15 July : The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for NAM member countries to agree upon a comprehensive convention on International terrorism.Addressing the gathering of heads of NAM countries on Wednesday in Sharm El Shaikh in Egypt he emphasised that there should be no safe havens for terrorists.
Talking about the economic issues, Singh said that no non aligned summit has ever been held in an economic and financial crisis that grips the world. Members of the NAM have been hardest hit.
He emphasised that if the aftermath of the crisis is not carefully managed it will result in a period of prolonged stagflation.The NAM countries have great stake in ensuring that steps planned to revive the global economic to take into account concerns of the developing countries.
These include challenges of food security, energy security, the environment and the reform of institutes of global governance
Acknowledging that diversity of NAM is its greatest strength the Prime Minister said that importing skills to youth and the poor will help the developing world become a major source of future global economic growth.
On climate change the Manmohan Singh said that unsustainable life styles in developed world have been responsible for the accumulation of green house gases.
He also said that climate change actions must not perpetuate the poverty of developing countries.
On the Palestinian problem, Singh said that the NAM movement must do more to facilitate a comprehensive, just, lasting and peaceful settlement of the Palestinian issue.
He also said that NAM should work to give Africa’s problems pre eminence in the global development agenda.
Manmohan Singh firmly stated that history has shown that NAM is an idea that evolves but does not fade away.
The relevance of NAM has never been greater than today. Cooperation trade and investment among NAM countries can contribute significantly in reviving the world economy.