Non-Aligned Movement’s Recognition of CELAC towards Integration and Cooperation in Caribbean and Latin America

In the quest for achieving greater cooperation among the countries of Latin America, to promote market integration and political solidarity, a number of organizations have been formulated in the region. The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) represents one of the newer regional blocs in the Americas. Officially inaugurated in 2011, it seeks to represent the interests of a wider set of actors CELAC’s founding declaration backs “political, economic, social, and cultural integration” as its method “to advance social welfare, the quality of life, economic growth, and to promote independent and sustainable development.” CELAC’s members include every country in the Americas, with the exception of Canada, the United States, and the territories of European countries in the Western Hemisphere. Altogether, the organization encompasses 33 countries representing roughly 600 million people.
CELAC is a regional forum that brings together all of Latin America and the Caribbean. CELAC aspires to be a unique voice and structured decision-making policy decisions in the political and cooperation in support of regional integration programs. It was created with a commitment to advance the gradual process of regional integration, unity and carefully balancing political, economic, social and cultural diversity of Latin America and the Caribbean of 600 million people. Since its launch in December 2011, the CELAC has helped to deepen respectful dialogue among all countries in the region in areas such as social development, education, nuclear disarmament, family farming, culture, finance, energy and the environment. After two years of work, the CELAC has encouraged Latin American and Caribbean vision itself as a community of nations, capable of dialogue and consensus building on issues of common interest. By mandate of the Heads of State and Government, CELAC is the unified voice of the region on issues of consensus. With its vision consistent with that of the Non-Aligned Movement -the largest grouping of countries of the Global South- the latter recognizes that the Community has become a representative mechanism for political consultation, integration and cooperation of Latin American and Caribbean States and as a common space to ensure the unity and integration of the region.
At the Algiers Ministerial Conference, NAM leaders recalled the successful and historic founding Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States which took place in Caracas, Venezuela, on 2 and 3 December 2011 as an important additional step in the quest for integration and unity among the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean and in the context of the bicentennial celebrations of the struggles for independence of many countries in the region The movement welcomed the successful outcomes of the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, held in Havana, Cuba, on January 28 and 29, 2014 and showed its appreciation for the political will, reiterated by the Heads of State and Government of the region on that occasion, to continue working together for Latin American and Caribbean integration and coordination as well as for the consolidation of the Community, and recognized the important steps taken so far in that regard. The movement further underlined the importance of CELAC as international and regional actor and a contributor to the region’s further integration into the international arena.
NAM noted with noted with appreciation the efforts of Community of (CELAC), towards the adoption of a “Special Declaration on Nuclear Disarmament” at its Second Summit, held in Havana, Cuba, which reiterated call to all States, particularly nuclear weapons States to eliminate the role of nuclear weapons from their doctrines, security policies and military strategies and policies or as a prospective approach for addressing conflicts with a view to achieving the complete elimination of these weapons, irrespective of their type and geographical location. NAM has also welcomed the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace in the framework of the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, as a significant contribution to international peace and security.
Thus, it can be seen that the Non-Aligned Movement is extending its full support to the smaller grouping of nations of the Global South and has helped organizations like CELEC to effectively assert their voices in global multilateral forums.

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