16th NAM Summit

The 16th NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) summit was held in Tehran, Iran on 30-31 August 2012. The theme of the summit was Lasting Peace through Joint Global Governance. At the Tehran Summit, the Chairmanship of NAM was passed on from Egypt to Iran in accordance with the NAM’s practice of regional rotation.

The NAM meeting in Tehran was held in three phases: preparatory senior officials meeting on 26-27 August, ministerial level meeting on 28-29 August, and the summit on 30-31 August.

Venezuela was selected the host for the 17th NAM Summit to be held in 2015, while two countries, namely Azerbaijan Republic and Fiji, were accepted as the new members of the movement.

NAM Declaration

The summit adopted a document that condemned unilateral sanctions, backed the right of Iran and other states to peaceful nuclear energy, and supported the creation of a Palestinian state. The document also advocated nuclear disarmament, human rights free from political agendas and opposition to racism and “Islamophobia.”

The document also reiterated NAM’s adherence to its original five principles; condemned the increasing tendency of certain states to resort to unilateralism and to unilaterally imposed measures, and the non-fulfillment of commitments and obligations assumed under relevant international legally binding instruments, especially on weapons of mass destruction, and conventional weapons; called for total nuclear disarmament but supported the right of states to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

India’s Stand At The Summit

Strongly pitching for coordinated global actions against international terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked the Non-Aligned Movement to take a lead in this and also take a stand based on “universally accepted principles” on Syria.

The Prime Minister in his address to the 16th NAM Summit strongly pitched for global action against terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Dr Manmohan Singh strongly advocated for reforms in the UN Security Council and International Financial Institutions.

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