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27 MAY 2011
At Indonesia Non-Aligned Movement Ministerial (NAM) Meeting:
PHL URGES NAM TO REDOUBLE EFFORTS IN PROMOTING DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
27 May 2011 Bali, Indonesia The Philippines urged the 119-strong Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to redouble efforts in promoting democracy and good governance, describing both as “imperatives” similar to the Movement’s historic fight against colonialism.
Speaking at the General Debate of the 15 th Ministerial Conference and Commemorative Meeting of the NAM on the theme: “Shared Vision on the contribution of NAM for the next 50 years, Honorable Jose S. Brillantes, Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines and Head of Delegation, emphasized that “While we must cherish our past and rededicate ourselves to our principles, we must also broaden the horizons of our movement.”
Recalling NAM’s inception more than 50 years ago, Undersecretary Brillantes pointed out in his address, “The driving force that brought us together then, was the fight for national freedom, not individual freedom. Today, democracy and good governance are as imperative as our historic fight against colonialism.”
Undersecretary Brillantes stressed the need for a paradigm shift for the movement, one that replaced “the old dogma of national liberation with a commitment to democracy and good governance.” Underscoring the need for greater cooperation between and among members of the NAM, Undersecretary Brillantes also identified concerns of key importance to the Movement such as, among others, the scourge of nuclear weapons, the United Nations’ central role in global peace and security, and the rights of migrant workers.
In a statement following the address, Undersecretary Brillantes said, “Adherence to democracy and the institutionalization of good governance will help create the enabling environment that will allow nations and peoples to participate actively and share in the fruits of sustained global peace, progress and prosperity.”
“The Philippines, under President Benigno S. Aquino III, is fully committed to democratic values and good governance and we will do our utmost to work with our partners in NAM, at the UN and other international and regional fora, to ensure that the horizons of democracy are broadened and that good governance serves as the framework for success.”
NAM is a group of states considering themselves not aligned formally with or against any major power bloc. As of 2011, the movement had 118 members and 20 observer countries. Founded in 1961, NAM was seen as a middle course for states in the Developing World between the Western and Eastern blocs during the Cold War.
The purpose of the organization as stated in the Havana Declaration of 1979 is to ensure "the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries" in their "struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics."
NAM represents nearly two-thirds of the United Nations' members and 55% of the world population, particularly countries considered to be developing.END
Reference:Robert E.A. Borje
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