APA adopts resolutions to address challenging issues faced by Asian countries

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ISLAMABAD, July 27 (APP): Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) here on Wednesday adopted resolutions on challenging issues of environment, poverty eradication, women empowerment and Education being faced by the Asian countries.

The resolutions were adopted on the concluding of two-day meeting of Standing Committee on Asian Parliamentary Assembly on Economic and Sustainable Development.

The APA members belonging to different countries in a Climate resolution said appropriate international response is needed to accelerate the reduction of global greenhouses gas emissions.

The resolution underlined the necessity of a comprehensive and long term strategy to combat desertification and marine life deterioration, thus improving living conditions of the people living in arid, semi-arid and coastal areas.

While the resolution on poverty eradication said that each country must take primary responsibility for its own development and that the role of national policies and strategies cannot be over emphasized in the poverty eradication.

It said that poverty eradication is important to combat international terrorism, women and children abasement and drug trafficking, arms smuggling, human trafficking, sea piracy and transitional crimes.

The resolution of Education for All emphasized on ensuring
efforts to enroll the out of school children and equip them with the education.

The resolution of Women Empowerment called for collective efforts to ensure gender equality and equal rights for women, creating an enabling environment for them to play their positive role in nation building.

The resolutions will be discussed in the meeting of APA at Cambodia by December 2016.

During the inaugural session of the event, Speaker National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq said Asian countries are faced with the challenges related to health, education, poverty, economy, energy, water and human rights and the role of APA is vital to cope with such challenges.

The speaker said exchange of parliamentary delegations must be a regular activity for enhancing people to people relations.

He also emphasized on the need to give facilities to the traders for promoting business activity in the Asian region and taking steps for ensuring economic equality.

Addressing on the occasion, Chairman Senate, Mian Raza Rabbani said the success of APA meeting would help achieve targets of development in Asian countries.

The resolutions of APA reflecting Asian vision will hopefully
prove as helpful for poverty eradication from the Asian countries.

“Asian countries are in effort to bring economic stability and
peace which can only be achieved through unity”, he said.

“What I believe is that the future of Asia lies within Asia
and we have to stop depending on West”, he opined.

The sufferings and dreams of Asian countries are collective
and interlinked, “Asian dream is sinking and swimming together so we have to become strength of each other”, he said.

He congratulated Cambodia for assuming the presidentship of APA and hoped that Cambodia would play its active role in achieving APA targets.

Deputy Secretary General APA on Economic and Sustainable
Development, Ali Khorram briefed the participants of the objectives of this important forum.

APA Secretary General gave presentation on implementation of resolutions on `Financial Affairs: Ensuring Efforts for Economic Growth’, The role of APA Parliaments to adopt Legislation in Supporting Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Asian Integrated Energy Market on the first day.