The 6th International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP6) themed, “Asia’s Quest for a Better Tomorrow” kicked off in the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh Thursday.
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Participants attending the three-day conference included representatives of 89 political parties from 36 countries, 150 observers and environmental experts from international organisations and the United Nations.
A Vietnamese delegation led by Hoang Binh Quan, Head of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, attended the event.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said the main purpose of the meeting was to enhance cooperation and exchange of viewpoints among and between different political parties, and to improve mutual understanding and trust in the region.
Other purposes of the meeting were to promote regional cooperation through the unique role and channel of political parties; and to create an environment for sustainable peace and shared prosperity in the region, he said.
Other topics selected to be put on the table included achieving economic recovery from the global financial crisis; ensuring energy security amid arising needs after mineral resources have become exhausted; and ensuring environmental safety following the drastic effects climate change, the PM said.
During the Dec. 1-2 meeting, participants worked on the draft of “Phnom Penh Declaration” with main topics such as reaffirming ICAPP’s role as an open forum for Asian political parties, recognising the huge risk of environmental damage and poverty as well as the pressing need to increase trade relations in the region through lifting tax and non-tax barriers, coping with climate change, targeting production towards renewable resources and promoting the role of women and young people.
This was the first time Cambodia had hosted ICAPP, after it was organised in the Philippines, Thailand, China, the Republic of Korea and Kazakhstan.