NAM Supporting NEPAD

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is a Programme of the African Union (AU) that seeks to eradicate poverty, place African countries, both individually and collectively, on a path of sustainable growth and development, build the capacity of Africa to participate actively in the world economy and body politic, and accelerate the empowerment of women. NEPAD was formally adopted as an integrated socio-economic development framework for Africa by the 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the then Organization of African Unity (OAU) held in Lusaka, Zambia, in July 2001.
The endorsement of NEPAD epitomized the commitment of African leaders and people to pursue new priorities and approaches towards socio-economic transformation and development of the continent. Several principles have guided the implementation of NEPAD as a framework for the transformation and renewal of Africa to meet the above objectives.
These principles, which will continue to guide NPCA, include: good governance as a basic requirement for peace, security and sustainable political and socio-economic development; African ownership and leadership, as well as broad and deep participation by all sectors of society; anchoring the development of Africa on its resources and resourcefulness of its people; partnership between and amongst African peoples; acceleration of regional and continental integration; building the competitiveness of African countries and the continent as a whole; forging a new international partnership that changes the unequal relationship between Africa and the developed world.
These visions are consistent with those of the Non-Aligned Movement which thus has ensured its continued support for Africa’s development initiatives, including the continental strategic vision framework for socio- economic development.
Since NEPAD comprises those African states, who are also the members of NAM, such states have used their membership of NAM to press for greater negotiations of NEPAD and the developing world. The most prime example of this was witnessed in 2001 when South Africa, as Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement led NAPED to a series of negotiations with the G-7 countries, trying to convince them, along solidly orthodox lines, to improve the conditions for Africa’s place in the global economy. The then African President Thabo Mbeki used his speech at the 54th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 1999, and particularly his “Address as Chairperson of the NAM at the opening of the South Summit” in Havana, 12 April 2000 to develop an eloquent plea for the introduction of what he calls a global “caring society” to soften the harsher aspects of global capitalism.
In 2002, the declaration of the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the Non-Aligned Movement, UN General Assembly, New York, 18 September 2002 welcomed the adoption of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as representing the collective determination and commitment of African governments and people to take control over their future development.
At the Algiers Ministerial meet 2014, NAM Ministers stressed the need to strengthen cooperation among African countries through South-South cooperation, triangular cooperation and an enhanced South/South partnership, especially in agriculture, education, health and environment as well as the exchange of experiences and know-how in all these sectors.
In this regard NAM looks upon the NEPAD with a lot of optimism and potential. At the Algiers ministerial meet, NAM ministers also welcomed the recent steps undertaken by the African Countries to achieve the full Integration of NEPAD into the Structures and Processes of the African Union on the basis of the 13- points conclusion of Algiers, Algeria, NEPAD Ministers Implementing Committee (HSGIC), Brainstorming Summit, of March 2007, and the outcomes of the Dakar, Senegal, NEPAD Review Summit of April 2008. In this context, NAM also welcomed the establishment of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) as a technical body of the AU to replace the NEPAD Secretariat.
As the largest collective body of the global South, which constantly works for a greater assertion of the developing world into the international order, NAM has extended its full support to South-regional initiatives that aim at South-South cooperation. As such, the movement has urged developed countries to engage in effective partnerships such as the NEPAD and other similar initiatives with the developing countries, for the purposes of the realization of their right to development including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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