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President Jiang Mingjun Attended 2013 ICAPP Special Conference

IESCO: President Jiang Mingjun attended International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) Special Conference sponsored by International Department of the Communist Party of China in Xi’an on May 30, 2013. More than 200 delegates of political parties from more than 50 Asian, Latin American and African countries participated in the conference. The participants included China's Vice President Li Yuanchao, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Vice President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, Founding-Chairman of ICAPP Jose de Venecia and Vice Chairman of CPPCC and Minister of International Department of the Communist Party of China Wang Jiarui. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a video speech at the conference.

Ban said: "This year's theme ‘Promoting Green Development and Beautiful Asia’ is particularly relevant in this time of test and transition. The world needs sustainable solutions. Green development can help people meet their aspirations while protecting our planet. Such policies in the context of poverty eradication are especially suited to the Asia-Pacific region."

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao mentioned: China and other Asian countries are a community with a common destiny of peace and development. Asian political parties should seek sustainable peace, common development, friendly cooperation as well as mutual benefit and win-win situation in Asia. Green development is the trend of world development and a new platform for cooperation among political parties. Asian countries should attach importance to environmental protection, energy reservation and reasonable consumption to build a beautiful Asia together.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An said: Environmental protection needs practical actions rather than idle theorizing. Human beings are only the caretakers of the earth and we should make industry the partner of the environment. Cambodia has made a green development plan since 2008 and established National Green Development Committee.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said: The balance between industrialized progress and environmental protection requires us to promote the utilization of resources on a larger scale, exploit renewable energy sources and adopt effective measures within the frame of nature. He also emphasized that green development should benefit all the people and raise their living quality.

Co-Chairman of ICAPP Jose de Venecia believed that if the participating organizations invested 100 million dollars in ten years which would be used for planting billions of trees around the world, the human being would get economic benefits of US$ 400 million and meanwhile, the clean water issue would be solved and the problems of flood and ecological deterioration would be settled.

Director-general of IESCO Jiang Mingjun made a proposal during the conference. He said that since their foundation, Climate Change Committee of ICAPP, Climate Change Committee of COPPPAL and Climate Change Committee of CAPDI had always regarded tackling climate change, solving ecological crisis, urban disaster prevention and mitigation and ecological restoration as the primary tasks. However, the above organizations have neither legal registration document nor bank account in a financial institution. Therefore they cannot have established cooperation relationship with the United Nations or international financial organizations.

This year and next year alike, the World Bank will invest a large amount of capital on tackling climate change and ecological crisis. Given this, Mr. Jiang proposed that on the basis of retaining the three climate change committees, the Climate Change and Ecological Safety Alliance of World Political Parties   should be jointly founded. The alliance has the following tasks:

To give full play to the coordinating and cohesive  ability of political parties, especially ruling parties, promote the  tackling of climate change,  the United Nations intergovernmental Climate negotiations to accelerate the "Kyoto Protocol” process; to provides governments with strategic consulting on climate change and ecological security; to hold the “Forum of Climate Change and Ecological Safety  of World Political Parties every two years; to guide countries and social sectors to develop  climate industries,  green industries, ecological industries and low-carbon industries  and strengthen the technical cooperation and exchange between political parties and the United Nations agencies, international organizations and financial institutions.

Under the theme "Promote green development and build a beautiful Asia together," the two-day conference had discussions  on “Asian Countries’ Practice for Promoting Green Development” and Asian Political Parties Working Hand in Hand against the Challenges of Green Development”

Xi'an Initiative was passed at the conference, which says that Asia is in the key stage of industrialization with  strong momentum and huge potential for development, but it is also witnessing a growing incompatibility between man and nature manifested through severe resource and energy constraints and rapidly deteriorating environment. This incompatibility is intensified by the impact of the international financial crisis. Whether Asia can turn the 21st century into an “Asian Century” largely depends on the proper and timely resolution of these issues.

The Initiative says that IESCO, together with ICAPP, COPPPAL and CAPDI, is to jointly establish Climate Change and Ecological Safety Alliance of World Political Parties.







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