national sovereignty of States.
The Ministers recalled the decision of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Summit in Algiers in July 1999, calling for the restoration of constitution legality in States whose governments had come to power through unconstitutional means, and encouraged, in this context, Member States to continue to uphold the democratic ideals consistent with the Principles of the Movement
The Ministers recognised that the globalised economy offers great opportunities, but expressed concern that its benefits continue to be very unevenly shared and its costs unfairly distributed. They called for measures to ensure that developing countries participate in and benefit from globalisation. The Ministers noted that the gap between the developed and developing countries, especially the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), continues to widen, and expressed particular concern over the economic situation in the LDCs, the majority of which are in Africa. They reiterated that peace cannot be consolidated without rectifying the growing international inequalities. The Ministers reaffirmed the importance of all the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic and social fields, as well as the full implementation of all internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration, as an important step in addressing the urgent needs of developing countries.
The Role of the Non-Aligned Movement
The Ministers reaffirmed their irrevocable political and moral commitment to, and full respect for, the founding principles of the Movement as well as the principles set forth in the United Nations Charter. In order for the Movement to enhance its role at the international level, they agreed that the Movement must continue to work on expanding and reinforcing its ability and capacity for initiative, representation and negotiation, as well as its ethical, political and moral strength as the principal forum representing the interests and aspirations of the developing world. Furthermore, they recognised that the attainment of the objectives of the Movement hinges upon the solidarity of its Members, its unity and cohesion, founded on a culture of peace, development and co-operation. The Ministers reaffirmed that the solidarity among its members is a must for the Movement, mainly when NAM countries are threatened from abroad through acts of aggression, the threat to use force or unilateral coercive measures, all of which are, by nature, contrary to the principles of the Movement and of the international law.
The Ministers reiterated their resolve to achieve the goals outlined in the Kuala
Declaration on to implement
Continuing the Revitalisation of the concrete measures in the
the Non-Aligned Movement
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revitalising every effort
the Non-Aligned Movement, the Ministers re-emphasised the need to exert towards the promotion of multilateralism through strengthening of the United
Nations, as international development
an indispensable international organisation for the maintenance of peace and security, the promotion of human rights, social and economic and respect for international law, as enshrined in the Charter.
The Ministers noted the growing importance of Economic Co-operation among Developing Countries/Technical Co-operation among Developing Countries (ECDC/TCDC) for the enhancement of people-centred development as well as