South Africa pressing for reform, nuclear disarmament at NAM conference

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JOHANNESBURG, April 6 (ANA) – South Africa is pressing members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to engage on reform of the UN Security Council (UNSC), self-determination and nuclear disarmament, at NAM’s two-day 18th Mid-term Ministerial Meeting which concludes on Friday in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Promoting International Peace and Security for Sustainable Development is the theme of the conference.

As a member of NAM’s Special Committee on Palestine the SA delegation, which is being led by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Luwellyn Landers, is trying to coordinate the organisation’s activities in support of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.

The NAM Committee on Palestine is meeting on the margins of the NAM ministerial meeting to review the situation and developments in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

The Committee will make a proposal to the NAM ministerial meeting on a program to be adopted, aimed at advancing the cause of the Palestinian people.

Against an international backdrop of the illicit flow of conventional arms and the potential proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, growing transnational organised crime, people trafficking, the threat of terrorism, and unregulated mass migration South Africa believes there is an urgent need for reform.

Particularly of the architecture of the global system of governance which should incorporate the enhanced voice and representation of Africa in the decision-making structures of international bodies such as the United Nations.

There is also a continuing need to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the AU’s Agenda 2063, in particular, the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan.