Pakistani senators to attend Conference on Environment & Development in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: A nine member Pakistani delegation headed by Deputy Chairman Senate, Mir Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali will attend 15th General Assembly of the Asia Pacific Parliamentarians’ Conference on Environment and Development (APPCED) going to be held in, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 7th to 9th June, 2011.

According to a press release, the Head of Pakistani delegation, Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali will present a country report at the plenary session on 7th of June, 2011 on theme, “Climate Change and Tourism”, during APPCED. The members of the Pakistani delegation include Senator, Ms. Saeeda Iqbal, Senator Mr. Rehmatullah Kakar, Senator Mr. Abdur Rashid, Senator Ms. Kalsoom Parveen, Mrs. Anusha Rehman MNA and Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhary MNA.

The delegation will attend inaugural session wherein H.E. Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Malaysia will deliver his opening and Keynote Address followed by a day long plenary session wherein each participant country including Pakistan will present a country report.

The delegation will follow a hectic schedule on 2nd day of the session and will attend the presentations made by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia, United Nations World Tourism Organization ( UNWTO ) and Korean Culture and Tourism Institute on Environment and Climate change.

The delegation will also grace the closing session held in the evening wherein Mr. Hon. Hwang, Woo–Yea, President of APPCED and H.E. Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang, President of the Senate, Malaysia will deliver their closing speeches and later Kuala Lumpur Declaration will be adopted.

On the third day, the delegation with other participant countries will visit Banghuris Homestay near Kuala Lumpur, and will be briefed on Homestay tourism program. The delegation will also attend a tree plantation ceremony and will visit Coffee Plantation, crackers processing factory, and would take a tour around Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia.
Parliamentarians from forty six countries are targeted to attend. The countries which have confirmed their participation include Canada, Korea, Sri Lanka, Indonesia Nepal, Solomon Island, Maldives ETC.

The Asia-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Conference on Environment and Development (APPCED) was established in June 1993. APPCED is designed to provide ample opportunities to share ideas, experiences and policies in order to enhance legislative activities for sustainable development within its member Parliaments. The aim of APPCED is to stress the importance of environmental protection and the maintenance of ecological balance throughout the Asia – Pacific region

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