Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda represented President Yoweri Museveni at the 17th Summit of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM), that took place on 17th and 18th September 2016, at Margarita Island in Venezuela.
The NAM is a grouping of countries, which were not aligned to the East or West during the Cold War.
The organisation played an important role in the decolonisation and independence struggles in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America and Pacific regions.
The theme for this year’s summit was ” Peace, Sovereignty and Solidarity for Development.”
The last recent NAM Summits were hosted by Colombia (1995), South Africa (1998), Malaysia (2003), Cuba (2006), Egypt (2009), and Iran (2012).
Speaking ahead of the Summit, Prime Minister Rugunda praised the role played by the NAM during its 55-year history in promoting peace and adherence to a world free of conflict.
“Uganda continues to support the ideals of the Non Aligned Movement, including the struggle for a just and equitable world order, freedom from colonialism, foreign occupation, the right to self-determination and sustainable development,” Dr Rugunda said.
During the Summit, Prime Minister Rugunda also made a statement on behalf of Uganda.