The 18th NAM Mid-Term Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement kicked off in Azerbaijan, Baku under the theme "Promoting international peace and security for sustainable development". More than 800 delegates from NAM member states, observer countries and international organizations are taking part in the conference.
The Ethiopian delegation led by Mrs. Hirut Zemen, State Foreign Minister, attended the meeting, which was preceded by the Senior Officials meeting on 3-4 April as part of the preparation process. The Ethiopian delegation made two statements.
Delivering remark on behalf of the Africa Group, Mrs. Hirut Zemene reaffirmed Africa's commitment to the values and principles of the NAM, including the promotion and preservation of the principles of multilateralism, peaceful settlement of conflicts, and dialogue among civilizations, among others. The Minister underlined the need to strengthening of the cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations in conflict prevention, management, resolution and post conflict reconstruction and development as well as peace-building initiatives through the UN-AU Joint Framework for Enhancing Partnership on Peace and Security. She also affirmed African Group's call for the implementation of Agenda 2030, AU 2063 Agenda and Africa's commitment to end violent conflict on the continent by 2020 through the Silencing the Guns Roadmap.
Speaking on her national capacity, the State Minister stressed that as the world enters a new challenging era with the rise of geo-political tensions among major powers and resumption of arms race, NAM with two-third of the membership of the United Nations is uniquely placed to make a meaningful contribution in the efforts to addressing the new and emerging global peace and security threats. Expressing the need for the Movement to refocus on such issues that unites its members, the State Minister called for the revitalization of the NAM so that it could play its traditional role as the custodian of the respect for principles of international law governing inter-state relations, multilateralism and prioritization of diplomacy in the resolution of conflicts.
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