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G-20 Seoul Speakers' Consultation seeks parliamentary action on global issues
By Kim Eun-jung
SEOUL, May 4 (Yonhap) -- Sharing experiences and know-how through parliamentary exchanges is key to tackling major problems the global community is facing, South Korea's parliamentary speaker said Wednesday as he prepared to host a conference of his counterparts from the Group of 20 countries later this month.

   "We are now faced with many problems that threaten the global community as a whole, such as nuclear crisis, natural disasters, poverty, terror and financial crisis," National Assembly Speaker Park Hee-tae said at a press briefing. "Not only efforts by individual countries alone, but also close cooperation among the global community is needed more than ever."

  


The upcoming G-20 Speakers' Consultation, slated for May 18-20, comes after South Korea hosted the G-20 summit in November. The parliamentary meeting, which was first held in Canada in September, is designed to help leading lawmakers from the 20 nations interact with each other so as to develop better policies.

   Park, a six-term lawmaker, said he would use the upcoming meeting to back the achievements made at last year's summit in Seoul and to help promote prosperity and security of the international community.

   "To accomplish many promises made during the G-20 summit, each nation needs to modify its law and systems accordingly," Park said. "The themes to be discussed in this meeting will not lead to accomplishments without legislative and systematic support in the respective countries."

   During the three-day meeting, speakers and parliamentarians of Group of 20 as well as four non-G-20 members -- Malawi, Spain, the Netherlands and Vietnam -- will visit South Korea's National Assembly and discuss issues such as food security, peace and sound economic growth.

   "I believe the Seoul consultation will be a venue for us to share in-depth views and best practice global issues on a parliamentary level," Park said. "I will give my best efforts to make the Seoul consultation a forum to bring about actions."

   It will be the second time that South Korea brings international legislators after it hosted the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in 1983.

   ejkim@yna.co.kr
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