Non-Aligned Movement is committed to achieving sustainable development in an integrated and balanced manner based on three pillars: economic development, including sustained and inclusive growth, social development and protection of the environment. In relation to this, NAM has recognized that full implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda is critical for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets.
The Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13-16 July 2015, provides a global framework to ensure the effective mobilization of resources at the national and international level for sustainable development.
Implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and is an integral part of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the historic and transformational agenda that countries unanimously adopted in 2015.
The major objectives of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda are to provide fiscally sustainable and nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, with a focus on those furthest below the poverty line and the vulnerable, persons with disabilities, indigenous persons, children, youth and older persons, scaling up efforts to end hunger and malnutrition, revitalize the agricultural sector, promote rural development, and ensure food security, notably in developing countries, in a sustainable manner, which will lead to rich payoffs across the Sustainable Development Goals.
It also aims to facilitate development of sustainable, accessible and resilient quality infrastructure in developing countries through enhanced financial and technical support, identify and address infrastructure and capacity gaps, in particular, in least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing States and African countries and investing in promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development to effectively address major challenges such as growth and jobs, resources and energy efficiency, pollution and climate change, knowledge-sharing, innovation and social inclusion.
The Addis Ababa Agenda also calls upon countries to include full and productive employment and decent work for all as a central objective in their respective national development strategies and also commits to promoting appropriate, affordable and stable access to credit to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as adequate skills development training for all, particularly for youth and entrepreneurs.
Another important aspect of the Agenda is its strong commitment to protect and preserve our planet and natural resources, our biodiversity and our climate.
It calls on countries to commit to coherent policy, financing, trade and technology frameworks to protect, manage and restore ecosystems, including marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and to promote their sustainable use, build resilience, reduce pollution and combat climate change, desertification and land degradation.
NAM Member States have expressed their firm political commitment to mobilize financial and non-financial resources as agreed in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable development at all levels, in a spirit of global partnership and solidarity. To Support Addis Ababa Action Agenda, India has become the first country to make first voluntary contribution to UN Tax Trust Fund.
In June 2017, India became the first country to respond to the call for mobilizing resources with an initial contribution of US$ 100,000. This voluntary contribution will be dedicated towards ensuring greater support for developing country participation in the subcommittee meetings of the UN Tax Committee, which are currently unfunded.
NAM has also stressed the need to scale up the global partnership to mobilize the additional resources urgently needed to address the remaining gaps and continuing challenges to the full implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.