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Monday, July 18 , 2011 - 06.00GMT

Asian Parliamentarians' Meeting on Population and Development inaugurated


The 27th Asian Parliamentarians' Meeting on Population and Development was inaugurated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo today.

Speaking at the occasion, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said the as the world population is nearing the 7 billion mark, the rapid population growth pose a serious challenge to all the countries alike.

Stabilizing the growth of human population is vital for the sustainable development, he added.

The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) was formed in 1981 at the Asian Conference of Parliamentarians on Population and Development held in Beijing with the aim of encouraging and promoting parliamentary initiatives to improve the living standard and welfare of the people of Asia.

AFPPD currently has twenty-four National Committees and has full-time office support in Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Hosted by the Ministry of Health, the 27th Meeting is organized by the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA).

The Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister of Health Maithreepala Sirisena, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Karunaratne Amunugama, Former Prime Minister of Japan Yasuo Fukuda and Director of UNFPA Ms. Nobuko Horibe were also present.





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