Mauritius participated in the XVIII Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement which was held on 25-26 October 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Summit was preceded by the Preparatory Senior Officials Meeting on 21 -22 October and the Preparatory Ministerial Meeting on 23-24 October.
Ambassador J Koonjul, Permanent Representative of Mauritius to the UN led the Mauritius delegation and was the Rapporteur-General of the Summit.
The theme of the Summit was “Upholding the Bandung Principles to ensure concerted and adequate response to the challenges of contemporary world”. In his statement at the Ministerial meeting, Ambassador Koonjul reaffirmed Mauritius’ commitment to the Bandung Principles which have stood the test of time and helped us overcome innumerable challenges. He stated that Mauritius was committed to supporting the efforts of the NAM in addressing the global challenges of environmental degradation, climate change, disarmament, external debt, and terrorism. He further added that as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), Mauritius was highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and expressed the view that NAM, as the largest organization of the South, can provide a strong forum to advance our interest and implement adaptation and mitigation measures.
He further indicated that safeguarding Peace and Security remains of utmost importance and is essential for long-term Economic and Sustainable Development. As the current Chair of the Contact group on piracy off the coast of Somalia, he pointed out that Mauritius remains engaged in peace and security in the Indian Ocean region where apart from piracy, drug smuggling, human trafficking, marine pollution and pillage of marine resources were issues of serious concern.