VIENTIANE, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- The final declaration of the 7th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP-7) was ratified by all participants on Thursday in Laos' capital of Vientiane Thursday.
The declaration emphasized the participants concerns in three major sectors: "Ensuring Food Security in the Current Situation of Global Climate Change," "Strengthening the Asia-Europe Partnership in Public Debt for Sustainable Development" and " Promoting Asia-Europe Partnership in Disaster Management including Social Participation."
At the closing session of the meeting President of the ASEP-7 Pany Yathotou said, "these topics are all urgent and challenging issues to the security, socio-economic stability as well as the sustainable development of the world community."
Food security was identified as a complex sustainable development issue, linked to health through malnutrition, environment, and trade. ASEP Parliamentarians used the declaration to encourage Asian and European governments, international institutions and the private sector to intensify their efforts in increasing food production and productivity.
The declaration noted the recent unpredictable and difficult periods for the world economic environment, while at the same time markets in Asia and Europe had become more inter-dependent and integrated.
Enhanced cooperation in resolving the current financial crisis between ASEP members was requested. The declaration also promoted strong parliamentary oversight over monetary policies, financial market governance, and state budget expenses.
Natural disaster management was seen as an issue of major importance. The high vulnerability of many communities places even development at risk. ASEP parliamentarians emphasized the importance of ensuring disaster risk reduction and disaster management is well integrated into development and poverty reduction strategies.
The meeting, which began on Wednesday, was attended by 47 members, including 16 countries in Asia, 28 in Europe, two in Oceania and the European Parliament, and three observers, namely, Bangladesh, Norway and Switzerland. The declaration thanked all the participants for their contribution.
The closing section of the declaration noted that the next ASEP meeting, ASEP-8, would be held in Europe in 2014.