Draft Resolution on Building Trust for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in the Region


27th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum
14-17 January 2019

Draft Resolution on Building Trust for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in the Region


(Sponsored by Cambodia, Chile and Russian Federation)

We, the parliamentarians of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF), gathering in the historic city of Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia, for the 27th Annual Meeting of APPF under the theme “Strengthening Parliamentary Partnership for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development”:

Recalling the previous APPF resolutions on political and security matters in the Asia-Pacific region, dealing with peace, security, stability and sustainable development; the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations; and IPU Resolution on “Sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development” (138th Assembly, Geneva, 2018);

Reaffirming the 1997 Vancouver Declaration, which articulates the commitment of all APPF Member States to transform the Asia-Pacific region into a cohesive, peaceful, secure, stable, and prosperous community; and the 2012 New Tokyo Declaration, which promotes the APPF vision of open and non-exclusive cooperation based on frank and constructive dialogue for peace, stability and prosperity;

Reaffirming the fundamental principles of mutual respect for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, peaceful settlement of disputes, and restraint from threat and use of force, as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia;

Acknowledging the significance of an open and transparent security architecture for the AsiaPacific region, as espoused in ASEAN through the Confidence Building Measures of the ASEAN Political- Security Community Blueprint, including publication of defense white papers, disclosure of political and security developments, sharing of information on submissions to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, exchanges of observers of military exercises, and promotion of military exchanges and cooperation;

Convinced that collective dialogue and cooperation within regional multilateral platforms offer more effective, diplomatic, and peaceful means than unilateral actions for resolving differences and disputes and for building mutual trust amongst APPF Member States;

Recognizing the impact of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, which seeks to bring physical and material security to people, and achieve sustainable peace, justice and equality; and

Acknowledging the significance of parliaments in adopting and monitoring the implementation of laws that foster peace and dialogue, and are inclusive of all peoples, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity and religion, allowing them to participate in open, tolerant and democratic society.


1. Encourage APPF Member States to share commitment and responsibility in enhancing regional peace, security and prosperity, by avoiding acts of aggression and threat and use of force, with respect to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other Member States;

2. Uphold the universally recognized principles of international law including those in the Charter of the United Nations and peaceful co-existence, strengthen bilateral or multilateral diplomacy, as an important mechanism for ensuring peace, security and stability, building trust, confidence, and prosperity in the region;

3. Promote greater transparency and understanding of national defense and security policies among APPF Member States in line with the Confidence-Building Measures of the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint;

4. Strengthen dialogue, partnership and cooperation based on the principles of mutual interests; mutual understanding; and respect for independence, sovereignty, equality, and territorial integrity, with a view to building durable peace, stability, security, confidence and prosperity in the region;

5. Call on APPF Member States to address differences and settle all disputes through peaceful means, exercising self-restraint and adopting consultation and dialogue;

6. Promote the role of parliamentarians in combating the glorification of Nazism and other extremist totalitarian ideologies that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, consistent with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 72/156 dated December 19, 2017;

7. Invite parliaments from the Asia-Pacific Region to become conduits for mitigating and resolving conflict through inclusive and democratic dialogue with all segments of society, building peace, security, stability, and confidence for the people across the region;

8. Enhance joint efforts to narrow development gaps and alleviate poverty among APPF Member States with a view to realizing regional and sub-regional integration, and promote economic cooperation as a precondition for shared growth, sustainable development and prosperity for all; and

9. Enhance cooperation in tackling non-traditional security matters, such as counter-terrorism, violent extremist ideology, transnational crimes, trafficking in persons, cyber-security threats, climate change, environmental degradation, disaster management and food security.


Draft Resolution on Building Trust for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in the Region

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