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Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
Member countries Observer countries
|Coordinating Bureau||New York City, New York, U.S.|
• Principal decision-
|Conference of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned Countries|
|Establishment||1961 in Belgrade
as the Conference of Heads of State of Government of Non-Aligned Countries
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is an international organization (group of countries) who do not want to be officially aligned with or against any major power bloc (group of countries). In 2018, the movement had 125 members and 25 observer countries.
The group was started in Belgrade in 1961. It was created by Yugoslavia's President, Josip Broz Tito, India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, Egypt's second President, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Ghana's first president Kwame Nkrumah, and Indonesia's first President, Sukarno. All five leaders believed that developing countries should not help either the Western or Eastern blocs in the Cold War. They also believed that developing countries should not be capitalist or communist, but should try to find a different way to help their people.
The Havana Declaration of 1979 said that the purpose of the organization is to help countries keep their "the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries" in their "struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neocolonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics." This means that they wanted to govern their countries without the main capitalist powers nor the major socialist states telling them how.
The countries of the non-aligned movement are nearly two-thirds of the United Nations's members and 55% of the world population.
Between summits, the Non-Aligned Movement is run by the secretary-general elected at last summit meeting. As a considerable part of the movement's work is undertaken at the United Nations in New York, the chair country's ambassador to the UN is expected to devote time and effort to matters concerning the Non-Aligned Movement. The Coordinating Bureau, also based at the UN, is the main instrument for directing the work of the movement's task forces, committees and working groups.
|Secretaries-General of the Non-Aligned Movement|
|Josip Broz Tito||Yugoslavia||League of Communists of Yugoslavia||1961||1964|
|Gamal Abdel Nasser||United Arab Republic||Arab Socialist Union||1964||1970|
|Kenneth Kaunda||Zambia||United National Independence Party||1970||1973|
|Houari Boumediène||Algeria||Revolutionary Council||1973||1976|
|William Gopallawa||Sri Lanka||Independent||1976||1978|
|Junius Richard Jayewardene||United National Party||1978||1979|
|Fidel Castro||Cuba||Communist Party of Cuba||1979||1983|
|Neelam Sanjiva Reddy||India||Janata Party||1983|
|Zail Singh||Congress Party||1983||1986|
|Janez Drnovšek||Yugoslavia||League of Communists of Yugoslavia||1989||1990|
|Borisav Jović||Socialist Party of Serbia||1990||1991|
|Stjepan (Stipe) Mesić||Croatian Democratic Union||1991|
|Branko Kostić||Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro||1991||1992|
|Suharto||Indonesia||Partai Golongan Karya||1992||1995|
|Ernesto Samper||Colombia||Colombian Liberal Party||1995||1998|
|Andrés Pastrana Arango||Colombian Conservative Party||1998|
|Nelson Mandela||South Africa||African National Congress||1998||1999|
|Mahathir Mohamad||Malaysia||United Malays National Organisation||2003|
|Abdullah Ahmad Badawi||2003||2006|
|Fidel Castro||Cuba||Communist Party of Cuba||2006||2008|
|Hosni Mubarak||Egypt||National Democratic Party||2009||2011|
|Mohamed Hussein Tantawi||Independent||2011||2012|
|Mohamed Morsi||Freedom and Justice Party||2012|
|Mahmoud Ahmadinejad||Iran||Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran||2012||2013|
|Hassan Rouhani||Combatant Clergy Association||2013||2016|
|Nicolás Maduro||Venezuela||United Socialist Party of Venezuela||2016||2019|
|Ilham Aliyev||Azerbaijan||New Azerbaijan Party||2019||(2022)|
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Costa Rica
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dominican Republic
- Equatorial Guinea
- Ivory Coast
- North Korea
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- Cyprus Cyprus is a founding member of NAM and on 2004 Cyprus ceased their membership along with Malta until they became a member of the European Union.
- Malta Malta officially joined the Non Aligned Movement in 1974 and on 2004 Malta ceased their membership along with Cyprus until they became a member of the European Union.
- Poland Poland officially joined the Non Aligned Movement in 1989 and on 2004 Poland ceased their membership along with Cyprus and Malta until they became a member of the European Union.
- Yugoslavia Yugoslavia is a founding member of NAM. The Yugoslavian capital, Belgrade, is the birthplace of NAM. Yugoslavia hosted NAM's summits from 1961 to 1964 and 1989 to 1992. They withdrew from the Non Aligned Movement in 1992 along with their dissolution. Bosnia and Herzegovina is the only part of the Former Yugoslavia that currently joined the Non Aligned Movement.
- Ukraine (Dropped Observer Status)
The following countries and organizations have observer status: