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Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organization (AAPSO)

Website: http://www.aapsorg.org/

Category: Development

Year of Foundation: 1958

Location of Foundation: Cairo, Egypt

Location of Headquarters: Cairo, Egypt

Brief Description: The Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organization describes itself as 'a mass non-governmental organization with national committees in more than 90 countries in Asia and Africa, and has associate member committees in Europe and Latin America. ... AAPSO is considered as a popular extension of the objectives of NAM [Non-Aligned Movement].' (Source: www.aapsorg.org; accessed 4 February 2010).

Founding Rationales:

The Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Conference held in Cairo in 1958 made the following decision: 'realizing the importance of continuing and developing the work for the solidarity amongst the Afro-Asian peoples, resolves to establish a permanent organization to carry out the following tasks: 1. To implement and put into practice the resolutions and recommendations of the Conference. 2. To promote and strengthen the Afro-Asian solidarity movements in all countries of the two continents. 3. To act as a permanent liaison between the solidarity movements in the various countries. ... The Secretariat shall divide the responsibilities amongst its members as it deems it necessary, and shall be collectively responsible for the work. The Conference resolves that the Secretariat should take urgent measures to publish a "Journal" at such regular intervals as it considers it possible. The Conference appeals to the peoples in all countries of Asia and Africa to establish "National Afro-Asian Peoples' Solidarity Committees" where they do not exist, and to wider strengthen the existing committees.'

Source: 'Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Conference. Cairo, December 26, 1957 - January 1, 1958.' (Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1958), pp. 264-265.

Evolution of Membership:

Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organization Membership Chart

Source: YIO