President Robert Mugabe has implored Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
member states to voice their concerns openly against unilateral actions
by powerful states that undermine efforts to address poverty and
Speaking at the 17th NAM conference of heads of state and government at the Venetur Hotel and Convention Centre at the Island of Margarita in Venezuela yesterday, Cde Mugabe said Zimbabwe and other NAM members continue to be targets of unwarranted sanctions from powerful countries who use economic muscle to impose their will on weaker states.
"A number of global targets to accelerate sustainable development will come to naught if powerful states are left to continue with their dominance over weaker nations. Countries like Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Iraq are in turmoil because of interference in their internal affairs by and the use of force at the slightest excuse by powerful nations," he said.
Cde Mugabe noted that the 'misguided interventions' have not only created hotbeds and fertile breeding ground for terrorism, but have also triggered unprecedented large scale movements and displacement of people within and across continents.
He said all this increases poverty among global citizens.
"2015 was a year of noteworthy multilateral achievements, beginning with the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, then the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the over-arching Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals. In this regard, we call for the review of the architecture of international financial and economic institutions to make them more democratic, representative and focused on the interests of all, not just a few powerful nations," added Cde Mugabe.
Agenda 2063, a 50-year development blueprint, that was adopted by the African Union (AU) during President Mugabe's tenure as AU Chairman in 2015, seeks to end poverty in the region, and Cde Mugabe said the imposition of illegal sanctions on weaker states will be detrimental to such programmes.
Cde Mugabe also condemned Israel's treatment of Palestinians, Washington's policy on Syria and western sanctions on weaker states including Zimbabwe, adding that NAM members must intensify calls for the reform of the United Nations Security Council so that it becomes more representative, transparent, accountable and accessible.
The President reaffirmed Zimbabwe's commitment to the ideals and principles of NAM, saying the country will continue to support the organisation's collective efforts to achieve peace, security, democracy, human rights, social and economic development for all mankind.