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{{legend>#0066ff|Observer countries}}#Members, observers and guests>Membership120 member states 10 international organisations}}|loctext = |admin_center_type = Coordinating BureauNew York City, New York (state), United States>U.S.}}Principal decision-making organ}}|leader_name1 = Conference of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned CountriesChair}}Venezuela}}Chairperson}}Nicolás MaduroNAM STRUCTURE ACCESSDATE=4 JULY 2019, Yugoslavia}} Belgrade, Yugoslavia as the Conference of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned Countriesweblink}}}}The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is a forum of 120 developing world states that are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. After the United Nations, it is the largest grouping of states worldwide.WEB,weblink NAM Members & Observers, 20 March 2019, WEB, About NAM,weblink, Non Aligned Movement, 20 March 2019, Drawing on the principles agreed at the Bandung Conference in 1955, the NAM was established in 1961 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia through an initiative of the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal NehruBOOK, Jawaharlal Nehru. : an autobiography., Nehru, Jawaharlal, 2004, Penguin Books, 9780143031048, 909343858, and the Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito. This led to the first Conference of Heads of State or Governments of Non-Aligned Countries.BOOK, Jugoslavija 1918–1988: Tematska zbirka dokumenata, Petranović, Branko, Zečević, Momčilo, Izdavačka radna organizacija "Rad", 1988, 9788609001086, 2, Belgrade, 1078–1084, Serbo-Croatian, BEOGRADSKA KONFERENCIJA NEANGAŽOVANIH. NESVRSTANOST - Brionska izjava predsednika Tita, Nasera i Premijera Nehrua, jula 1956.,weblink The term non-aligned movement first appears in the fifth conference in 1976, where participating countries are denoted as "members of the movement".The purpose of the organization was enumerated by Fidel Castro in his Havana Declaration of 1979 as to ensure "the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries" in their "struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics."WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, Fidel Castro speech to the UN in his position as chairman of the non-aligned countries movement 12 October 1979, 11 June 2011, "Pakistan & Non-Aligned Movement" {{webarchive|url= |date=2 October 2006 }}. Board of Investment{{spaced ndash}} Government of Pakistan. 2003. The countries of the Non-Aligned Movement represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations' members and contain 55% of the world population. Membership is particularly concentrated in countries considered to be developing or part of the Third World, though the Non-Aligned Movement also has a number of developed nations.Although many of the Non-Aligned Movement's members were actually quite closely aligned with one or another of the superpowers, the movement still maintained cohesion throughout the Cold War, even despite several conflicts between members which also threatened the movement. In the years since the Cold War's end, it has focused on developing multilateral ties and connections as well as unity among the developing nations of the world, especially those within the Global South.


Origins and the Cold War

The Non-Aligned Movement as an organization was founded on the Brijuni islands in Yugoslavia in 1956, and was formalized by signing the Declaration of Brijuni on 19 July 1956. The Declaration was signed by Yugoslavia's president, Josip Broz Tito, India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Egypt's second president, Gamal Abdel Nasser. One of the quotations within the Declaration is "Peace can not be achieved with separation, but with the aspiration towards collective security in global terms and expansion of freedom, as well as terminating the domination of one country over another". According to Rejaul Karim Laskar, an ideologue of the Congress party which ruled India for most part of the Cold War years, the Non-Aligned Movement arose from the desire of Jawaharlal Nehru and other leaders of the newly independent countries of the third world to guard their independence "in face of complex international situation demanding allegiance to either two warring superpowers".JOURNAL, Laskar, Rejaul Karim, Respite from Disgraceful NDA Foreign Policy, Congress Sandesh, June 2004, 6, 10, 8, The Movement advocates a middle course for states in the developing world between the Western and Eastern Blocs during the Cold War. The phrase itself was first used to represent the doctrine by Indian diplomat V. K. Krishna Menon in 1953, at the United Nations.BOOK, Ma'aroof, Mohammad Khalid, 1987, Afghanistan in World Politics: (a Study of Afghan-U.S. Relations),weblink Gyan Publishing House, 75–, 978-81-212-0097-4, {{Unreliable source?|reason=Publisher has a history of plagiarizing and inaccuracy, even before Wikipedia, see , User:Sitush/Common#Gyan |date=January 2017}}But it soon after became the name to refer to the participants of the Conference of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned Countries first held in 1961. The term "non-alignment" was established in 1953 at the United Nations. Nehru used the phrase in a 1954 speech in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In this speech, Zhou Enlai and Nehru described the five pillars to be used as a guide for Sino-Indian relations called Panchsheel (five restraints); these principles would later serve as the basis of the Non-Aligned Movement. The five principles were:
  • Mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
  • Mutual non-aggression.
  • Mutual non-interference in domestic affairs.
  • Equality and mutual benefit.
  • Peaceful co-existence.{{CN|date=March 2017}}
A significant milestone in the development of the Non-Aligned Movement was the 1955 Bandung Conference, a conference of Asian and African states hosted by Indonesian president Sukarno, who gave a significant contribution to promote this movement. Bringing together Sukarno, U Nu, Nasser, Nehru, Tito, Nkrumah and Menon with the likes of Ho Chi Minh, Zhou Enlai, and Norodom Sihanouk, as well as U Thant and a young Indira Gandhi, the conference adopted a "declaration on promotion of world peace and cooperation", which included Zhou Enlai and Nehru's five principles, and a collective pledge to remain neutral in the Cold War. Six years after Bandung, an initiative of Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito led to the first Conference of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned Countries, which was held in September 1961 in Belgrade.WEB,weblink Belgrade declaration of non-aligned countries, Egyptian presidency website, 6 September 1961, 23 April 2011,weblink" title="">weblink dead, 8 October 2011, The term non-aligned movement appears first in the fifth conference in 1976, where participating countries are denoted as members of the movement.WEB,weblink Fifth conference of heads of state or Government of non-aligned nations, Egyptian presidency website, 6 September 1961, 23 April 2011,weblink" title="">weblink dead, 8 October 2011, File:Belgrade Conference, 1961.jpg|thumb|Belgrade Conference, September 1961 with representatives from Afghanistan, Algeria, Burma, Cambodia, Cuba, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, the United Arab Republic, Yemen, and Yugoslavia.]]At the Lusaka Conference in September 1970, the member nations added as aims of the movement the peaceful resolution of disputes and the abstention from the big power military alliances and pacts. Another added aim was opposition to stationing of military bases in foreign countries.Some members were involved in serious conflicts with other members (e.g. India and Pakistan, Iran and Iraq).

Cuba's role

In the 1970s, Cuba made a major effort to assume a leadership role in the world's nonalignment movement, which represented over 90 Third World nations. Cuban combat troops in Angola greatly impressed fellow non-aligned nations.Cuba also established military advisory missions, and economic and social reform programs. The 1976 world conference of the Nonaligned Movement applauded Cuban internationalism, "which assisted the people of Angola in frustrating the expansionist and colonialist strategy of South Africa's racist regime and its allies." The next nonaligned conference was scheduled for Havana in 1979, to be chaired by Fidel Castro, with his becoming the de facto spokesman for the Movement. The conference in September 1979 marked the zenith of Cuban prestige. Most, but not all, attendees believed that Cuba was not aligned with the Soviet camp in the Cold War.Robert E. Quirk, Fidel Castro, (1993) pp 718-21, 782-83 However in December 1979, the Soviet Union intervened in Afghanistan's civil war. At the time, Afghanistan was also an active member of the Nonaligned Movement. At the United Nations, Nonaligned members voted 56 to 9, with 26 abstaining, to condemn the Soviet Union. Cuba in fact was deeply in debt financially and politically to Moscow, and voted against the resolution. It lost its reputation as nonaligned in the Cold War. Castro, instead of becoming a high profile spokesman for the Movement, remain quiet and inactive, and in 1983 leadership passed to India, which had abstained on the UN vote. Cuba lost its bid to become a member of the United Nations Security Council and its ambitions for a role in global leadership had totally collapsed.Pérez, Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution (5th ed. 2015) p 301. More broadly the Movement was deeply split over the Soviet–Afghan War in 1979. Although Moscow's allies supported the Soviet intervention, other members of the movement (particularly predominantly Muslim states) condemned it.H. V. Hodson, ed. The annual register : a record of world events 1979 (1980) pp 372-75.

Post-Cold War

Because the Non-Aligned Movement was formed as an attempt to thaw out the Cold War,BOOK, Land and Maritime Zones of Peace in International Law, Suvedi, Sūryaprasāda, 1996, Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 978-0-198-26096-7, 169–170, it has struggled to find relevance since the Cold War ended. After the breakup of Yugoslavia, a founding member, its membership was suspended"The Non-Aligned Movement: Member States" {{webarchive|url= |date=9 December 2010 }}. XII Summit, Durban, South Africa, 2–3 September 1998. Retrieved 24 August 2012. in 1992 at the regular Ministerial Meeting of the Movement, held in New York during the regular yearly session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.NEWS, Lai Kwon Kin,weblink Yugoslavia casts shadow over non-aligned summit, The Independent, 2 September 1992, 26 September 2009, Iran and several other Muslim nations want the rump state of Yugoslavia kicked out, saying it no longer represents the country which helped to found the movement., The successor states of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia have expressed little interest in membership, though Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have observer status. In 2004, Malta and Cyprus ceased to be members and joined the European Union. Belarus is the only member of the Movement in Europe. Azerbaijan and Fiji are the most recent entrants, joining in 2011. The applications of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Costa Rica were rejected in 1995 and 1998, respectively.BOOK, Najam, Adil, Stuard, Nagel, Policymaking and prosperity: a multinational anthology,weblink Lexington Books, 2003, 197–240 [233], Chapter 9: The Collective South in Multinational Environmental Politics, 10 November 2009, Lanham, MD, 0-7391-0460-8, Turkmenistan, Belarus and Dominican Republic are the most recent entrants. The application of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Costa Rica were rejected in 1995 and 1998., Since the end of the Cold War, the Non-Aligned Movement has been forced to redefine itself and reinvent its purpose in the current world system. A major question has been whether many of its foundational ideologies, principally national independence, territorial integrity, and the struggle against colonialism and imperialism, can be applied to contemporary issues. The movement has emphasised its principles of multilateralism, equality, and mutual non-aggression in attempting to become a stronger voice for the global South, and an instrument that can be utilised to promote the needs of member nations at the international level and strengthen their political leverage when negotiating with developed nations. In its efforts to advance Southern interests, the movement has stressed the importance of cooperation and unity amongst member states,Putting Differences Aside {{webarchive|url= |date=12 April 2012 }}, Daria Acosta, 18 September 2006. but as in the past, cohesion remains a problem since the size of the organisation and the divergence of agendas and allegiances present the ongoing potential for fragmentation. While agreement on basic principles has been smooth, taking definitive action vis-à-vis particular international issues has been rare, with the movement preferring to assert its criticism or support rather than pass hard-line resolutions.Staff (7 August 2009). "Profile: Non-Aligned Movement". BBC News. Retrieved 24 August 2012.The movement continues to see a role for itself, as in its view, the world's poorest nations remain exploited and marginalised, no longer by opposing superpowers, but rather in a uni-polar world,XII Summit, Durban, South Africa, 2–3 September 1998: Final Document {{webarchive|url= |date=19 December 2015 }}, no. 10-11. and it is Western hegemony and neo-colonialism that the movement has really re-aligned itself against. It opposes foreign occupation, interference in internal affairs and aggressive unilateral measures, but it has also shifted to focus on the socio-economic challenges facing member states, especially the inequalities manifested by globalization and the implications of neo-liberal policies. The Non-Aligned Movement has identified economic underdevelopment, poverty, and social injustices as growing threats to peace and security.XII Summit, Durban, South Africa, 2–3 September 1998: NAM XII Summit: Basic Documents – Final Document: 1 Global Issues {{webarchive|url= |date=19 December 2015 }}. Retrieved 3 August 2013.The 16th NAM summit took place in Tehran, Iran, from 26 to 31 August 2012. According to Mehr News Agency, representatives from over 150 countries were scheduled to attend.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, NAM summit will raise Iran’s profile in the international arena, 28 January 2013, Attendance at the highest level includes 27 presidents, two kings and emirs, seven prime ministers, nine vice presidents, two parliament spokesmen and five special envoys.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, NAM summit kicks off in Tehran, 29 August 2012, At the summit, Iran took over from Egypt as Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement for the period 2012 to 2015.WEB,weblink Southern Africa: Media Briefing By Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim On International Developments, 15 August 2012, 18 September 2016, AllAfrica, and latest one held in Venezuela 2016.WEB,weblink Class 12 Arts stream Political Science #crashcourse: Non-Aligned Movement explained, India Today Web Desk New, DelhiJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED:, January 16, 2019 17:52, Ist, India Today, WEB,weblink Venezuela seeks support from the Islamic world amid spat with US,, In 2019 Colombia and Peru suspended their participation in the Movement under the presidency of Venezuela, because their governments did not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolás Maduro's regime.

Organizational structure and membership

The movement stems from a desire not to be aligned within a geopolitical/military structure and therefore itself does not have a very strict organizational structure.WEB,weblink Government of Zaire, The Non-Aligned Movement: Background Information, 23 April 2011, 21 September 2001, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 9 February 2016, dmy-all, Some organizational basics were defined at the 1996 Cartagena Document on MethodologyWEB,weblink 14–16 May 1996, 24 April 2011, Head of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Countries, Government of Zaire, Meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Methodology of the Movement of the Non-Aligned Countries, Caratagena de Indias, May 14–16, 1996,weblink" title="">weblink 2 April 2011, dead, dmy-all, The Summit Conference of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned States is "the highest decision making authority". The chairmanship rotates between countries and changes at every summit of heads of state or government to the country organizing the summit.Requirements for membership of the Non-Aligned Movement coincide with the key beliefs of the United Nations. The current requirements are that the candidate country has displayed practices in accordance with the ten "Bandung principles" of 1955:
  • Respect for fundamental human rights and for the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
  • Respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations.
  • Recognition of the movements for national independence.
  • Recognition of the equality of all races and of the equality of all nations, large and small.
  • Abstention from intervention or interference in the internal affairs of another country.
  • Respect for the right of each nation to defend itself singly or collectively, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations.
  • Refraining from acts or threats of aggression or the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any country.
  • Settlement of all international disputes by peaceful means, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations.
  • Promotion of mutual interests and co-operation.
  • Respect for justice and international obligations.

Policies and ideology

(File:Non-Aligned Movement (emblem - South Africa Conference).png|thumb|The South Africa Conference NAM logo)ChairpersonsWEB,weblink NAM Summits, 6 April 2019, Non-Aligned Movement, Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, who was elected by acclamation as Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), of the NAM had included such diverse figures as Suharto,NEWS,weblink Suharto tops corruption rankings, BBC News, 25 March 2004, 4 February 2006, militaristicCommission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor WEB, Benetech Human Rights Data Analysis Group, The Profile of Human Rights Violations in Timor-Leste, 1974–1999, A Report to the Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation of Timor-Leste, Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG), 9 February 2006,weblink dead,weblink" title="">weblink 29 May 2012, dmy-all, anti-communist, and Nelson Mandela, a democratic socialist and famous anti-apartheid activist. Consisting of many governments with vastly different ideologies, the Non-Aligned Movement is unified by its declared commitment to world peace and security. At the seventh summit held in New Delhi in March 1983, the movement described itself as "history's biggest peace movement".BOOK, Arms Transfer Limitations and Third World Security, Ohlson, Thomas, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 1988, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 978-0-198-29124-4, 198, The movement places equal emphasis on disarmament. NAM's commitment to peace pre-dates its formal institutionalisation in 1961. The Brioni meeting between heads of governments of India, Egypt and Yugoslavia in 1956 recognized that there exists a vital link between struggle for peace and endeavours for disarmament.During the 1970s and early 1980s, the NAM also sponsored campaigns for restructuring commercial relations between developed and developing nations, namely the New International Economic Order (NIEO), and its cultural offspring, the New World Information and Communication Order (NWICO). The latter, on its own, sparked a Non-Aligned initiative on cooperation for communications, the Non-Aligned News Agencies Pool, created in 1975 and later converted into the NAM News Network in 2005.The Non-Aligned Movement espouses policies and practices of cooperation, especially those that are multilateral and provide mutual benefit to all those involved. Many of the members of the Non-Aligned Movement are also members of the United Nations. Both organisations have a stated policy of peaceful cooperation, yet the successes the NAM has had with multilateral agreements tend to be ignored by the larger, western and developed nation dominated UN.Morphet, Sally. "Multilateralism and the Non-Aligned Movement: What Is the Global South Doing and Where Is It Going?". (Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations). 10 (2004), pp. 517–537. African concerns about apartheid were linked with Arab-Asian concerns about Palestine and multilateral cooperation in these areas has enjoyed moderate success. The Non-Aligned Movement has played a major role in various ideological conflicts throughout its existence, including extreme opposition to apartheid governments and support of guerrilla movements in various locations, including Rhodesia and South Africa.Grant, Cedric. "Equity in Third World Relations: a third world perspective". International Affairs 71, 3 (1995), 567–587.

Current activities and positions

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Criticism of US policy

In recent years the organization has criticized certain aspects of US foreign policy. The 2003 invasion of Iraq and the War on Terrorism, its attempts to stifle Iran and North Korea's nuclear plans, and its other actions have been denounced by some members of the Non-Aligned Movement as attempts to run roughshod over the sovereignty of smaller nations; at the most recent summit, Kim Yong-nam, the head of North Korea's parliament, stated, "The United States is attempting to deprive other countries of even their legitimate right to peaceful nuclear activities."Staff (16 September 2006). "Non-Aligned Nations Slam U.S." CBC News. Retrieved 23 August 2012.

Self-determination of Puerto Rico

Since 1961, the organization has supported the discussion of the case of Puerto Rico's self-determination before the United Nations. A resolution on the matter was to be proposed on the XV Summit by the Hostosian National Independence Movement.NEWS, 14 July 2009,weblink No Alineados preparan apoyo a la libre determinación de Puerto Rico, The Non-Aligned prepare support for Puerto Rico's self-determination, Radio Cooperativa, Spanish, 23 August 2012, {{update after|2009|date=August 2012}}

Self-determination of Western Sahara

Since 1973, the group has supported the discussion of the case of Western Sahara's self-determination before the United Nations.{{dead link|date=August 2012}} "3162 (XXVIII) Question of Spanish Sahara. U.N. General assembly 28th session, 1973" {{webarchive|url= |date=13 January 2012 }} (PDF format). United Nations. The movement reaffirmed in its last meeting (Sharm El Sheikh 2009) the support to the Self-determination of the Sahrawi people by choosing between any valid option, welcomed the direct conversations between the parties, and remembered the responsibility of the United Nations on the Sahrawi issue.XV Summit of heads of state and government of the Non Aligned Movement{{spaced ndash}} Final Document. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.16-04-2009. {{webarchive|url= |date=17 August 2012 }} See points 237, 238 & 239.

Sustainable development

The movement is publicly committed to the tenets of sustainable development and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, but it believes that the international community has not created conditions conducive to development and has infringed upon the right to sovereign development by each member state. Issues such as globalization, the debt burden, unfair trade practices, the decline in foreign aid, donor conditionality, and the lack of democracy in international financial decision-making are cited as factors inhibiting development.Statement on the implementation of the Right to Development {{webarchive|url= |date=9 March 2012 }}, 7 January 2008.

Reforms of the UN

The movement has been outspoken in its criticism of current UN structures and power dynamics, stating that the organisation has been utilised by powerful states in ways that violate the movement's principles. It has made a number of recommendations that it says would strengthen the representation and power of "non-aligned" states. The proposed UN reforms are also aimed at improving the transparency and democracy of UN decision-making. The UN Security Council is the element it considers the most distorted, undemocratic, and in need of reshaping.XII Summit, Durban, South Africa, 2–3 September 1998: Final Document {{webarchive|url= |date=19 December 2015 }}, no. 55.

South-South cooperation

The movement has collaborated with other organisations of the developing world{{spaced ndash}} primarily the Group of 77{{spaced ndash}} forming a number of joint committees and releasing statements and documents representing the shared interests of both groups. This dialogue and cooperation can be taken as an effort to increase the global awareness about the organisation and bolster its political clout.{{Citation needed|date=April 2014}}

Cultural diversity and human rights

The movement accepts the universality of human rights and social justice, but fiercely resists cultural homogenisation.{{Citation needed|reason=reliable source needed for the whole sentence|date=August 2012}} In line with its views on sovereignty, the organisation appeals for the protection of cultural diversity, and the tolerance of the religious, socio-cultural, and historical particularities that define human rights in a specific region.Declaration on the occasion of celebrating Human Rights Day {{webarchive|url= |date=9 March 2012 }}. {{Failed verification|date=August 2012}}Working groups, task forces, committeesXII Summit, Durban, South Africa, 2–3 September 1998: The Non-Aligned Movement: Background Information 2.4. {{webarchive|url= |date=9 February 2016 }}.{{div col|colwidth=30em}}
  • Committee on Palestine
  • High-Level Working Group for the Restructuring of the United Nations
  • Joint Coordinating Committee (chaired by Chairman of G-77 and Chairman of NAM)
  • Non-Aligned Security Caucus
  • Standing Ministerial Committee for Economic Cooperation
  • Task Force on Somalia
  • Working Group on Disarmament
  • Working Group on Human Rights
  • Working Group on Peace-Keeping Operations
{{div col end}}


File:Konferencija Pokreta nesvrstanih 1961. godine.jpg|400px|thumbnail|1st summit, BelgradeBelgradeFile:Meeting of the heads of state at the 16th summit of the NAM (1).jpg|400px|thumbnail|16th summit of the NAM, TehranTehranThe conference of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Countries, often referred to as Non-Aligned Movement Summit is the main meeting within the movement and are held every few years:XV Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, Sharm El Sheikh, 11–16 July 2009: Previous Summits {{webarchive|url= |date=8 October 2011 }}{| class="wikitable"! !! Date !! Host country !! Host cityYugoslavia}} BelgradeUnited Arab Republic}} CairoZambia| LusakaAlgeria}} AlgiersSri Lanka}} ColomboCuba}} HavanaIndia}} New DelhiZimbabwe}} HarareYugoslavia}} BelgradeIndonesia}} JakartaColombia}} Cartagena12th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement>12th 2–3 September 1998 {{Country| Durban13th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement>13th 20–25 February 2003 {{Country| Kuala Lumpur14th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement>14th 15–16 September 2006 {{Country| Havana15th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement>15th 11–16 July 2009 {{Country| Sharm el-Sheikh16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement>16th 26–31 August 2012 {{Country| Tehran17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement>17th 13–18 September 2016 {{Country| Porlamar18th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement>18th 25–26 OctoberHTTPS://WWW.CONSILIUM.EUROPA.EU/REGISTER/EN/CONTENT/OUT?&TYP=ENTRY&I=LD&DOC_ID=ST-5746-2019-INIT>TITLE=INVITATION TO THE EU TO THE NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT SUMMIT (BAKU, 25-26 OCTOBER 2019)ACCESSDATE=4 JULY 2019, 2019 {{Country| BakuA variety of ministerial meetings are held between the summit meetings. Some are specialist, such as the meeting on "Inter-Faith Dialogue and Co-operation for Peace", held in Manila, the Philippines, 16–18 March 2010. There is a general Conference of Foreign Ministers every three years. The most recent were in Bali, Indonesia, 23–27 May 2011 and Algiers, Algeria, 26–29 May 2014.The Non-Aligned Movement celebrated its 50th anniversary in Belgrade on 5–6 September 2011.WEB,weblink Nesvrstani ponovo u Beogradu, RTS, Radio televizija Srbije, Radio Television of, Serbia, 18 September 2016, WEB,weblink Secretary-General's Message to Additional Commemorative Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 18 September 2016, {{Clear}}


{{refimprove section|date=April 2011}}A chairperson is elected at each summit meeting. The Coordinating Bureau, also based at the UN, is the main instrument for directing the work of the movement's task forces, committees and working groups.{| class="wikitable sortable"!Image! Chairperson! Country (holding the Presidency)! Party! From! To75px)| Josip Broz Tito (1892–1980)Yugoslavia}} | League of Communists of Yugoslavia| 1961| 196475px)| Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918–1970)United Arab Republic}}Arab Socialist Union (Egypt)>Arab Socialist Union| 1964| 197075px)| Kenneth Kaunda (born 1924)Zambia|1964}}| United National Independence Party| 1970| 197375px)| Houari Boumediène (1932–1978)Algeria}}Revolutionary Council (Algeria)>Revolutionary Council| 1973| 197675px)| William Gopallawa (1896–1981) {{Flag|Sri Lanka}}Independent (politician)>Independent| 1976| 197875px)| Junius Richard Jayewardene (1906–1996)| United National Party| 1978| 197975px)| Fidel Castro (1926–2016)Cuba}}| Communist Party of Cuba| 1979| 198375px)| Neelam Sanjiva Reddy (1913–1996) {{Flag|India}}| Janata Party 198375px)| Zail Singh (1916–1994)| Indian National Congress| 1983| 198675px)| Robert Mugabe (1924–2019)Zimbabwe}}Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front>ZANU-PF| 1986| 198975px)| Janez Drnovšek (1950–2008) {{Flag|Yugoslavia}}| League of Communists of Yugoslavia| 1989| 199075px)| Borisav Jović (born 1928)| Socialist Party of Serbia| 1990| 199175px)| Stjepan Mesić (born 1934)| Croatian Democratic Union 199175px)| Branko Kostić (born 1939)| Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro| 1991| 199275px)| Dobrica Ćosić (1921–2014)FR Yugoslavia}}Independent (politician)>Independent 1992
(File:President Suharto, 1993.jpg|75px)| Suharto (1921–2008)
Indonesia}}| Golkar| 1992| 1995(File:Ernesto Samper (cropped).jpg|75px)| Ernesto Samper (born 1950) {{Country|Colombia}}| Colombian Liberal Party| 1995| 1998(File:Andrespastranaarango.png|75px)| Andrés Pastrana Arango (born 1954)| Colombian Conservative Party 199875px)| Nelson Mandela (1918–2013){{Flag|South Africa}} African National Congress| 1998| 199975px)| Thabo Mbeki (born 1942)| 1999| 200375px)| Mahathir Mohamad (born 1925) {{Country|Malaysia}} United Malays National Organisation 200375px)| Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (born 1939)| 2003| 200675px)Fidel CastroFidel Castro, having recently undergone gastric surgery, was unable to attend the conference and was represented by his younger brother, 2006 Cuban transfer of presidential duties>Cuba's acting president Raúl Castro. See "Castro elected President of Non-Aligned Movement Nations". People's Daily. 16 September 2006. (1926–2016) {{Country|Cuba}} Communist Party of Cuba| 2006| 200875px)| Raúl Castro (born 1931)| 2008| 200975px)| Hosni Mubarak (born 1928) {{Country|Egypt}}National Democratic Party (Egypt)>National Democratic Party| 2009| 201175px)| Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (born 1935)Independent (politician)>Independent| 2011| 201275px)| Mohamed Morsi (1951–2019)Freedom and Justice Party (Egypt)>Freedom and Justice Party201275px)| Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (born 1956) {{Country|Iran}}| Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran| 2012| 201375px)| Hassan Rouhani (born 1948)| Moderation and Development Party| 2013| 201675px)| Nicolás Maduro (born 1962)Venezuela}}United Socialist Party of Venezuela>United Socialist Party| 2016| October 2019

Members, observers and guests

Current members

(File:Non-Aligned Movement by Date Joined.svg|thumb|Non-Aligned Movement Member Countries by Year Joined)The following countries are members of the NAM, arranged by continent, showing their year of admission:WEB,weblink Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), 4 September 2012, World, Cahoon, Ben,


Currently every African country (except South Sudan and Western Sahara) is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement.{{div col|colwidth=20em}}
  1. {{flag|Algeria}} (1961)
  2. {{flag|Angola}} (1976)
  3. {{flag|Benin}} (1964)
  4. {{flag|Botswana}} (1970)
  5. {{flag|Burkina Faso}} (1973)
  6. {{flag|Burundi}} (1964)
  7. {{flag|Cameroon}} (1964)
  8. {{flag|Cape Verde}} (1976)
  9. {{flag|Central African Republic}} (1964)
  10. {{flag|Chad}} (1964)
  11. {{flag|Comoros}} (1976)
  12. {{flag|Democratic Republic of the Congo}} (1961)
  13. {{flag|Djibouti}} (1983)
  14. {{flag|Egypt}} (1961)
  15. {{flag|Equatorial Guinea}} (1970)
  16. {{flag|Eritrea}} (1995)
  17. {{flag|Eswatini}} (1970)
  18. {{flag|Ethiopia}} (1961)
  19. {{flag|Gabon}} (1970)
  20. {{flag|Gambia}} (1973)
  21. {{flag|Ghana}} (1961)
  22. {{flag|Guinea}} (1961)
  23. {{flag|Guinea-Bissau}} (1976)
  24. {{flag|Côte d'Ivoire}} (1973)
  25. {{flag|Kenya}} (1964)
  26. {{flag|Lesotho}} (1970)
  27. {{flag|Liberia}} (1964)
  28. {{flag|Libya}} (1964)
  29. {{flag|Madagascar}} (1973)
  30. {{flag|Malawi}} (1964)
  31. {{flag|Mali}} (1961)
  32. {{flag|Mauritania}} (1964)
  33. {{flag|Mauritius}} (1973)
  34. {{flag|Morocco}} (1961)
  35. {{flag|Mozambique}} (1976)
  36. {{flag|Namibia}} (1979)
  37. {{flag|Niger}} (1973)
  38. {{flag|Nigeria}} (1964)
  39. {{flag|Republic of the Congo}} (1964)
  40. {{flag|Rwanda}} (1970)
  41. {{flag|São Tomé and Príncipe}} (1976)
  42. {{flag|Senegal}} (1964)
  43. {{flag|Seychelles}} (1976)
  44. {{flag|Sierra Leone}} (1964)
  45. {{flag|Somalia}} (1961)
  46. {{flag|South Africa}} (1994)
  47. {{flag|Sudan}} (1961)
  48. {{flag|Tanzania}} (1964)
  49. {{flag|Togo}} (1964)
  50. {{flag|Tunisia}} (1961)
  51. {{flag|Uganda}} (1964)
  52. {{flag|Zambia}} (1964)
  53. {{flag|Zimbabwe}} (1979)
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  1. {{flag|Antigua and Barbuda}} (2006)
  2. {{flag|Bahamas}} (1983)
  3. {{flag|Barbados}} (1983)
  4. {{flag|Belize}} (1976)
  5. {{flag|Bolivia}} (1979)
  6. {{flag|Chile}} (1973)
  7. {{flag|Colombia}} (1983)
  8. {{flag|Cuba}} (1961)
  9. {{flag|Dominica}} (2006)
  10. {{flag|Dominican Republic}} (2000)
  11. {{flag|Ecuador}} (1983)
  12. {{flag|Grenada}} (1979)
  13. {{flag|Guatemala}} (1993)
  14. {{flag|Guyana}} (1970)
  15. {{flag|Haiti}} (2006)
  16. {{flag|Honduras}} (1995)
  17. {{flag|Jamaica}} (1970)
  18. {{flag|Nicaragua}} (1979)
  19. {{flag|Panama}} (1976)
  20. {{flag|Peru}} (1973)
  21. {{flag|Saint Kitts and Nevis}} (2006)
  22. {{flag|Saint Lucia}} (1983)
  23. {{flag|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines}} (2003)
  24. {{flag|Suriname}} (1983)
  25. {{flag|Trinidad and Tobago}} (1970)
  26. {{flag|Venezuela}} (1989)
{{div col end}}


{{div col|colwidth=20em}}
  1. {{flag|Afghanistan}} (1961)
  2. {{flag|Bahrain}} (1973)
  3. {{flag|Bangladesh}} (1973)
  4. {{flag|Bhutan}} (1973)
  5. {{flag|Brunei}} (1993)
  6. {{flag|Cambodia}} (1961)
  7. {{flag|India}} (1961)
  8. {{flag|Indonesia}} (1961)
  9. {{flag|Iran}} (1979)
  10. {{flag|Iraq}} (1961)
  11. {{flag|Jordan}} (1964)
  12. {{flag|Kuwait}} (1964)
  13. {{flag|Laos}} (1964)
  14. {{flag|Lebanon}} (1961)
  15. {{flag|Malaysia}} (1970)
  16. {{flag|Maldives}} (1976)
  17. {{flag|Mongolia}} (1993)
  18. {{flag|Myanmar}} (1961)
  19. {{flag|Nepal}} (1961)
  20. {{flag|North Korea}} (1976)
  21. {{flag|Oman}} (1973)
  22. {{flag|Pakistan}} (1979)
  23. {{flag|Palestine}} (1976)
  24. {{flag|Philippines}} (1993)
  25. {{flag|Qatar}} (1973)
  26. {{flag|Saudi Arabia}} (1961)
  27. {{flag|Singapore}} (1970)
  28. {{flag|Sri Lanka}} (1961)
  29. {{flag|Syria}} (1964)
  30. {{flag|Thailand}} (1993)
  31. {{flag|East Timor}} (2003)
  32. {{flag|Turkmenistan}} (1995)
  33. {{flag|United Arab Emirates}} (1970)
  34. {{flag|Uzbekistan}} (1993)
  35. {{flag|Vietnam}} (1976)
  36. {{flag|Yemen}} (1990) {{refn|{{flag|North Yemen}} is one of the founders in 1961. {{flag|South Yemen}} joined in 1970. In 1990 both were unified into a single state which accepted responsibility for all treaties of its predecessors.In a joint letter to the UN Secretary-General sent just prior to unification, the Ministers of Foreign affairs of North and South Yemen stated that "All treaties and agreements concluded between either the Yemen Arab Republic or the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen and other States and international organizations in accordance with international law which are in force on 22 May 1990 will remain in effect, and international relations existing on 22 May 1990 between the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen and the Yemen Arab Republic and other States will continue."BOOK, State Succession and Membership in International Organizations, Bühler, Konrad, 2001,weblink Martinus Nijhoff Publisher, }}
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  1. {{flag|Azerbaijan}} (2011)
  2. {{flag|Belarus}} (1998)
{{div col end}}


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  1. {{flag|Fiji}} (2011)
  2. {{flag|Papua New Guinea}} (1993)
  3. {{flag|Vanuatu}} (1983)
{{div col end}}

Former members

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  1. {{flag|Cyprus}} (1961–2004)WEB, Cyprus and the Non – Aligned Movement,weblink Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Cyprus, 23 March 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 23 March 2014, dmy-all,
  2. {{flag|Malta}} (1973–2004)WEB, XIV Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement,weblink South Africa Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 23 March 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 1 June 2013, dmy-all,
  3. {{flag|Yugoslavia}} (1961–1992)WEB,weblink Final Document of the 7th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement -(New Delhi Declaration), 18 September 2016, dead,weblink 8 October 2011, dmy-all, NEWS, Kin, Lai Kwok, 2 September 1992,weblink Yugoslavia Casts Shadow over Non-Aligned Summit, The Independent, Reuters, 24 August 2012,
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The following countries and organizations have observer status:


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  1. {{flagcountry|Argentina}}
  2. {{flagcountry|Armenia}}
  3. {{flagcountry|Bosnia and Herzegovina}}
  4. {{flagcountry|Brazil}}
  5. {{flagcountry|China}}
  6. {{flagcountry|Costa Rica}}
  7. {{flagcountry|Croatia}}
  8. {{flagcountry|El Salvador}}
  9. {{flagcountry|Kazakhstan}}
  10. {{flagcountry|Kyrgyzstan}}
  11. {{flagcountry|Mexico}}
  12. {{flagcountry|Montenegro}}
  13. {{flagcountry|Paraguay}}
  14. {{flagcountry|Serbia}}
  15. {{flagcountry|Tajikistan}}
  16. {{flagcountry|Uruguay}}
  17. {{flagcountry|Ukraine}}
{{div col end}}


{{div col|colwidth=20em}}
  1. African Union
  2. Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organisation
  3. Arab League
  4. Commonwealth Secretariat
  5. Hostosian National Independence Movement
  6. Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front
  7. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
  8. South Centre
  9. United Nations
  10. World Peace Council
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There is no permanent guest status,XII Summit, Durban, South Africa, 2–3 September 1998: The Non-Aligned Movement: Background Information 4.4. {{webarchive|url= |date=9 February 2016 }} but often several non-member countries are represented as guests at conferences. In addition, a large number of organisations, both from within the UN system and from outside, are always invited as guests.{{citation_needed|date=February 2019}}

See also

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Further reading

  • Jürgen Dinkel, The Non-Aligned Movement. Genesis, Organization and Politics (1927-1992), New Perspectives on the Cold War 5, Brill: Leiden/Boston 2019. ISBN:978-90-04-33613-1
  • Hans Köchler (ed.), The Principles of Non-Alignment. The Non-aligned Countries in the Eighties—Results and Perspectives. London: Third World Centre, 1982. {{ISBN|0-86199-015-3}} (Google Print)

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