Asia Pacific Summit 2018 begins in Kathmandu

The Asia Pacific Summit 2018 began on December 1, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Summit will continue till December 3, 2018.

Theme of Asia Pacific Summit 2018

The Theme of two-day Summit is "Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity, and Universal Values".

The Summit, organised by the South Korea-based Universal Peace Federation and supported by the Nepal Government, will be attended by the leaders from the Asia-Pacific region including India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Pakistan and Philippines.

Around 1500 participants from 45 countries are attending the summit. They will discuss various global issues, including peace, development, good governance and role of parliamentarians, climate change and role of media.

Some of the notable attendees include senior leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party Vijay Jolly, former Indian Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, Myanmar Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, former Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Nauru President Baron Waqa, Philippines Vice-president Maria Leonor G Robredo, Samoa Head of State Vaaleto’a Sualauvi II Tuimalealiifano and Tuvalu Governor General Iakoba TaeiaItaleli.

Address by various leaders and participants

The Summit began with an inaugural address by Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who called for active partnership between governments, private sector and diverse social groups.

While, former Indian Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, who is representing India at the Summit, addressed the issues of terrorism and climate change as the biggest challenges of world.

Myanmar State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi stressed the need for collective efforts to tackle terrorism, hunger, migration and displacement, poverty, discrimination and injustice.

Note

This is the first extended international summit being held in Nepal after the 4th BIMSTEC Summit held on August 30-31.

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