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Sri Lanka President Calls for NAM Transformation to Lead Global South in Evolving Multipolar World

(Kampala, Uganda – January 19, 2024) In a compelling address at the 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Kampala, Uganda, Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe passionately urged member states to redefine their objectives, positioning NAM as the largest bloc representing the Global South. Emphasizing the need for transformation in line with the evolving multipolar world, President Wickremesinghe called for unity among the 120 member countries to oppose big power rivalry and the coercion of uncommitted states.

Under the theme “Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence,” President Wickremesinghe highlighted the pressing issues of digital divides and Weapons of Mass Destruction, stressing how they have exacerbated inequalities between NAM developing states and the developed world. Urgency was underscored in addressing these challenges, and the President emphasized the critical role of a strong, united NAM in contributing to a better world.

The leader urged the reinvention of NAM to not only confront immediate issues but also to contribute to building a multipolar world that addresses political, economic, social, and climate change mitigation aspirations of the Global South. President Wickremesinghe articulated the importance of NAM’s role in shaping a global landscape that respects the sovereignty of nations and fosters cooperation rather than competition.

As a forum comprising nations not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc, NAM faces the challenge of navigating a complex geopolitical environment. President Wickremesinghe’s call for transformation resonates with the need for a united front to tackle contemporary global challenges and promote shared prosperity among member states.

The 19th NAM summit in Kampala serves as a pivotal moment for member states to reflect on their collective objectives and redefine their role in the international arena. ( )

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