Baku, 6 July 2023 (TDI): Azerbaijan successfully concluded the two-day Ministerial Meeting of the Coordination Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on July 6, 2023, with the adoption of several important documents and progressive discussions between states and non-state actors.


The meeting witnessed the participation of 93 countries and international organizations, including member states, countries, and organizations with observer status as well as special guests from various countries.

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The meeting highlighted the successes and developments of NAM over the years, from the development of the NAM Parliamentary Network and the Youth organization to the recent membership of South Sudan.

Approving Several Documents

The participants compared notes over a broad spectrum of issues, and afterward, several important documents were adopted unanimously, including the Baku Declaration, the Commemorative Declaration on the 100th anniversary of National Leader Heydar Aliyev, the Final Document as well as the Special Declaration on the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.

Conducting Parallel Events

During the ministerial meeting, an event devoted to the 100th anniversary of Heydar Aliyev, the famous Azerbaijani National Leader, was organized on July 5 and a conference titled “Towards the total elimination of colonialism” took place on July 6. Both of these events contributed to the success of the ministerial meeting.

Thus, the success of the meeting and the accomplishments claimed by the Movement under Azerbaijan’s chairmanship from 2019-2023 have elevated the country’s position in the community of states.

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During its esteemed leadership, Azerbaijan has always demonstrated its firm commitment to bringing NAM members together by organizing summits and virtual meetings, to exchange views on varied issues of common interest and promote unity and cooperation among the member states.

Azerbaijan assumed the NAM Chairmanship in 2019 and was scheduled to hand it over to Uganda in 2022. Although the latter could not take over at that time, considering the exceptional leadership of Azerbaijan, the members decided that Azerbaijan should continue to hold the presidency for one more year.

Thus, with the start of the new year, Azerbaijan will transfer the Chairmanship of the Movement to Uganda in January 2024.