UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has addressed the participants of XVIII Baku Summit of heads of member states and governments of the Non-Aligned Movement, APA reports.
The statement has been voiced by UN Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo.
The UN Secretary-General has congratulated Azerbaijan on the occasion of taking over the chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Stating that the Non-Aligned Movement plays an important role in the international community, Antonio Guterres emphasized that the Movement has made a significant contribution to the work of the UN.
He said that two-thirds of NAM members are members of the UN, and 80% of UN peacekeepers are formed by these countries. UN Secretary-General noted that the Non-Aligned Movement member countries play an active role in issues such as sustainable development for Peacemaking, etc.
Emphasizing the significance of close cooperation among countries within international organizations, such as the Non-Aligned Movement, A. Guterres said the world is full of uncertainties, some countries are lagging behind the globalization process, and consequently citizens lost their assurance in governments.
He said that, in this condition, the rise of nationalism and populism are felt in the countries, new threats are emerging.
“Although the efforts are made to prevent conflicts, this problem still disturbs the world. A skeptical approach to multilateralism is prevailing, and isolation tendencies emerge at the moment.
All of these put the UN's 75-year priorities under question. We must respond to the problems people encounter”, noted on the UN Secretary-General’s appeal.
A. Guterres has also emphasized he applauds the Non-Aligned Movement's efforts on disarmament: "The UN will work on an agenda with the Non-Aligned Movement member states to restrict nuclear weapons. Stability is essential for sustainable development”.