The Cambodian People's Party (CPP) has in a press release underlined its key role in promoting Asian culture for peace, development and harmony by jointly founding the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), as an affiliated body for the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).
Through this role, it continued, the CPP is building a modern civilisation for Cambodia with culture as a globally acceptable and gentle mode of leadership, dialogue and communication.
After the signing ceremony conducted on the sidelines of the 25th anniversary of ICC-Angkor in Siem Reap province to conclude a partnership agreement between UNESCO and the ICAPP, the ICAPP, which includes the ACC as subsidiary body has become a recognised international body, said the press release issued yesterday.
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and honorary founding chairman of the ACC, presided over the signing event. The Cambodian side was represented by H.E. Ms. Khuon Sudary, Vice-Chairperson of ICAPP Standing Committee. ICAPP was represented by Secretary General H.E. Park Ro-byug, while UNESCO was represented by Director General H.E. Ms. Audrey Azoulay.
According to the press release, the partnership agreement was made to serve the following purposes: to promote regional cooperation for capacity building, science, technology and innovation policies as key drivers for sustained peace and shared prosperity; to promote Asian cultural identity; to expand the opportunities and participation of young people and women within UNESCO's mandate and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; to promote peacebuilding through culture; to fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property; and to safeguard intangible cultural heritage.
An official launching ceremony of the ACC will be conducted on Jan. 15-16, 2019 in Siem Reap province, alongside the 27th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF).
ICAPP was launched in Manila in September 2000 to promote exchanges and cooperation between political parties with various ideologies from different Asian countries. As of May 2018, ICAPP has a membership of more than 352 political parties in 52 countries.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press