South Asian summit to conclude with Indore Declaration

Indore, Feb 19 (IANS) South Asian Speakers Summit will conclude on Sunday with signing of Indore Declaration comprising of implementation of sustainable development goals.

The concluding day of the summit began here with a working session on dealing effectively with the challenge of climate change and natural disasters.

It would also discuss opportunities for regional parliamentary cooperation.

“We will discuss how parliaments in the region can cooperate and share resources to address the challenges of climate change and natural disasters,” an official said.

Later, the participant countries would release an Indore Declaration, the official said without elaborating it.

The summit is being organised jointly by the Indian Parliament and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a global organisation for multilateral political and legislative discussions.

IPU President Saber Chowdhury, Speaker of National Assembly of Afghanistan Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi, Speaker of Bangladeshi Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of National Assembly of Bhutan Jigme Zangpo, Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of Parliament of Maldives Abdulla Maseeh Mohammad and Speaker of Parliament of Nepal Onasari Gharti have been participating in the summit.

Pakistan and Myanmar are not participating in the summit.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had inaugurated the two-day summit on Saturday.