Phnom Penh (VNA) - Cambodia and the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) will host the Asia-Pacific Summit (APS) 2019 in Phnom Penh from November 18-20, according to EkTha, standing vice chairman of the Cambodian Government Spokesperson Unit.

He said that Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen will preside over the opening ceremony of the summit, which will be held under the theme of "Responding to the Current Key Challenges: Interdependence, National Reconciliation, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values".

As many as 500 guests from 50 countries and regions will partake in the forthcoming summit, he said, adding that they will include current and former heads of state, government heads, speakers of parliaments, religious leaders, women leaders, academia and youth, among others.

Ek Tha said the forthcoming summit truly shows the positive impact of cooperation between governments and civil societies on peace-building and reconciliation, sustainable development, co-prosperities and workable solutions to critical issues.

Asia-Pacific Union, a new initiative, is expected to be announced during the APS 2019.

The last summit was held in December 2018 in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal./.