By Oleen Ndori
The Non-Aligned Movement-NAM has called for an end to occupation and neo-colonialism across the globe.
The call comes as the international organisation made up of developing countries marks its 60th anniversary.
Delegations from more than 105 countries are attending the Non-Aligned Movement summit in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.
The two-day summit marks the 60th anniversary of the first conference held in the then Yugoslavia in 1961.
Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Ambassador Fredrick Shava says the organisation continues to push for international cooperation and respect for human rights.
“As we celebrate the successes which we have achieved, we should equally acknowledge the enormity of the work still to be done including outstanding challenges such as the sovereignty and independence of the peoples of Western Sahara and Palestine. There are also new and emerging challenges that we need to confront such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism,” said Minister Shava.
“Our Movement is founded on our mutual understanding of the indispensability of multilateralism as the bedrock of the collective survival of humanity in the global village. The Movement has continued to be guided by the Bandung Principles, rooted in respect for human rights, equality of nations and of all races, dialogue and peaceful settlement of disputes and conflicts, as well as international cooperation and partnerships. These are enduring values that are eternally relevant.”
The Non-Aligned Movement’s 60th anniversary is focusing on the calls for reforming the United Nations to create synergies and stronger partnerships that can proffer lasting solutions to several challenges facing the global community.