONISE AND SUB­DUE THE PEO­PLE OF THE WORLD

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Non-Aligned Move­ment founders In­dia’s Jawa­har­lal Nehru, Ghana’s Kwame Nku­rumah, Egypt’s Ga­mal Ab­del Nasser and In­done­sia’s Ach­mad Sukarno

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