The Regional Meeting of Young Parliamentarians of the Asia-Pacific was held from 25th to 26th April 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
This was organized by the Parliament of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The theme of this meeting was “Role of young parliamentarians in advancing inclusive and peaceful societies and preventing violent extremism.”
Young members of National Parliaments from thirty-nine (39) countries in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as observers from selected youth organizations, networks and associations were participated in the meeting. Delegation of Sri Lanka comprised of 20 young parliamentarians from the United National Party (UNP), the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK).
The inaugural session was graced by the presence of the Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister and Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, the Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Parliament, the Hon. Saber Chowdhury, President of the Inter- Parliamentary Union and the Ms. Una McCauley, UN Resident Co-ordinator & UNDP Resident Representative.