(Sponsored by Australia, Canada, Fiji and Viet Nam)
The 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF):
Recalling the New Tokyo Declaration of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) in 2012, affirming APPF's commitment to play a role in the development of a more peaceful and stable international community;
Recognizing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other mechanisms, agreements under the UNFCCC such as the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement as the key international and inter-governmental cooperation framework to respond to climate change globally;
Acknowledging the Annual APPF Resolutions in recent years about the role of parliamentary diplomacy, of APPF parliaments in promoting emergency actions to respond to climate change and address the impacts of climate change.
Holding in high regard the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York in 2015 and agenda items on climate change and responding to climate change at development cooperation for sustainable development forums in recent years;
Concerned about the negative impacts of climate change, a serious threat to people's wellbeing and welfare, particularly extreme weather conditions such as natural disasters, severe droughts and floods etc. as well as their implications including diseases, displaced populations, and loss of food security;
Noting the efforts of national parliaments in the Asia-Pacific in adopting important legislative documents, programs, projects at the national level to respond to climate change; as well as implementing the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris agreement;
Holding in high regard important parliamentary diplomacy developments, particularly multilateral global and regional parliamentary diplomacy in the Asia- Pacific, including the outcomes of the Regional Seminar on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for the Parliaments in the Asia-Pacific Region jointly organized by Vietnam's National Assembly and the Inter-parliamentary Union in Viet Nam in May, 2017, which has helped build confidence, mutual understanding, and expanding dialogue in a constructive and cooperative spirit towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG Goal 13;
Reaffirming the centrality of the APPF in inter-parliamentary activities in the Asia-Pacific, in fostering closer cooperation among member parliaments, promoting dialogue towards a common aim of peace, cooperation and sustainable development;
Wishing parliaments participated in deeper, more comprehensive and substantive engagements to respond to climate change, particularly for those forecasted to be the most affected by climate change from a parliamentary approach, promote synergy with governments to realize commitments related to sustainable development.