CHAIR’ S MESSAGE―
Some countries are struggling to address the issues of extremely low fertility and ageing population, while others are suffering serious poverty brought about by population increase. The world today faces various problems related to population and development.
The COVID-19 pandemic that suddenly emerged last year has caused unprecedented damage to people’s lives and livelihoods, spreading poverty, exposing health care systems to a brink of collapse, depriving opportunities for education, and even putting democracy at risk. If the current circumstances were to persist, the division in our world will grow even more serious, throwing into doubt our ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
The central theme of the SDGs is to “leave no one behind” and it is consistent with the concept of “human security”, which is a pillar in Japan’s international cooperation.
For some 40 years, the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) has focused on the issues of population and development in its activities, organized conferences for parliamentarians every year, and made numerous achievements. The scope of our activities has not been limited to the Asia-Pacific region, but has extended to the Americas, Africa, the Arab region, and Europe. In all regions of the world, we have assisted parliamentarian activities related to population and sustainable development, and contributed to the establishment of parliamentary forums.
Today in 2021, just as we stand on the brink of division, it is imperative for APDA to build on Japan’s achievements in public diplomacy, fully leverage our global network of trust and empathy, and continue to collaborate with various organizations and groups in promoting our activities. I would sincerely like to ask for your cooperation.
H.E. Yasuo FukudaFormer Prime Minister of Japan;
Chair of APDA; Honorary Chair of JPFP