The Youth Network of the Non-Aligned Movement has now officially been made as the NAM Youth Organisation. The Shusha Accords founded the NAM Youth Organization on the basis of the NAM Youth Network, established in October 2021, at the initiative of Chairman of NAM, Ilham Aliyev The document on the establishment of the NAM Youth Organization named the ‘Shusha Accord’, will serve for entering the name of Shusha into the history of the Non-Aligned Movement. The headquarters of the NAM Youth Organisation will be located in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. During the Shusha session, the logo and flag of the NAM Youth Organisation were also adopted.

The NAM Youth Summit was one of the biggest youth events of 2022. The Summit was attended by more than 60 developing nations encompassing four continents. Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly was one of the dignitaries who attended the NAM Youth Summit. In his opening address, the UNGA President commended the Government of Azerbaijan for organizing the event, and for its steadfast leadership and focus on youth and youth issues.

“Young people number nearly 2 billion around the world, making up the largest generation of young people in history. Of this, almost 90% reside in developing countries, where the Member States of the Non-Aligned Movement constitute absolute majority. And yet, young people, especially the vulnerable and marginalized, continue to be disproportionately impacted by global challenges, from COVID to climate. Despite this, time and again it is the youth that have risen above these challenges – reminding us of their resilience; resilience which they carry forward to their countries and communities. We have seen this in how they have helped to rebuild their lives and those around them during the COVID-19 pandemic. We see this now, as young people around the world push for social, environmental and economic change and transformation”, the UNGA President stated. “In a post-pandemic world, we must ensure the inclusion and participation of youth in building back better and stronger. This starts with us. Institutions like the United Nations and bodies like the Non-Aligned Movement represent the strength of multilateralism and international cooperation.”, he added.

At the opening ceremony, the current chairman of the Youth Network of the Non-Aligned Movement, Ordukhan Kahramanzade, spoke and talked about the activities and future plans of the Network, which was established last year.

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov in his speech said the Youth summit has demonstrated the ability to find common ground for action that will further lead to mutual cooperation and uphold the shared values of the organization. “The future of the world lies in the hands of you – the youth. When empowered and given the right opportunities, youth are effective drivers of progress,” he added.
The Non-Aligned Movement recognises the role youth can play in modern societies. The Baku Summit of the NAM held in 2019 reaffirmed the importance of the inclusion of youth in the process of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the SDGs, and National Development Policies. On the sidelines of the Baku Summit, the first-ever NAM Youth Summit took place on 24-25 October 2019. 40 young people representing 40 different NAM Member States attended this event. The participants were divided into three groups, each dedicated to one of the “three pillars” of the United Nations: Peace and Security, Human Rights, and Sustainable Development. On October 5, 2021, the NAM Youth Network was officially launched. Jeyhun Bayramov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan in his keynote address said that NAM Youth Network is expected to gradually transform to one of the most effective youth organizations at the global scale. The world today is home to the largest generation of young people in history – 1.8 billion. Close to 90 percent of them live in developing countries, where the Member States of the Non-Aligned Movement constitute absolute majority. “Connected to each other like never before, young people contribute to the resilience of their communities by proposing innovative solutions and driving social progress. At the same time, they continue to face multifaceted challenges, including, among others, access to quality education, healthcare, and decent work, forced displacement, different forms of discrimination and marginalization, all of which impede them to achieve their full potential. The way how young people navigate their way and overcome these challenges is critical for the progress of mankind. Youth development and youth engagement are essential elements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well”, he stressed on the significance of the NAM Youth Network at the time of the launch.

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