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Asian Parliamentary Assembly’s ninth plenary closes

Phnom Penh, December 1 (VNA) – The ninth plenary of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA-9) adopted the Siem Reap Declaration and 19 resolutions on political, socio-economic, and cultural issues and sustainable development at the closing session in the Cambodian city of Siem Reap on December 1.

Themed “Promoting peace and sustainable development in Asia”, the three-day APA-9 brought together 207 delegates from 23 member parliaments, observers and APA’s international partners.

The declaration expressed deep concern over serious issues such as terrorism and violence extremism which have hurt security and peace, which form the foundation for sustainable development in the region and the world.

It called for countries’ active cooperation in response to climate change and delivery of commitments in the Paris Agreement adopted by the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Underscoring the importance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the event urged for implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, particularly socio-economic and environment goals.

On the occasion, the Turkish parliament was chosen to be new APA Chair and host the APA-10 and APA-11 in 2018 and 2019.

The Vietnamese delegation, led by Standing National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, attended the plenary session and delivered speeches to APA’s standing committees.

On the sidelines of the closing session, Chairman of the NA Committee for Science, Technology and Environment Phan Xuan Dung met head of the Iranian parliament delegation Syydehfatemeh Zolghadr.

Both sides vowed to further deepen bilateral ties between the two legislatures and tap each side’s potential.

Earlier, Vice Chairwoman Phong met bilaterally with Lao NA Chairwoman Pany Yathotou and President of Cambodian NA Samdech Heng Samrin.