“In today’s complex world, the lines between domestic and international policy are blurred and governments are no longer the only global actors.
As a result, Canadian parliamentarians are more than ever stepping outside their legislative chambers to speak directly with their international counterparts.
In Canada, diplomatic engagement has been a longstanding dimension of parliamentary activities.
Our parliamentarians have three goals in mind: to exchange ideas and best practices with fellow parliamentarians; to help guide collective policy and action; and to promote democratic values and Canadian interests abroad.”
Parliamentary Diplomacy, Canadian Parliamentarians and the World
Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division
HillNotes Research and Analysis from Canada’s Library of Parliament
For a week in January 2016, Parliamentarians from 20 member countries of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF), and one observer country, came together in Vancouver to discuss topics linked to the theme “Strengthened Partnerships for Prosperity, Security and Growth.”
The Canadian delegation consisted of 15 Parliamentarians, both MPs and Senators.
Delegates share ways to support women’s leadership in building adaptive and disaster-resilient communities, which can make a real difference in the lives of people throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
The core of the APPF meeting was a series of large group discussions, or plenary sessions, held on three main themes and covering a variety of subjects:
There were also bilateral meetings between two delegations. These gave Canada’s Senators and MPs a chance to build on the relationships between our country and other APPF members.
At the end of the meeting, a joint communique was published. It outlines the 27 resolutions the APPF members agreed to over the course of the week.