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Leaders Adopt Declaration Outlining New Vision For Regional Parliamentary Forum

The 26th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) ended on a high note in Hanoi, Vietnam on Saturday, January, 20th 2018, with the adoption of the ‘Hanoi Declaration’
23 Jan 2018 13:59
Leaders Adopt Declaration  Outlining New  Vision For Regional Parliamentary Forum
Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni signs the 26th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) communique at the closing ceremony of APPF-26 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Parliament News

The 26th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) ended on a high note in Hanoi, Vietnam on Saturday, January, 20th 2018, with the adoption of the ‘Hanoi Declaration’ that outlined a new vision for the regional parliamentary forum.

Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni was among 27 proud heads of delegations that signed the communiqué of the APPF-26 at the JW Marriott Hotel in the Vietnamese capital.

The ‘Hanoi Declaration’ marks the 25th Anniversary of APPF and charts out the course of development for the forum towards 2030.

Chair of APPF-26 and the National Assembly of Vietnam president, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said the APFF needed to “continue refreshing its agenda and strengthening co-operation with multilateral institutions such as APEC [Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation] and other co-operative mechanisms”.

An important feature of the Hanoi Declaration and a major achievement of APPF-26 was the amendment to the forum’s rules to allow the convening of a Women Parliamentarians Meeting as a permanent side-event.

Women leaders at the meeting were delighted with this milestone achievement of the forum.

The declaration talks about how APPF will “shape a strategic and an inspirational vision” contributing to maintain and reinforcing peace, stability and prosperity in the region, as well as promoting multilateral efforts to cope with new challenges.

It adds that to achieve this vision, the forum reaffirms that peace, stability and security are prerequisites for sustainable development.

The Hanoi Declaration also supports and aligns the APPF to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Paris Agreement on Climate Change, calling on APPF members and their governments to “redouble efforts and co-ordination in implementing” these global initiatives.

A total of fourteen (14) resolutions were also passed at the session, including those on promoting gender equality, economic growth and free trade, and join actions on climate change response; supporting micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in digital age; parliamentary diplomacy for peace, security and prosperity in the region and in the world, among other issues.

Source: Parliament News

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