Non-Aligned movement has articulated often that with the end of the Cold War and emergence of uni-polarity there has been a growing need for the Movement to promote multilateralism while continuing to safeguard the interests of developing countries. For cultural identity is essential for the peaceful cooperation of civilizations. If people have a strong sense of self-identity through culture, they are more likely to interact peacefully with other cultures, with respect for the diversity of value systems and religious beliefs as well as the tangible aspects of culture. As different cultures become more intertwined, these cultural identities may change. The fluid nature of culture can be positive, leading to stronger societal structures and values, but also can destroy minority or less-powerful cultures, leading to the disintegration of fundamental human values.
To see a better cultural blend in the present and perpetuate this practice the movement continues to add members to its alignment every year, urging them to not only promote but also encourage cultural cooperation and respect for cultural diversity among its member states to further the expression within the individual countries as well. It has continuously kept it on its priority list with organising several ministerial meetings with Ministers of Culture and Officers in charge of cultural policies of each member state to accomplish the same. The meetings have found a positive outcome with member states agreeing for the need to protect cultural diversity as its duty to mankind, also as a pressing need of the century to promote respect for pluralism so to bring about seamless integration based on cultural development. To bring this to effect NAM has developed a plan of action in accordance with its own diversity.
1. Cultural tradition and Multiplicity
NAM administers several recommendations for its member states to help them cherish the diverse cultural tradition of each nation and within.
• Devise and put into operation plans and programs to make the inventory, evaluation, dissemination, recovery, maintenance, rehabilitation, preservation and use of the national cultural heritage.
• In protecting the cultural diversity, avoid prejudiced or privileged treatments, as they are damaging to the principles of equity.
• Resort to all accessible media in order to spread this diversity and make it known both at the national and international level.
• Promote multilingualism, in as much as it implies the acknowledgement of the right and duty of each country in the world to both make itself understood and understand others.
• Encourage the trade of information on the compilation, restoration, social use, distribution and conservation of the cultural heritage of their countries.
2. The Role of Education and Acceptance
Realising that education is the process through which this intention can be achieved and disseminated across, laid down recommendations for this as well.
• Plan and employ cultural and educational policies that associate the educational system with the social and cultural setting, based in specific programs related to the culture of each people.
• Plan and execute educational policies which proclaim the principles of respect for others and tolerance for differences, specially addressed to boys and girls, and youth.
• Devise and put into practice education policies so to beat the idea of culture as fine arts, and that of creativity as artistic inspiration. Promoting wider dimensions of culture and creativity will pave the way to cultural development for different human groups in all ranges of age.
3. Inter-communication and Worldwide integration
To promote dialogue and reduce growing negativity of media, Governments should design and implement policies to:
• Ensuring all citizens democratic and participatory access to information and the media.
• Make utmost use of the mass communication industry to propagate the pluralism of member countries.
• In the era of globalization, pursue a leading role for the media as culture promoters, by means of a redefinition of the communicator individual in the light of culture.
• Launch marketing and information drives and campaigns.
4. Cultural development
The Ministers and officers in charge of cultural policies recommended that governments:
• Assume culture as a matter of State within their development plans and programs, acknowledging cultural development and cultural rights as fundamental concepts.
• Find appropriate ways and means to achieve balance between development and the preservation of the cultural heritage.
• Introduce legislation aimed to promote, disseminate and respect cultural rights.
Non-Aligned Movement according to many may have lost its appeal but under the wraps of its collaboration it continues to work for the entire globe in order to maintain peace and harmony while, continuing to take measures to raise the global living standards.