Monday 7 January 2019
Peace, security, and sustainable development on agenda for New Zealand parliamentary delegation
• Empowerment of women and girls to be discussed at global forum
• The meeting provides parliamentarians with the knowledge and strategies to build more peaceful and stable societies
• New Zealand delegates to deliver speeches, consider draft resolutions
Jonathan Young MP is leading a New Zealand delegation including Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi MP and Dr Liz Craig MP to the
27th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) in Siem Reap, Cambodia next week.
Each year, the APPF brings together parliamentarians from 27 countries in the Asia Pacific region to address political,
security, economic, and social issues. The forum works to promote the expansion of trade and investment, sound and
sustainable environmental practices, and the advancement of freedom and democracy.
“The Asia-Pacific is one of the most diverse regions in the world. Yet we all face the common, significant challenge of
climate change and desire for peace, stability, and prosperity,” said Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the New Zealand
“The APPF contributes to matters of regional importance by developing and advancing a parliamentary agenda that supports
the work of APEC. I am pleased that New Zealand will be well represented at this year’s forum.”
At the forum, each New Zealand delegate will deliver speeches and consider draft resolutions on topics such as the
empowerment of women and girls, security and conflict prevention, and regional economic integration.
Immediately prior to the APPF, the delegation will visit the Parliament of Malaysia to share recent parliamentary
developments with their counterparts. The delegation will meet the Speaker of the Malaysian Parliament, Hon Mohammad
Ariff; the Electoral Reform Committee; and the Human Rights Commission. In Malaysia, the delegation will also host an
event promoting women in leadership and visit Fonterra’s operations in Kuala Lumpur.
The visit runs from 7 to 19 January 2019.