1972 Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers Conference

The Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers Conference was held in Georgetown, Guyana from 8 August to 12 August 1972.[2]

1972 Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers Conference
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Umana Yana, V.I.P. lounge for the conference
Host countryGuyana
Date8 August 1972 (1972-08-08) – 12 August 1972 (1972-08-12)
Venue(s)Pegasus Hotel[1]
CitiesGeorgetown, Guyana
Followsfirst foreign ministers conference
Precedes1975 Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers Conference (Lima, Peru)

It was attended by delegations from 59 Non-Aligned Movement member countries, 12 delegations of observers and 8 guests. The Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia was recognized as the sole legitimate representative of Cambodia and to the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Viet Nam was admitted as a full member.[3] Delegates from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Lao staged a protest walk-out to convey dissatisfaction with this decision. China's renewed interest in the movement was tied with growing need for support against the USSR, and returning the favor for admission to the United Nations, with votes mostly coming from non-aligned nations.[4]

The conference adopted an Action Programme for Economic Co-operation called the "Georgetown Declaration". The meeting included a call for resolution in the Middle East and the withdrawal of Israel from Arab territories.[5] Also, a proposal was endorsed for a meeting of non-aligned ministers prior to any United Nations General Assembly meetings in order to "coordinate their positions" as well as establish annual meetings of heads of state.[4]

The Umana Yana, a conical palm hut (benab), was erected for as a V.I.P. lounge and recreation centre.[6]

Commemorative statueEdit

During the conference, the Non-aligned Monument to the four founders of the Non-Aligned Movement - President Nasser of Egypt, President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Jawaharlal Nehru of India and President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia - was erected in Company Path Garden and was unveiled by the then President, Arthur Chung.[7] Each bust was sculpted in the home country of their likeness, and the quartz base from the Mazaruni area, and decorated with jasper from Orinduik Falls.[8]


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  3. ^ "Conference of Foreign Ministers of Non-Aligned Countries". www.marxists.org. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b Kochan, Ran (1972). "Changing Emphasis in the Non-Aligned Movement". The World Today. 28 (11): 501–508. ISSN 0043-9134.
  5. ^ Guyana (8 June 1973). "Letter dated 73/06/07 from the Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council". United Nations Digital Library System.
  6. ^ "Umana Yana, African Liberation Monument". Guyana Times International. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  7. ^ "NON – ALIGNED MONUMENT | National Trust of Guyana". 19 November 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Monuments of Guyana". Guyana Chronicle. Retrieved 17 February 2021.