Monday, September 09 2019 @ 10:20 am JST
Contributed by: Central Secretariat
I. Brief Introduction of the APPU
This quoted remark is an epitome of the purpose of the APU established in 1965. Since 1975 onwards, however, close relations between the APU member nations and the Pacific Island nations have rapidly developed, so the 16th General Assembly held in Taipei of the Republic of China decided to amend the Charter to change the name of the APU to the Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union (APPU) and to provide for associate membership in order to widen its scope and to strengthen solidarity and the force of freedom in the Asian-Pacific region.
The establishment and purpose of the APU, unprecedented in the Asian history, received the enthusiastic response of the Asian nations. Year after year, Indonesia, the Khmer Republic, Malaysia, Laos and the Republic of Vietnam joined the APU. In 1973 and 1974, however, some nations ceased to be the members from the unavoidable circumstances of their own countries or from a political change befallen their region. At the 24th Council Meeting of the APU held in Seoul from June 13 to 15, 1978, the Republic of Nauru in the Central Pacific was admitted as a full member. At the 17th General Assembly held in Tokyo, 1981, the Territory of Guam, the Republic of Vanuatu, the Republic of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia joined the Union as associate members. At the 18th General Assembly held in Agana, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands joined the Union as associate members. At the 18th General Assembly, the Charter of the Union was amended, above all in Art. 8 (voting) and Art. 12 (Steering Committee). So far as the membership is concerned, the Republic of Vanuatu and Fiji were admitted to the Union in 1983 and Solomon Islands joined as a full member in 1986. In 1987, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of the Marshall Islands became a full member respectively because of their acquisition of independent sovereign status. In 1988, Republic of the Philippines reentered the Union and regained the former position of founding member. In the same year, the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Kingdom of Tonga and Western Samoa joined as a full member respectively. In 1989 the Republic of Kiribati, in 1990 Cook Islands and in 1991 Tuvalu were admitted to the Union respectively. In 1992 Republic of Fiji returned to her membership in the Union. In 1993, Vietnam and Lao People’s Democratic Republic were granted their admission to the Union, but Vietnam is participating in APPU conferences as an observer because her internal procedure is not completed yet. In 1994, the Republic of Palau became a full member because she gained her independence. Then, in 2000, Mongolia was admitted to the Union.
The Central Secretariat
The Central Secretariat operates the APPU website which has the main four functions: (1) Information from the Central Secretariat of APPU (Topic) (2) Information about events (Event) (3) Resolutions to propose (Forum) (4) Balloting system (Polls).
With regard to the operation of the Central Secretariat, IFA, International Friendship Association has been left in charge of implementing the office from October 2006, according to the yearly contracts between the Central Secretariat, APPU and IFA. IFA was established in 1969 by Mr. Kiichi Aichi (Minister of Foreign Affairs)’s leadership under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The main purpose of IFA’s foundation announced as improvement and establishment of mutual understandings and friendly relations in an international society.
Republic of China(Taiwan),Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Republic of the Philippines, Kingdom of Thailand
Cook Islands, Republic of Fiji, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Palau, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands,, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Republic of Vanuatu