countries in mobilising resources for development.
The Ministers expressed concern at the “new protectionism” in the form of labour standards, environment standards, other social and human rights standards and technical, sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards which are coming to the core, and totally rejected all attempts to use these issues as conditionalities and pretexts for restricting market access or aid and technology flows to developing countries or linking them to the multilateral trade negotiations. In this context, the Ministers underscored the importance of increased technical assistance to the developing countries for building their capacity. The Ministers urged States and relevant organizations of the United Nations system to enhance international co-operation and to take the necessary steps, including the fulfilment of the commitments on ODA, in order to achieve the international goals of full and decent employment and the effective realisation of the fundamental principles and rights at work.
The Ministers reiterated the concern expressed by the NAM in its Declaration at the 91st International Labour Conference over the current methods and procedures for supervising labour standards. They welcomed international co-operation as an important contribution to the effective realisation of International Labour Standards and, to this end, they particularly regarded as a necessity the effective review and improvement of the working methods of the Committee on the Application of Standards for the sake of transparency and impartiality.
The Ministers recognised the right of all States to determine freely their own political, economic and social system. The Non-Aligned Movement condemned the continued application by certain countries of extra-territorial measures and legislation, and their imposition of unilateral coercive economic measures against certain developing countries, and reaffirmed that no State may use or encourage the use of economic, political or any other type of measures to coerce another State, including through non- extension of Most Favoured Nations (MFN) status with the view to preventing these countries from the exercise of their right to determine, of their total free will, their own political, economic and social system. They reiterated the Movement’s call on all States not to recognise the unilateral, extraterritorial laws enacted by certain countries which impose sanctions on companies and individuals belonging to other countries, since these measures and legislation threaten the sovereignty of States, adversely affect their social and economic development, marginalise developing countries from the process of globalisation, and are contrary to international law, the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter, the norms and principles governing peaceful relations among States, and agreed principles of the multilateral trading system and WTO rules.
The Ministers emphasized the need to ensure compensation of losses by countries which resort to unilateral coercive economic measures, bearing in mind that enforcement of such unilateral measures have inflicted grave and irreparable losses including heavy financial and human toll on targeted developing countries.
The Ministers emphasized that the core resources are the bedrock of the activities of the funds and programs of the UN and, while appreciating the countries that have increased their core resource contributions and thereby reversed the chronic trend of decline of regular resources, stressed that the UN funds and programs should be provided with stable and adequate resource base and that the developed countries should increase their