Bhutan to host 1st Asian Parliamentary Assembly

Parliamentarians from 20 member parliaments of the Asian Assembly will gather in Thimphu from August 31 – September 2 to attend the first Asian Parliamentary Assembly Standing Committee meeting on Social and Cultural Affairs.

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Jigme Zangpo, who is also the Vice Chair of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Affairs, said the members will discuss draft resolutions in nine areas.

The seventh session of the Association of Asian Parliamentary for peace, which was established in 1999, was transformed into Asian Parliamentary Assembly in 2006 in pursuit of peace based on justice and closer Asian parliamentary cooperation.

The resolutions consist of promotion of cultural diversity and protection of cultural heritage in Asia, Asian Integration through information and communication technology, collaboration in health equity and protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers.

Likewise, the meeting will also look at resolutions on Asian Parliamentarians against corruption, APA women parliamentarians, Promoting inter-faith dialogue and harmony among world religions, legal and legislative cooperation in combating the smuggling of culture items in Asia and effective cooperation in combating illicit drugs trafficking Asia

The Assembly comprise of five standing communities: political, peace and security, social and culture, economic and sustainable development, and energy.

The event also includes an excursion and series of cultural activities for the parliamentarians to showcase the rich Bhutanese culture and traditions.

The Assembly was established in 1999 to promote peace and regional cooperation to strengthen human rights protection and democracy. It comprises 42 member parliaments and 16 observers.

The last meeting was held at Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, last year where the assembly passed eight resolutions.

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