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Address of H.E.MR. Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President Of Mongolia to the Delegates of the 19th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum

Esteemed Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to Mongolia, motherland of Chinggis Khaan.
I would like to extend my warmest greetings to You - the Speakers and Members of Parliaments and Delegates participating in the 19th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum. May the process of the forum be fruitful, and I hope that for the next three days you will have ample opportunities to get acquainted with rich traditions and culture of Mongolia.

I am pleased to note that the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, which had its first gathering eighteen years ago, is now one of the most prominent regional institutions, embracing the most influential powers of the region among its members.

Today, in the era of globalization, Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum has been and will be serving an important role as other international organizations to overcome challenges to humanity such as building global security and confidence, facilitating collaborative efforts against climate change, desertification and disaster relief, supporting mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation, and fostering educational, cultural and humanitarian exchanges in all facets of society. I am most certain that this session of the forum, hosted in Ulaanbaatar, will produce extensive results, contributing to the solutions of the above mentioned issues.
Mongolia has recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the first democratic permanent Parliament in Mongolia. The Parliament of Mongolia serves the historic and vital mandate to build democratic and open legal relations in our society, and to strengthen and consolidate the country’s independence and our people’s rights and liberties.
We strive to perfect our democracy by strengthening Parliamentarism in our country, by facilitating direct participation of our citizens in decision-making process of state institutions, and by creating and sustaining mechanisms for the people to freely express their opinions during policy making and law-drafting practices. Mongolia actively engages in international campaign condemning death penalty and recently declared moratorium on the sentence.
Our people endeavor to build and develop an open and democratic country, which nurtures parliamentary system of government, with utmost respect for human rights and freedom, and upholds market economy that leads to sustainable growth and eco friendly development.

Honorable Delegates,
The agenda of the forum covers various critical issues challenging global and regional communities. As important contributors to the global economy, Asia Pacific countries should considerably increase their efforts to revive completely from the recent global financial and economic crisis. The efforts should include the expansion of regional economic integration, reduction of tariff and non-tariff barriers on trade and investment, improvement of legal regulations and transparency within business sector, and creation and development of free trade zones.
I believe that the delegates of the forum and their respective governments will actively work to present trade and transportation policies supportive of landlocked countries, make specific solutions to create and expand regional cooperation mechanisms in support of economic and trade assistance for developing and poor countries, and development financing, and to harmonize and intensify the activities of their governments agencies.
We still lack comprehensive set of measures aimed at reducing the adverse effects of global warming and climate change, adapting to those changes, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Establishment of international mechanisms intended to revive national economies, extend required assistance for energy security and sustainable development, introduce environmentally-friendly technologies, and provide with financial resources is of utmost importance. In particular, I would like to attach great importance to extending help for countries at high risks of showing rapid and distressing consequences of climate change, assisting them to adapt to climate variability, reduce disaster risk, and strengthen disaster management capabilities and resources.
In recent years, worldwide particularly in the Asia Pacific region we have witnessed an increase in the frequency of natural disasters, where the extent of their impact and damage rapidly grows. Thus, there is a pressing need to develop and perfect collaborative plans among Asia Pacific countries in combating natural disasters such as informing to each other on natural disaster forecasts, creating united coordination and experience sharing system, and interfusing collaborative emergency response measures.
One of the direct consequences of globalization is growing energy interdependence. It is required from us, the Asia Pacific countries to integrate our financial, economic, and technological capabilities to create new energy production and transmission infrastructures, and to support free trade of energy to build energy security.
Without reciting each issue facing the Asia Pacific Region, I have presented my outlook on the most important ones.
I am sure that you will successfully discuss the pressing matters, and produce the most advantageous prospective solutions in accordance with the common interests of the regional countries.

Once again, I wish success for the proceedings of the forum.

January 24, 2011