At the session (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – The 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) entered the last working day on January 20 with a plenary session on regional cooperation in the morning.

Delegates are scheduled to debate ways to enhance joint action responding to climate change and foster cultural and tourism cooperation in the region, and talk about resources for sustainable development. 

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech to address these issues.

The final plenary session will take place in the afternoon, revolving around the future of the APPF. 

It will discuss how to improve the role of the APPF in promoting partnership for sustainable development and inclusive growth in the Asia-Pacific, and decide whether the amendment to the new APPF Rules of Procedure to the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians is adopted. 

The amendment is proposed by the Japanese delegation this year, seeking approval for the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians to become a permanent feature of the event.

The final session will also see the announcement of the host of the APPF-27 and adoption of Resolutions and a Joint Declaration, followed by the closing ceremony.

Founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1993, the APPF now gathers 27 members, namely Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam.

It is a mechanism that enables parliamentarians to discuss issues of common concern, and to deepen their understanding of the region and the interests and experience of its diverse members. The forum’s proceedings address political, security, economic, social and cultural issues, thus furthering regional cooperation and building relations between and among parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region.-VNA