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Title:The Contribution of African Diplomacy to the Non-Aligned Movement and the group of 77
Author:Zang, LaurentISNI
Periodical:African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 0850-7902)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Inter-African Relations
international relations
developing countries
United Nations
Non-Aligned Movement (Organization)
Group of 77
Abstract:The main involvement of African States in multilateral diplomacy is achieved through their participation in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Group of 77 (G77), an informal coalition of Third World countries within the United Nations. The aggregation and articulation of African interests in Third World coalitions is realized inside the UN African Group, which is an emanation of the OAU. The UN African Group has increased the level of effective participation of African countries in Third World coalitions. The present article considers the role of African countries in the formation of the NAM and the G77 and their participation in Third World coalitions through the hosting of various meetings and conferences, and political and ideological inputs. Africa played an important role in the reorientation of NAM towards economic problems and the creation of G77. African inputs have been decisive in the launching of the New International Economic Order (NIEO). Africa has often exhibited a united front within Third World coalitions and this has enabled Africans to reap some results in these groups. Their number has also been a decisive factor of influence. Their hospitality and their commitment have ensured the continuity of Third World coalitions. Bibliogr., notes, ref.