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The Non-Aligned Movement is a forum that is not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. After the United Nations, it is the largest grouping of states worldwide. It brings together over 120 developing countries, signifying a crucial moment in history. It was founded with the view to advancing interests of developing countries in the context of Cold War confrontation

The 19th Summit was decided to be conducted in the capital of Uganda, Kampala at the 18th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit held in Azerbaijan. The summit took place between 15th and 20th January 2024 at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Uganda.

Drawing on the principles agreed at the Bandung Conference in 1955, the NAM was established in 1961 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia through the initiative of President of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito, President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser, Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru, President of Indonesia Sukarno, and President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah. After the breakup of Yugoslavia, a founding member, its membership was suspended in 1992 at the regular ministerial meeting held in New York during the regular annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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India, as a leading and founding member of NAM, wholeheartedly supports Uganda’s theme, reaffirming its commitment to the movement’s principles and values. As of October 2019, the organization consists of 120 member states, including the non-UN member state of Palestine, as well as 17 other observer countries and 10 observer organizations. Approximately, two-thirds of the United Nations’ members are represented at the Non-Aligned Movement, and they comprise 55% of the world’s population.

Among the Issues Discussed on the current summit which happened between 15 to 20th January 2024 in Kampala Uganda, Cuba’s president wondered how can the Western countries, who claim to be so civilized, justify the murder of women and children in Gaza, the indiscriminate bombings of hospitals and schools and deprivation of access to safe water and food

Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission, called for an immediate end to what he called the “unjust war against the Palestinian people”.

South African President said, they should establish a system of global governance that is fair and equitable, and has the capacity to respond to the needs of all persons in situations of threat and harm.

The president of uganda assured all the countries leaders about the imposed insecurity in uganda, it is very safe here and as they came in they will go back in peace.

Uganda currently heads NAM after a handover to President Yoweri Museveni from Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliye, the outgoing chairperson, at the start of the summit. Museveni will chair the organization until 2027.

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Foreign affairs state minister John Mulimba (5th R) launches the upcoming 19th NAM and Third South summits at Kampala Serena Hotel, on Nov. 14, 2023.
Photo by Hajarah Nalwadda

How Uganda Benefited from NAM summit

There are many ways Ugandans benefited from the NAM summit which happened recently in Kampala between 15th and 20th Jan 2024” like diplomatic relations, opportunities for international cooperation, and the chance to address global issues on a multilateral platform

The luxury travel hotels business benefited strongly from the summit, like the Munyonyo common wealthy resort where the delegates meetings where conducted.

Other infra structure improved like roads, where repaired, street lights, designing of roads with flowers and many more.

The summit also provided a platform to market Uganda’s unique tourism and investment opportunities to a larger and wider community of international actors.

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