The Asian Parliamentary Assem- bly’s (APA) Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Affairs meeting was declared a success after adopt- ing all nine resolutions and another additional resolution proposed by Russia during the two-day event that ended on Friday.
Speaker Jigme Zangpo, who was unanimously elected as the chair- man of the committee, said every parliamentarian from the 21 coun- tries urged him to convey to Their Majesties the Kings their apprecia- tion of preservation of Bhutanese culture.
The 10 resolutions cover a wide range of issues of mutual interest such as culture, information technology, health equity, migrant workers, corruption, woman parliamentarians, inter-faith dialogue, smuggling of cultural objects, drug trafficking, and humanitarian aid to the Asian countries going through a humanitarian crisis.
The adoption of the resolutions followed two days of vigorous deliberation among more than 100 parliamentarians from 21 countries, including 12 parliamentarians from Bhutan.
The ten resolutions of the Standing Committee will be submitted to the Executive Council of the APA and further to the 10th Plenary for the final adoption.
The resolution on measures to promote cultural diversity and protect cultural heritage in Asia underlines the significant role parliaments play in promoting cultural diversity and multicultural dynamism. It calls for APA member parliaments to consider, among others, facilitating intercultural dialogue, people-to-people interactions, common legislations, and instituting an award for Asian artists.
The next APA committee meeting will be in Cambodia.