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Asian leaders committed to sustainable development, prosperity

Hun Sen, Cambodia’s Prime Minister
Cambodian Prime Minister and Vice
Chairman of Cambodian People’s Party Hun Sen addresses the opening
ceremony of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties
(ICAPP) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dec. 2, 2010. The three-day 6th
General Assembly of the ICAPP kicked off here on Thursday. (Xinhua/Lei
Baisong)

Leaders of Asian political parties Thursday
unanimously were committed to playing a greater role in regional and
international affairs and to coping with the rising energy needs to
support economic growth and tackle environmental issues which arose as
a result of this faster development.

They also highlighted
their collective efforts at regional and global level in order to
ensure global peace, political stability as well as balanced economic
and social development.

The group promised to respect human
right as well as encouraged women and young political leaders to play
role in the areas of economy, energy and environment.

Government leaders and politicians comprising 89 Asian political
parties from 36 countries, along with international observers and
experts are meeting in Phnom Penh from Dec. 1-4 at the 6th General
Assembly of International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP)
under the theme “Asian Quest for a Better Tomorrow”, which covers the
issues of “economy, energy and environment.

Cambodian Prime
Minister Hun Sen said in his opening speech that”Asian leaders are
struggling to strike a balance between economic growth and
environmental protection agenda though we are committed to upholding
the principles of sustainable development.”

Hun Sen wanted to
see Asia to be less dependent and to expand its economic growth base
through diversifying the drivers of recovery from export led growth and
enable a larger role for the private sector, which falls in line with
the concept of “Green Economy”.

Participants pose for a group photo
during the opening ceremony of the International Conference of Asian
Political Parties (ICAPP) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dec. 2, 2010. The
three-day 6th General Assembly of the ICAPP kicked off here on
Thursday. (Xinhua/Lei Baisong)

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon, through a pre- recorded video and audio presentation,
hailed his support for ICAPP’s efforts in contributing to maintain
peace, development and social justice as well as respecting human right.

“Political parties may have different concerns and diverging political
ideologies, but with regular contacts, exchange of ideas and dialogues,
they can become a great place to promote mutual understanding and
strengthen cooperation.”

Ban added that no nation could address
on its own, climate change, environmental degradation, extreme poverty,
continued impact of economic crisis, nuclear threat, natural and man
made disasters and violation of human rights.

He also expressed
his appreciation to ICAPP for promoting women’ s participation in
politics and civil society and for having young people play a larger
role in the world’s future.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib said
in his remarks that: ” Politics today is no longer business as usual
but rather business unusual.” “Our future depends on how well we work
together,” he stressed.

“Suddenly every man on the street has
an opportunity to broadcast their views and assessment on matters which
were previously the exclusive realm of governments and authorities,” he
said.

He added that the forces of globalization and the
emergence of China and India as Economic drivers have changed the way
the world views Asia and indeed how Asia views itself.


Li Yuanchao, a member of the Political
Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, member
of the CPC Central Committee Secretariat, and head of the Organization
Department of the CPC Central Committee, attend the opening ceremony of
the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dec. 2, 2010. The three-day 6th General Assembly
of the ICAPP kicked off here on Thursday. (Xinhua/Lei Baisong)

“It is absolutely critical for any political party to understand the
need to change. Not change just for the sake of changing, but change to
better serve the need of the party’s stake holders,” said Najib.

Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said in his opening speech that
“ICAPP is no longer limited within the territorial bounds of Asia and
the Pacific as we have already developed links with the Permanent
Conference of Political Parties in Latin America and Caribbean
(CAPPPAL) Coordinating Body.” ICAPP now encompasses 68 percent of the
world’s population, 53 percent of the global GDP and 50 percent of the
total landmass, thus making ICAPP key player, which could play a
greater role in regional and international affairs.

Madhav
Kumar Nepal said that Cambodia’s experience in transforming itself from
30 years of strife to what it is today is a prime example of how Nepal
could learn to achieve its national reconciliation through peaceful
means.

Former Philippines president Fidel Ramos during his
address created a stir by literally throwing away his speech in line
with the theme of “Talk Less and Do More” and also coaxed all
participants to greet and hug each other, a welcome light hearted
initiative which livened up a serious session.


The 6th General Assembly of International
Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) kicks off in Phnom Penh,
Cambodia, Dec. 2, 2010. (Xinhua/Lei Baisong)

Source: Xinhua
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