Fact Box: Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD)
PJ Kurien – New Chairman of Asian forum of Parliamentarians
Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, PJ Kurien elected as the Chairman of the prestigious Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD). He replaced Yasuo Fukuda, former Prime Minister of Japan as the Chairman of AFPPD. PJ Kurien is also the Chairman of the Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.
Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD)
Established in 1981 as a regional NGO which serves as a coordinating body of 25 National Committees of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.
- To generate cooperation and support among the Asian Parliamentarians in different areas like population and development issues.
- Initiate, promote and support exchange programs among the parliamentarians in Asia and the Pacific.
- Promote other lawful acts which generate cooperation and support among the Asian Parliamentarians.
- General Assembly – highest decision making body of AFPPD
- Executive Committee – provides direction, monitors progress and approves financial and administrative reports.
- Standing Committee – provide direction on specific programs and actions. 3 Standing committees:
- Standing Committee on the Status of Women – advises the AFPPD on parliamentarians’ activities on the status of women, gender equality and equity,
- Standing Committee on Population and Food Security – deals with issues such as food security, water resources, poverty, environment and climate change
- Standing Committee on Male Involvement in EVAW (Elimination of Violence Against Women ) – offers a role in working together via furnishing information and reinforcing male involvement across the network all over other parliaments.