Foreign Ministers from seventeen nations flew into Algiers on Sunday (17th March) for a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement's Permanent Bureau.
Foreign Ministers from seventeen nations flew into Algiers on Sunday (17th March) for a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement's Permanent Bureau. The delegates are expected to draft proposals for reforming economic relations between poor developing nations and wealthy industrialised countries.
The meeting, which begins on Tuesday (19th March) is being held to prepare for a special session of the United Nations General Assembly next month, where the proposals on economic relations could form the basis of discussions.
The Algerian President, Houari Boumedienne, current chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement, asked for the United Nations special session. It's due to begin next month to review prices of world primary products in relations to manufactured goods. Other producers of raw materials share the Algeiran view that the increasing depreciation of their purchasing power is intolerable.
As well as the fifteen permanent Bureau members, representatives from India and Mali have also been invited to the Non-Aligned meeting. Chile, which chaired the fourth Non-Aligned summit conference in Algiers last September, has not been invited.
The Movement has only one criterion defining a nation as non-aligned: that it is not a member of any military pacts. It's membership has trebled since the first Non-Aligned summit in 1961, and the Movement now represents over a third of the world's population.