PGMA to bring RP cause to NAM Summit

July 6, 2009 9:16 am 

MANILA, July 6 — President Gloria-Macapagal-Arroyo Arroyo will join hands with 117 other heads of state during the 15th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Egypt to strengthen regional and global cooperation on various political, economic and social issues affecting developing countries like the Philippines.

In a media briefing this afternoon in Malacanang, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said the President is scheduled to attend the 15th NAM summit on July 15 and 16 in Sharm El Sheikh.

Fajardo said the opening ceremonies of the 15th NAM summit will be held in the morning of July 15 while debate sessions will be held in the afternoon.

On July 16, Fajardo said the NAM leaders will hold a general assembly and bilateral talks before the closing of the 15th NAM summit at 5 p.m.

For sure, Fajardo said the President will maximize and capitalize on the opportunities during the 15th NAM summit.

Egypt is one of the founding countries of NAM which also hosted the second summit in Cairo in 1964.

The NAM, whose membership counts 118 heads of State, make up nearly two-thirds of the members of the United Nations (UN), making it an important forum for developing countries to work out a coordinated stance on various political, economic, and social issues on the international agenda.

The visit to Egypt is part of the President’s international commitment to seek better relationships and give a stronger voice for developing countries to promote their socio-economic and political growth.

As the leading voice of developing countries, the President has been at the forefront in combating domestic and regional terrorism, promoting interfaith dialogue to attain durable peace, including stronger cooperation against poverty to advance peace and development in the region.

In recent years, NAM has elevated the interests of developing countries in its struggles for self-determination, the pursuit of world peace and the search for a more equitable and just global order.

These include proposals for a more balanced global growth through constructive and realistic positions that are approved by its members.

The 15th NAM summit will be also attended by around 22 observers and guest states.

Held every three years, the last NAM summit was held in September 2006 in Havana, Cuba.

Egypt will remain as chairman of the movement until 2012. (PNA)

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