Only days after a summit of the G8 group of rich nations, a rival conference of developing countries is taking place in Egypt.
Leaders from the 118 members of the Non-Aligned Movement insist that all countries in the world have to be involved in finding solutions to the current economic crisis. Cuban President Raul Castro said: “100 million people in the world, particularly in our nations, are victims of illiteracy, unemployment, hunger, poverty and curable illnesses.” With growing questions about the relevancy of the Non-Aligned Movement, observers say much of the focus may turn to bilateral talks. Similar questions about relevency have also been directed at the G8. Among the highlights of this meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, the prime ministers of Pakistan and India are expected to meet on the sidelines, amid ongoing tension in their relations.