60 years ago in 1955 twenty-nine countries participated at the first largest AfroAsian Conference representing nearly one-quarter of the Earth’s land surface and a total population of 1.5 billion people.
This year, the first British AfroAsia Week will be celebrating AfroAsian culture and countries in Great Britain. AfroAsia Week will be building on effectively taking practical action to enumerate diversity in such a way that it engages and brings people together to co exist proactively and positively diminishing negativity.
Our Theme “Not Just A Minority” defines our focus to recognise and celebrate, learn and develop understanding of the importance of Africans and Asians in Britain and the socio economic impact and benefits of having a diverse population pool in the UK.
By incorporating as much of the historical importance of cooperation and unity between the countries, AfroAsia Week UK will build on the lessons learned and also focus on enabling and promoting ways and means of ensuring that in Great Britain, AfroAsian Unity is set at an exemplary level.
Delegates gathered in Bandung, Indonesia to discuss peace, security, and economic development in the midst of emerging problems in many parts of the world.
These problems were mostly caused by conflict between Eastern and Western blocs, which had differing interests and contradicting ideologies. Each tried to garner support from Asian and African nations in what came to be known as “the Cold War.” The global situation, especially in Asia and Africa, was also affected by colonialism in its various forms and the ensuing conflicts amongst a number of independent Asian and African countries resulting from the divide and conquer strategies employed by the colonial powers. At the time, the United Nations was unable to tackle these problems.
The delegates delivered A 10-point “declaration on promotion of world peace and cooperation,” incorporating the principles of the United Nations Charter was adopted unanimously:
- Respect for fundamental human rights and for the purposes and principles of the charter of the United Nations
- Respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations
- Recognition of the equality of all races and of the equality of all nations large and small
- Abstention from intervention or interference in the internal affairs of another country
- Respect for the right of each nation to defend itself, singly or collectively, in conformity with the charter of the United Nations
- (a) Abstention from the use of arrangements of collective defence to serve any particular interests of the big powers
(b) Abstention by any country from exerting pressures on other countries
- Refraining from acts or threats of aggression or the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any country
- Settlement of all international disputes by peaceful means, such as negotiation, conciliation, arbitration or judicial settlement as well as other peaceful means of the parties own choice, in conformity with the charter of the United Nations
- Promotion of mutual interests and cooperation
- Respect for justice and international obligations.
The 1955 Confence had Delegates from the following countries.
People’s Republic of China
This year, a commemoration event in April 2015 in Indonesia will have had Delegates from 109 Asian and African countries, 16 observer countries, and 25 international organizations commemorating the first AfroAsia Conference.