capitalizing of local resources through interaction among development actors and partnership. In this context, while recognising that developing countries have the primary responsibilities for expanding ECDC/TCDC, through the strengthening of South-South Co-operation, the Heads of State or Government stressed the role that development partners, particularly donor countries, can play in supporting these endeavours, facilitating triangular co-operation and strengthening South institutions.
In order for the Movement to enhance its role at the international level, the Ministers reaffirmed the positions of the NAM Summits and Ministerial Meetings. They stressed the need to utilise fully and efficiently all existing mechanisms and institutions, such as the Troika, the Coordinating Bureau and all existing working groups, committees, the Non-Aligned Caucus of the Security Council, and establish new ones as appropriate; utilise more effectively the regular NAM Foreign Ministers Meetings; and expand, deepen and enrich South-South Co-operation. They also took note of the deliberations in the Interactive Ministerial Session held on 22 February 2003 in Kuala Lumpur on the theme “Continuing the Revitalisation of the Non-Aligned Movement.”
The Ministers welcomed the efforts undertaken by the Co-ordinating Bureau (CoB) to revive the relevant NAM mechanisms and are convinced that they would greatly contribute towards further enhancing the overall achievement of the goals and objectives of the Movement. They encouraged the CoB to continue to identify and implement other measures and modalities in the on-going efforts to revitalise the Movement.
The Ministers welcomed the strengthening of co-ordination among NAM countries in The Hague and Vienna, as well as the continued co-ordination in Geneva, and were convinced that these mechanisms would contribute to the unity and further increase the effectiveness of NAM in the multilateral fora. They emphasised the need for these mechanisms and the CoB in New York, in its capacity as the focal point for co- ordination, to continue to closely co-ordinate their activities in addressing the concerns of the Movement. They reiterated the importance of the strengthening of the co-ordination and co-operation between the NAM and the Group of 77 and China (G77) through the Joint Co-ordinating Committee (JCC) in the promotion and defence of the common interest of the developing countries. In this regard, they encouraged the JCC to meet on a regular basis, as necessary. They welcomed the meeting of the JCC which took place in New York in November 2003 and call on the NAM and G77 to continue to coordinate their activities.
The Ministers took note of the efforts of the CoB in establishing the Working Group on the Plan of Action on the Role of the NAM to formulate a Plan of Action in fulfilment of the request by their leaders as enumerated in paragraph 19 of the Final Document of the Kuala Lumpur Summit. They requested the CoB to continue its deliberations on the Plan of Action on the basis of the concrete measures contained in the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Continuing the Revitalisation of the Non-Aligned Movement.
The Ministers welcomed the initiative of the Government of Indonesia, to hold in co- operation with the Government of South Africa, the commemoration of the golden jubilee of the Asian-African Conference in Bandung, Indonesia in 2005. They welcomed the First Conference of the Asian-African Sub-Regional Organisations in Bandung, on 16 to 17 April 2003 and the Second Conference (AASROC II) to be held in Durban, South Africa on 19 to 20 August 2004. They believed that such an occasion could further