PAP attends the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Azerbaijan

A delegation of the Pan-African Parliament, led by the Rt. Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG, President of the Continental Parliament has arrived in Azerbaijan to attend the 18th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit of Heads of State and Government scheduled for 25-26 October in Baku.

 Over 150 countries and international organizations have registered for this year’s summit which will also be attended by foreign ministers and other senior representatives. The PAP delegation is made up of Hon. Julius MALEMA from South Africa and Hon. Rose Marie BANGURA from Sierra Leone.

 The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is the biggest forum for political coordination and consultation after and within the United Nations. At least 120 Member States from the developing world subscribe to the organization while 17 countries and 10 International Organizations are observers.

 “As law-makers for the continent, we are keen on this summit because it promises a big paradigm shift in a number of key factors to which our countries seek to find solutions. We therefore look forward to dialogue around peace and security, human rights promotion and preservation of multilateralism,” says Hon. Nkodo Dang.

 NAM was set up to unite countries which did not join any military-political blocs during the Cold War and has been transformed into one of the important multilateral mechanisms. To date, it is the second political platform after the United Nations.