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Asian Parliamentary Assembly
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APA/ Res/2009/10
10 December 2009

Resolution
on
Environmental Issues, Global Warming, Climate Change and
Planting Billions of Trees throughout Asia

We, the Members of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly,

Recalling the Resolution on Environmental Issues, Global Warming, Climate Change and Planting Billions of Trees throughout Asia, APA/Res/2008/03, dated 29 November 2008;

Welcoming of the Report of the Secretary-General on Environmental Issues, Global Warming, and Planting Billions of Trees throughout Asia, contained in document SG/Rep/2009/07, dated 3 June 2009, to the Sub-Committee meeting on Environmental Issues, Global Warming, and Planting Billions of Trees throughout Asia held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea on 1-2 July 2009;

Recognizing the need to create a balance between the prerogatives for development of the Asian countries and protection of their environment;

Being concerned that people from the Asian developing countries, especially women and children living in poverty, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change because of their limited capacity and resources to respond, and that this gives them a particular claim on the solidarity and support of the Asian developed countries;

Noting that the development and deployment of renewable energies hold great promise in reconciling the increasing needs for energy, particularly in the developing world, and the ability of the environment to meet present and future needs;

Being aware that good governance is an indispensable tool for combining economic development and environmental protection;

Taking note of the deliberations of the Sub-Committee on Environmental Issues, Global Warming, and Planting Billions of Trees throughout Asia;

Expressing concern about the negative impacts of climate change in Asia;

Expressing concern also at negative impacts of increase in the population and rapid urbanization on environment;

Being aware of resource and infrastructure constraints of Asian developing countries in the fight against global warming;

Understanding the need for greater collaboration among member parliaments on water supplies;

Recognizing the responsibility of developed countries and international institutions to special needs of Asian countries, particularly Asian developing countries, in their strive to deal with negative consequences of climate change effectively and reiterating the importance of devising a proper mechanism for technology transfer and financing clean technology from developed to developing countries to combat global warming;

Acknowledging the importance of cooperation among Asian countries to share information, experiences and best practices in dealing with the impacts of global warming and climate change in Asia through institutional partnerships, centers of excellence and academic institutions;

Encouraging the private sector most specifically multinationals (business community) to come forward and play its complimentary part in the fight against global warming;

Recognizing the disruption of maritime eco-system in coast areas and the danger of sea-level rise caused by climate change;

Emphasizing the importance of environmental education and public awareness in APA countries;

Recognizing the need to adopt national strategies on climate change in Asia:

Realizing the significance of achieving the targets defined by the Kyoto Protocol;

Encouraging the use of Compact Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles and alternative sources of energy such as solar, wind, biogas, etc;

Stressing the importance of coordination among Asian countries in any climate change negotiations including in the ongoing COP15 negotiations in Copenhagen;

Encouraging participation of Asian parliamentarians in the national delegations participating in the climate change negotiations;

1. Urge APA Member Parliaments to take climate change as an important factor...
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