APPF in forefront of fostering sustainable development goals

It is reflected by its efforts to strive for gender equality and promote parliamentary ties for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting took place at a time when the world was witnessing substantial and drastic changes and complex security issues, which can impact peace and stability across the globe, including in Asia-Pacific. Despite that, cooperation for peace, security, sustainable development and inclusive growth remains a prevailing trend. The Asia-Pacific region, since the first Annual Meeting of the APPF in 1993, has been the most dynamic engine of the global growth and among those at the front lines of implementing the SDGs.Vietnam, as a member of the parliamentary community engaging with the SDGs, realised the need to enhance the role of parliamentarians – the people’s elected representatives – and cement cooperation between parliaments to contribute to peace, innovation and sustainable development for almost 3 billion people living in 27 APPF member countries.Promoting gender equality for sustainable developmentGender equality was again the main topic of the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians that kicked off a series of meetings during the APPF-26 in Hanoi from January 18-21. As gender inequality has been one of the most fundamental challenges confronting the region, achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls will require vigorous efforts, including in lawmaking, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls.Initiated by Indonesia at the APPF-23, the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians was first held during the APPF-24 in Canada in 2016 with… [Read full story]

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