Ministerial Meeting of the Non- Aligned Movement, Algeria 2014
The 17th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) took place in Algiers on 28-29 May 2014 under the theme “Enhanced solidarity for peace and prosperity”.
The conference brought together more than 70 Foreign Ministers from Asia, Africa and Latin America. H.E.M. Juan Evo Morales, president of Bolivia and chairman of the G77, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, former president of South of Africa and Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, former special representative of the SG of the UN and Mrs. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African union commission participated to this event. Some 18 countries and 24 international and regional organizations were also invited to this conference.
The ministerial meeting offered the opportunity to NAM members to assess the situation and to take necessary decisions to revitalize the NAM. In the opening ceremony, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the presence of foreign ministers of member states in the 17th ministerial conference of the NAM signifies the prominent role of Algeria as a key member of the movement at the current situation of the world.
At the end of the two-day conference, the Foreign Ministers of Non-Aligned countries underlined the need to strengthen cooperation within the Movement.
The participants agreed on the success of this conference that culminated in the adoption of Algiers Declaration and five other statements that will reinforce the movement’s process according to the current requirements.
Statement at the Ministerial Meeting of the Non- Aligned Movement-Algeria 2014
by H.E Seyed Mohammad Hassani
Director of NAM Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure for me to be in Algeria. It is also a great honor to be able to address such a distinguished gathering. I would first like to express my appreciation to Mr. Chairman and the distinguished delegations, for giving me the opportunity to present a short report about the Non-aligned Movement Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity activities to this august session.
Cultural diversity is a cherished asset for the advancement and welfare of humanity at large and should be valued, enjoyed, genuinely accepted and embraced as a permanent feature which enriches our societies.
Mutually respectful dialogue and cooperation among and between cultures and civilizations including in the field of human rights, would facilitate the promotion of a culture of tolerance and respect for diversity and contribute greatly to the enhancement of international cooperation in this field.
While dialogue and cooperation are essential for enriching the universality of human rights the cultural imposition and the efforts to eliminate cultural identities cause a major setback to the promotion of human rights, international solidarity, and enhancement of peace and support of sustained development.
The NAM center for human rights and cultural diversity based on its conceptual foundation, considers that the significance of national and regional particularities and various historical, cultural and religious backgrounds are vital elements in contribution for the building of international order based on inclusion, justice, equality and equity, human dignity, mutual understanding and promotion of, and respect for cultural diversityand universal human rights.
The NAM Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (NAMCHRCD) is an outcome of the NAM Ministerial Meeting on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, held on September 2007, in Tehran. In the final document of the meeting, entitled “the Tehran Declaration and Plan of Action”, the Member States decided to establish the Center in Tehran.
Taking into consideration the virtues of historical traditions and the values of all civilizations and cultures around the world, the Center as an educational- research institution provides scientific analysis and promotes discourse in global human rights and cultural diversity issues.
The main function of the Center is to prepare a platform for the exchange of knowledge, good practices, general reflections, and to have intensive debate in order to contribute to the advancement of human rights, with a special focus on the common human rights concerns and challenges that developing countries encounter. In this regard the center expect NAM member states contribution in the conception as well as activities of the center.
The Center is also honored to indicate some of its activities in recent years. Issuing the first volume of the Nam Yearbook on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity with 28 articles, the Center’s Annual reports,holding many successful international academic events with the extensive participation of university professors and scholars, international well educated persons and some international organizations as well as having summer school and work-shops with student and scholars, and also briefing sessions for diplomats and distinguished representatives of different embassies and organizations in Tehran regarding the center activities.
Finally, I have to add that according to the draft statute of the center, representatives of NAM member states are welcome to participate in the activities of the Center, including by joining the board of trustee and the academic council of the center. In this line and to accomplish our plans, we are very much relying on the governmental support of every single NAM member state, and on the support of our friends and partner institutions, as well as on the support of every individual and institution around the world that have commitment to the promotion of human rights.