No one can deny the adverse effects of increased human intervention into the ecological arena that manifests itself in the changed and unpredictable climate patterns, extinguished natural resources, global temperature rise leading to melting of glaciers, intense and longer droughts, uneven precipitation, frequent occurrence of terrible natural disasters and other natural havocs. With the global temperature rising to its highest limit in human history in 2017 and the world facing challenges to overcome its consequences, it is important worldwide that the nations hold the hands of peace and interdependency and contribute to the sustainability of the natural order.
The environmental conditions, calculations and predictions that have been made with regard to the changing climatic conditions which hold the capability to make the issues of the modern world more intricate and edgy has been unfortunately constantly ignored by the political organizations of the world so as to secure economic and material goals for their countries.
NAM, sensing the need for a co-operative and collaborative stance, urges its Member States and rest of the world to keep the environmental policies that till far have taken a backseat and have become secondary to the primary game of power and money. This surely has had visible effects.
NAM, ever since its foundation, has conventionally been sensitive to environment and has encouraged its Member States to participate in several measures taken by UN to encourage sustainability and development. It has also motivated its Member States to take positive measures on their own that could contribute to the world at large. It appeals to the world, especially the developed nations, to reduce carbon waste and supports rigorously the innovation and technological advancements required to free the production and manufacturing industries from the burden that they have been putting on our environment. NAM has realised the universality of the problem way before the problem gained recognition world-wide.
NAM has requested the nations to come out of their shells of narrow capitalism and rise beyond it so as to lead the world towards sustainable goals that could save it from the devastating catastrophes the changing environment has in store for the human race. NAM’s role in promoting peace, security and development around the world is undeniable and unquestionable.
The 18th Mid-term Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) saw a strengthening of its commitment to sustainable development and holding the mantel for peace. The theme of the Conference “Promoting International Peace and Security for Sustainable Development” highlight the interdependence of peace and development.
NAM has adopted the Baku Declaration which reiterates the importance of multilateralism and echoes the countries commitment to full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Declaration also restates climate change as a significant challenge and raised concerns about its impact especially on developing countries’ efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development.
NAM backs the international environmental law of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities And Respective Capabilities (CBDR-RC) within the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that acknowledges the different capabilities and differing responsibilities of individual countries in addressing climate change.
NAM also urges the developed countries to fulfil their commitments on finance, technology and capacity building. NAM has also welcomed the International Solar Alliance as a visible contribution towards SDG 13 that is climate action and SDG 7 that is affordable and clean energy.
NAM, through its initiatives, has created awareness and shared knowledge among its Member States by motivating them to assess the impacts and vulnerability of climate change in the world. NAM has also encouraged the countries to capture local coping strategies by adopting and benefitting from the treasure of traditional knowledge of the respective areas. It has also contributed by focussing on the development of adaptation responses and strategies to build capacities to fight the global phenomenon.