| Special Declaration on the Fortieth Anniversary of the
Founding of the Non-Aligned Movement, New York, 14 November 2001
We, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and the Heads of Delegation of
Member States of the Non-Aligned Movement, gathering in New York on the occasion of the
fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement, respectfully recalledthe
vision, leadership and commitment of the founding fathers of the Movement in their effort
to establish a world of peace and equality for all.
We reaffirm our commitment to the founding principles of the Movement
and reiterate our belief in the continuing validity of these principles in guiding the
Movement in its activities in the international arena. We also re-emphasise the importance
of strengthening the solidarity and unity of the Movement in addressing the challenges
facing developing countries. In this regard we reiterate the importance of collective
action by the Movement and the need for it to expand its leadership role in promoting
international peace, security and development, as well as the interests of developing
countries in a globalised world.
We acknowledge that the world today is far different from the bipolar
world of the Cold War, which confronted the founding fathers of our Movement.
Consequently, it is imperative for the Movement to consider its priorities continuously to
ensure that the Movement has the ability and capacity to participate in all fields of
At our last Summit Conference held in Durban in 1998, we identified
poverty as the single most devastating threat facing our people and that the eradication
of poverty is an economic imperative for global well being. In this regard we recall that
the leaders of the world, gathered at the Millennium Summit in 2000, acknowledged our
collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity
at a global level and also committed to spare no effort to free humankind of the abject
and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty. We stress the importance of full and early
implementation of the commitments made in this regard in the Millennium Declaration.
We affirm the determination of the Non-Aligned Movement in finding
solutions for the problems facing developing countries in accordance with the principles,
objectives and decisions of the Movement. We remain committed to engage the North and
Multilateral institutions on the implementation of faster and deeper debt relief through
the Enhanced Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC), to implement the
commitments of the Third United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries, and to
support the leaders of the African continent in their endeavour to uplift their continent
through the New Partnership for Africas Development.
In all this we recognise the important role the United Nations. We
reiterate our commitment to the Charter of the United Nations and call on all the members
of the international community to continue strengthening the organisation in order to
establish a world of peace, stability, democracy and equality and to promote human rights
and fundamental freedoms.