NAM

NAM Structure:

 

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was established as such with a view to avoid the bureaucratic implications of an International Organization. Its founding fathers and their successors recognized that the Movement would probably be destroyed if they created such formal structures for the Movement as a Charter and a Secretariat.

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is led by a Chair that rotates every three years during Summit Conferences. Since the XVII NAM Summit of Island of Margarita, held in September 2016, the Movement has been chaired by H.E. Mr. Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. He is assisted and/or advised by the former and upcoming Chair of the Movement; that is, Iran and Azerbaijan, respectively. This Troika represents the past, present and future of the Movement.

The positions, mandates and courses of action adopted by the Heads of State or Government or the Ministers of the Movement are articulated and carried out by the political body of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM); namely, its Coordinating Bureau (CoB), which is composed of the 120 Member States of the Movement, and is based at the headquarters of the United Nations, in New York. The NAM CoB, which meets on a monthly basis, at the ambassadorial level, is currently chaired by H.E. Mr. Samuel Moncada, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations.

In addition to the NAM CoB, the Movement has also other Chapters in which it carries its activities, with a view to advance, promote and defend its positions and interests; namely:

1.NAM Chapter in Geneva, chaired by H.E. Mr. Jorge Valero, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nation Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva. This Chapter deals mostly with the coordination of positions within the framework of the Human Rights Council, the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, and with matters related to disarmament and non-proliferation, among others.

2. NAM Chapter in Vienna, chaired by H.E. Mr. Jesse Chacón, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nation Office and Other International Organizations in Vienna. This Chapter deals mostly with the coordination of positions within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and with matters related to disarmament and non-proliferation, among others.

3. NAM Chapter in Paris, chaired by H.E. Mr. Héctor Constant, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to UNESCO. This Chapter deals mostly with the implementation of the NAM Political Declaration and Programme of Action on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (Tehran+10), among others.

4. NAM Chapter in The Hague, chaired by H.E. Mrs. Haifa El Aissami, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the OPCW, ICC and Other International Organizations in The Hague. This Chapter deals mostly with the coordination of positions within the framework of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

With a view to assist the Chair of the NAM CoB and ensure full and proper follow-up to the mandates and implementation of the positions adopted by the Heads of State or Government or the Ministers of the Movement at the different Conferences, the Movement has established different Working Groups, Contact Groups, Task Forces and Committees, which meet as often as necessary. They work within the framework of the main political organs of the United Nations, and usually initiate and promote resolutions, gather support for them, coordinate statements on various agenda items, among others.

The following are the Working Groups and Committees that are currently active in the Movement, and whose coordinators periodically brief the Coordinating Bureau on their respective activities:

  1. NAM Working Group on the Revitalization of the General Assembly, coordinated by Algeria.

2. NAM Working Group on the Restructuring of the Security Council, coordinated by Egypt.

3. NAM Working Group on Disarmament, coordinated by Indonesia.

4. NAM Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations, coordinated by Morocco.

5. NAM Working Group on Human Rights, coordinated by Cuba.

6. NAM Working Group on Legal Matters, coordinated by Iran.

7. NAM Ministerial Committee on Palestine, chaired by H.E. Mr. Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, Minister of the People’s Power for Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in his capacity as Chair of the Movement. It is composed of the following Member States, mainly former Chairs of the Movement: Algeria, Bangladesh, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Palestine, South Africa, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In addition, the members of the NAM Caucus in the Security Council are invited to its meetings in an Ad Hoc basis, along with other Special Guests such as the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the League of Arab States and the African Union.

8. NAM Caucus in the Security Council, its coordination rotates on a monthly basis, based on alphabetical order. For 2019, it is composed of the following Member States: Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru and South Africa. The Chair of the NAM CoB meets at the beginning of each month with the Member States of the Caucus to go over the monthly Programme of Work of the Security Council and identify possible spaces for the Movement to participate, with a view to promote and defend its positions.

9. NAM Caucus in the Peacebuilding Commission, coordinated by Bangladesh.

10. Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC), entrusted with the strengthening of the cooperation between the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Group of the 77, and with the promotion of the interests of developing countries in international fora. The JCC is composed of the Chair of NAM and the Chair of the G77, currently hold by the State of Palestine.

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