NAM CSSTC’s Participation to NAM Coordinating Bureau Ministerial Meeting in Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM CSSTC) attended the “NAM Coordinating Bureau Ministerial Meeting” in Caracas, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, between 20th to 21st July, 2019. The Conference was held under the theme “Promotion and Consolidation of Peace through Respect for International Law.”
During the Conference, NAM CSSTC’s delegates delivered statements as follows:
- Providing general overview of NAM CSSTC, including its vision, number of programmes that have been implemented since 2001 and Governing Council membership;
- Encouraging member countries to pay more attention to unemployment issue as one of key causes of conflict. It was emphasised that South-South Cooperation (SSC) activities in the field of agriculture, fisheries, health, women’s empowerment and energy could spur job creation;
- The opportunity to deliver statement was also utilised by NAM CSSTC to encourage support and contribution from member countries in maintaining the sustainability of SSC, as well as to express its readiness cooperating with member countries in order to ensure more effective promotion and consolidation of peace;
- Delegations of member countries were invited to attend “International Energy Conference ASTECHNOVA 2019” which will be held by NAM CSSTC and Faculty of Engineering-Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) between 30th October to 1st November, 2019 in Yogyakarta (Indonesia). In addition, scholarships for master and doctoral degrees in engineering at UGM were also offered to member countries.
The Conference was officially commenced by Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela / Chairperson to the Conference, H.E. Mr. Jorge Arreaza Montserrat. In the opening speech, he stated that multilateralism context under NAM framework made it relevant forum for strengthening multilateralism which could hamper unilateralism phenomenon (find more information with regard to the Conference at its website at http://mnoal.org/caracascobmm).
The Final Document consists of several key points on SSC, including affirmation to the role and contribution of SSC for economic development of developing countries and implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. It also stressed the need to strengthen cooperation with African countries, particularly in agriculture, education, health, environment, exchange of knowledge and know-how. Clause related to NAM CSSTC is set forth in item 800.7 of the document, which recognises its positive contribution to the achievement of SDGs through implementation of training and capacity-building programmes for NAM member countries.
NAM was officially established during First NAM Summit in 1961 in Beograd, Serbia (then Yugoslavia) aiming at achieving collective independence among developing countries based on principles of solidarity, mutual opportunity and mutual benefit.
Download “Statement of Assistant Director for Programme of NAM CSSTC, Niken Supraba” here.