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Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
5th Annual Meeting January 7-10, 1997
Vancouver, Canada

Resolution submitted by the Philippine delegation
on
Youth Exchange

The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum,

Aware of the significant role of youth in nation building and the need for their participation not only in the administration of the political, economic and social affairs of their respective governments but also in community leadership;

Cognizant of the fact that in order to have long term peace and sustained development of the world, youth should be trained and encouraged to respect the sovereignty of other nations and to promote international relations by settling state-to-state problems on the basis of the principles of reciprocity and equality;

Mindful that many international organizations have been making constant efforts to increase international understanding and cooperation through the comprehensive education of youth;

Resolves to:

Urge all governments of APPF member countries to actively participate in and support international youth activities in the region;

Encourage governments of APPF member countries to adopt development programs aimed at enhancing better understanding among the youth of APPF member countries and to teach them the importance of international cooperation;

Call upon governments of APPF member countries and parliaments to strengthen youth education by granting scholarship and training facilities and establishing intra-Asian-Pacific Youth Exchange Visit Programs.

Adopted unanimously on January 9, 1997, in Vancouver.