Sue Pennick’s Parliamentary Statement – Asia Pacific Greens Network congress

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — On the weekend of 30 April-2 May I attended the second ever Asia Pacific Greens Network congress, hosted by the Green Party Taiwan in the Shilin district in the north of Taipei. The first APGN conference was in Kyoto in 2005. The theme of this conference was Fair Share. APGN is part of the wider Global Green Network.

The conference was brilliantly run on a shoestring, supported by 200 enthusiastic young Taiwanese volunteers. It was attended by delegates from 24 countries including Australia, China, Egypt, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tuvalu, Tibet, the UK and the USA.

The second day of the conference was dedicated to climate change, an issue of great importance to the Asia-Pacific region. The opening discussion was led by Senator Bob Brown and the key speakers were Apisai Ielemia, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, a country that is already seriously impacted upon by climate change, and Dr Vandana Shiva, a renowned environmental activist and author.

The conference adopted the Fair Share declaration, calling for a fair share for all in the current generation and for future generations, to address the systemic disadvantages caused by injustices of past generations and for all the other species with whom we share this planet. The conference also adopted 17 resolutions, including the Taipei accord on climate change and biodiversity, an Asia-Pacific peace day and the establishment of an Antarctic whale sanctuary.

05/19/2010 – 10:30


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