President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has been chosen without opposition as the Chairperson of the Non-Aligned Movement during the 19th NAM Summit held in Kampala, Uganda.
Uganda, taking over from Azerbaijan, is set to hold the position for the next three years in the organization established in 1961.
The transfer of leadership took place as Jeyhun Aziz Ogu Bayramov, the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, represented outgoing Chairman President Ilham Aliyev in handing over the position.
While assuming the chairmanship President Museveni noted that: “The strength of NAM should be used to exercise considerable influence particularly at the UN for the effective transformative process for a better common future.”
South Sudan is anticipated to gain admission to the 120-member countries group on this Friday.
On Thursday, President William Ruto arrived in Kampala to participate in a summit alongside other Heads of State and Government.
The summit is scheduled to tackle significant global issues, encompassing multilateralism, international peace, and strategies for post-Covid-19 recovery.
As per a statement from State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohammed, President Ruto is set to actively engage in discussions on critical priorities, including the reform of the United Nations, peace and security, Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, and the restructuring of the international financial system.
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) consists of 120 countries that lack formal alignment with any major power bloc.
Established during the Cold War, its primary goal was to promote the interests of developing nations.
Following the United Nations, it stands as the second-largest coalition of states globally.
The NAM member countries, comprising nearly two-thirds of UN members, account for 55% of the world’s population.
While membership is predominantly concentrated in developing nations, the Non-Aligned Movement also includes several developed countries.