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10η Σύνοδος της Ολομέλειας της Ασιατικής Κοινοβουλευτικής Συνέλευσης, Τουρκία (Κωνσταντινούπολη), 20 - 24 Νοεμβρίου 2017

αναρτήθηκε στις 24 Νοε 2017, 4:05 π.μ. από το χρήστη ΝΙΚΟΣ ΤΟΡΝΑΡΙΤΗΣ   [ ενημερώθηκε 24 Νοε 2017, 4:11 π.μ. ]
Μεγάλη επιτυχία της Κύπρου στην Κωνσταντινούπολη

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Παρασκευή, 24 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Ολοκληρώθηκαν χθες στην Κωνσταντινούπολη οι εργασίες της 10ης Συνόδου της Ολομέλειας της Ασιατικής Κοινοβουλευτικής Συνέλευσης, στην οποία συμμετείχε αντιπροσωπεία της Βουλής αποτελούμενη από τον Κοινοβουλευτικό Εκπρόσωπο του Δημοκρατικού Συναγερμού κ. Νίκο Τορναρίτη και τον βουλευτή του ΑΚΕΛ κ. Χριστάκη Τζιοβάνη.

Ο Αντιπρόεδρος της Συνέλευσης, Πρόεδρος της Μόνιμης Επιτροπής για την Οικονομία και Αειφόρο Ανάπτυξη, επικεφαλής της κυπριακής αντιπροσωπείας, κ. Τορναρίτης, προήδρευσε χθεσινής συνεδρίας της εν λόγω επιτροπής, η οποία εξέτασε σχετικά προσχέδια ψηφισμάτων που προωθήθηκαν στην Ολομέλεια της Συνέλευσης για έγκριση και υιοθέτηση. Σύμφωνα με διπλωματικούς κύκλους, πρόκειται για σημαντική εξέλιξη επειδή ίσως για πρώτη φορά Κύπριος αξιωματούχος προεδρεύει συνεδρίας διεθνούς οργανισμού στην Τουρκία. 

Στην ομιλία του ο κ. Τορναρίτης αναφέρθηκε, μεταξύ άλλων, στον αυξανόμενα σημαντικό ρόλο της Κύπρου ως ενεργειακού κόμβου στην Ανατολική Μεσόγειο καθώς και στην πρόοδο που έχει επιτευχθεί στον τομέα της χρήσης ανανεώσιμων πηγών ενέργειας. Η Ολομέλεια της Συνέλευσης, αφού εξέτασε τα προσχέδια ψηφισμάτων των τεσσάρων Μονίμων Επιτροπών, υιοθέτησε τη Διακήρυξη της Κωνσταντινούπολης.

Στο περιθώριο των εργασιών της Συνόδου, η κυπριακή αντιπροσωπεία έγινε επίσης δεκτή από τον Α.Θ. Παναγιώτατο, Οικουμενικό Πατριάρχη κ.κ. Βαρθολομαίο, με τον οποίο τα μέλη της αντιπροσωπείας είχαν την ευκαιρία να ανταλλάξουν απόψεις για θέματα αμοιβαίου ενδιαφέροντος.

  







Ακολουθούν οι ομιλίες του Προέδρου της Μόνιμης Επιτροπής για την Οικονομία και Αειφόρο Ανάπτυξη και Αντιπροέδρου της Ασιατικής Κοινοβουλευτικής Συνέλευσης, κ. Νίκου Τορναρίτη:


PLENARY SESSION: Wednesday, 22 November 2017

General Debate: Sustaining Peace and Development in Asia


Excellencies,

Esteemed colleagues

Ladies & gentlemen,

 

The constantly changing global environment we live in and the complexity of challenges and threats faced by Asian governments dictates the essential need for collective action on sustaining peace and development in our continent. Issues of common concern range from dealing with the effects of climate change in fostering sustainable development and from working for the elimination of poverty to combating terrorism and promoting safety and security, amongst others. The APA is rich and diverse in resources and has a vast economic potential that through concerted action, can be harnessed wisely for the benefit of all.

Strengthening our cooperation is a crucial step in efforts to further enhance also the development of our economies. Improved governance and a focus on greater access and inclusion within our economies, with sustainable development placed at the heart of such policy planning, can lead to progress and prosperity, with minimized collateral costs. 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides an ideal starting point where actions can be coordinated to achieve the strong focus of working for peaceful, just and inclusive societies, acting as the direct link between peace and sustainable development. Goal 16 of the UN SDG’s, as adopted, clearly addresses this link as it proclaims the need to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.

As APA legislators we need to address the promotion of policies that consolidate such goals and ensure through our legislative and scrutinizing functions, that our systems of government are based on sound institutional structures that ensure the fair administration of justice and respect for all under the rule of law. In this direction, our own efforts are not enough or, as significant, without the involvement of citizens. In adopting a bottom-up approach citizens are given a voice in the decision-making processes that affect them. We should reach out to the people and nurture partnerships and cooperations between government and civil society, as it is imperative that local communities are engaged and actively involved in all processes regarding the SDG’s.


Cyprus on its part works dedicatedly towards the implementation of its sustainable development policy, in line with UN Agenda 2030. On the national level, particular focus is placed on the promotion of the use of renewable energy sources, and on the promotion of sustainable tourism policies. On the international sphere, Cyprus actively promotes international cooperation on issues such as the protection of cultural property and regional collaboration for the protection from marine pollution, with a focus on the Mediterranean basin.    

In our efforts towards furthering interaction and enhancing collaboration, to implement and monitor sustainable development policies, parliamentary diplomacy is of crucial importance, as it makes it easier to draw from common experiences and challenges to foster essential, transformative policies and actions. At the same time, it is important to keep in mind our enriching diversity in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and take into consideration our individual complexities as well as, particular needs and capacities. The aim should not be to enforce a blanket approach.

As we work together to set out an action plan, towards enhancing integration, our goal should be to harmonize efforts and adopt a common stance on the issues that affect all of us, as this would be a tangible first step in the right direction.


Thank you for your attention.



Meeting of the Standing Committee on Economic & Sustainable Development

Thursday, 23 November 2017


Assuming the Presidency of the APA Standing Committee on Economic and Sustainable Development, is indeed a great honour for me and my country. I can assure you that I shall work dedicatedly to uphold the objectives of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly, that is to foster cooperation and coordination among parliaments and parliamentarians in Asia for the promotion of peace, prosperity and respect for human rights and humanitarian principles. I look forward, to working with all of you counting on your cooperation and support, in matters of mutual interest.

 

Cyprus attaches great importance to its energy potential. The discovery of hydrocarbons in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) has created new and exciting prospects for Cyprus to become an energy hub in the Eastern Mediterranean. Prospects in the energy sector are all the more promising thanks to the island’s geostrategic location, connecting Europe with markets in the Middle East and Asia and its role as a pole of stability and security in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean. As far as energy from renewable sources is concerned, the energy policy of Cyprus is harmonized with the UN and EU goal of working towards the reduction of global warming and climate change phenomena. Cyprus ranks first in the world in solar energy use for water heating in households, and has achieved significant progress in the production of energy from Renewable Energy Sources (RES), which amounts to about 8.7% of its total electricity generation. By 2020, 13% of the island’s energy is expected to be generated from Renewable Energy Sources.

 

I assure you, as the Chairman of this Committee and Vice –President of the Assembly, that I will work to the best of my ability to promote further collaboration between APA member parliaments, not the least so through the implementation of resolutions that aim directly at improving the quality of life of all citizens of Asia.

 

The topics that fall within the mandate of the Committee on Economic and Sustainable Development should be at the forefront of these efforts. Through this platform we can coordinate our efforts in promoting economic growth, confronting poverty, promoting the sustainable use of energy and in linking our energy policies with the global Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change. Furthermore, the transfer of knowhow and expertise on environmental issues among us, should be enhanced, with a particular focus on the work of educational and research institutions as well as civil society actors.

 

This cooperation can be particularly valuable in issues that directly affect the quality of life of our citizens, such as ensuring safe drinking water and sanitation, as well as the sound management of water resources. Sustainable and climate resilient agriculture is another key field which can benefit from a constructive exchange of expertise between us, as it is a precondition for achieving food security and thus reduce inequality and poverty. 

 

Before delving into a detailed discussion of each resolution, I feel the need to underline once again the importance of following up on our work, by informing our respective governments about the resolutions we adopt at parliamentary level and by monitoring the implementation of government policies so as to ensure that they promote the element of sustainability. 






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