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Tight  Security as Non-Aligned Movement Summit Begins



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By : Hason Mutunzi Bwambale 

The 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) officially commenced today, with hundreds of senior officials arriving in the country yesterday. Security measures have been intensified at the airport and designated hotels, which will serve as residences for the attending delegates. The highly anticipated summit is set to bring together between 1000 and 1500 delegates from across the globe and will run from January 15th to January 20th, under the theme “Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence.”

As the world’s largest and most diverse diplomatic forum, the NAM summit serves as a platform for participating countries to discuss global issues, promote multilateral cooperation, and discuss ways to enhance shared prosperity. This year’s summit holds particular significance as it occurs in the midst of rapidly evolving international dynamics and amid a global pandemic that has posed new challenges for the international community.

With numerous high-profile officials set to attend the event, security measures have been significantly bolstered around transport and accommodation areas. At the airport, stringent checks and strict protocols have been implemented to ensure safe arrivals and departures for the delegates. Similarly, hotels hosting the visiting officials have witnessed a surge in security personnel, providing round-the-clock surveillance to guarantee the safety of all participants.

The Non-Aligned Movement, comprising 120 member countries, seeks to promote peace, security, and collaboration among nations, fostering principles of mutual respect, non-interference, and independence in international relations. Over the years, the NAM has played a crucial role in shaping global policy and advocating for the interests of developing nations.

During the summit, crucial discussions are expected to take place on pertinent global issues, including climate change, economic cooperation, disarmament, and regional conflicts. Member nations will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, share experiences, and seek common ground on various topics, all with the aim of addressing the challenges faced by a rapidly changing world.

To ensure inclusivity and meaningful participation, the agenda of the summit has been carefully crafted to cover the diverse concerns and aspirations of member nations. This comprehensive approach reflects the NAM’s commitment to empowering all nations, regardless of their size, to play an active role in global affairs.

As the summit commences, the eyes of the world turn to the host country (Uganda)  anticipating significant outcomes and tangible steps towards cooperation and shared global prosperity. Indeed, the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement marks a critical juncture in global diplomacy, highlighting the continued importance of multilateralism in addressing the complex and interconnected challenges of our time.

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