Tuesday, 6 October 2009

50th Asian-African Summit

The three-day meeting, in commemoration of the golden jubilee (50th anniversary) of the original Bandung Conference, the heads of state and representatives of 89 Asian and African countries met in Bandung City, and resulted in the discussion of a number of important international issues and future plans for similar high-level meetings and programs for action. The more than 100 participants are in number the largest-ever gathering of Asian and African leaders.

Leaders of some of the world's richest as well as poorest nations attended the summit, together representing some two-thirds of the world's population. Poverty and underdevelopment, terrorism, UN reform, the breakdown of multilateralism, and the benefits and risks of globalization, were the main issues under discussion.

The two co-hosts of the event were President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia and President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa. Some of the many world leaders, India, China, Japan and Secretray General of the United Nations in attendance .The conference was full of symbolism and music, speeches and celebration in honor of the Bandung Spirit and an attempt to recapture some of the magic of those former days.

The finally, Yudhoyono and Mbeki signed the "Declaration on the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership" in the end of conference.

Spirit of Bandung conference, 1955

The 1955 Bandung conference has assumed almost mythical importance, as the giants of that age addressed post-colonial concerns of 29 Asian, African, and Middle Eastern nations, and collectively brought their interests to the world stage.
The conference, which was attended by the first Premier of the PRC, Zhou Enlai, and the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, was called the "first intercontinental meeting of colored peoples in the history of mankind" by its host Sukarno, who was also first president of Indonesia
Their shared vision gave fresh impetus to the African fight for independence from colonial oppression, and articulated the meaning of the "spirit of Bandung" with ten binding principles of non-aggression and peaceful friendship.

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