AIPA and ASEAN-WEN Continue Cooperation on Wildlife Legislation and Enforcement Policy Outreach

ASEAN-WEN logoAIPA Spet 2013

From September 18-22, the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) held its 34th General Assembly in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.  His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam officially launched the event with a speech underscoring the importance of cooperation between the executives and parliamentarians towards the ASEAN community. During the event, the Legislative Council of Brunei formally hosted ASEAN-WEN (Wildlife Enforcement Network) and members of the USAID-funded program, ARREST (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking). During the plenary session ASEAN-WEN presented their successes and AIPA’s leading role in providing direct support to national task forces to Speakers and Presidents of ASEAN’s parliaments and national assemblies.  FREELAND, the implementing partner of the ARREST Program at the event, called on AIPA leaders to discuss concrete partnership engagements such as policy support to national parliaments, joint fundraising, capacity building activities and joint missions to build upon the progress made at the 33rd General Assembly held last year in Indonesia. At last year’s event, ASEAN parliamentarians passed a resolution to support ASEAN-WEN, its national task forces and the implementation of ARREST.  At her acceptance speech, newly installed AIPA President and President of the National Assembly of Lao PDR, H.E. Pany Yathoutou said, “AIPA plays the role in pushing the governments to implement all the decisions and agreements that they have adapted at the summit and related meetings. AIPA plays a role in supervising and overseeing all the activities undertaken by all member states.”


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