14-point agreement reached at UPDJC meeting

 

The 14-point agreement submitted by the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) secretariat to the 3rd session of Union Peace Conference (21st Century Panglong Conference) was approved at the UPDJC’s 17th meeting, said Zaw Htay, Director-General of Myanmar State Counsellor Office Ministry, at a press conference held at the Myanmar International Convention Center-2 in Nay Pyi Taw on July 15.

“We have reached the 14-point agreement—four in political sector, one in economic sector, seven in social sector and two in land and natural environment sector,” he added.

On the first day session of the conference, the UPDJC submitted the 14-point proposal. On the second, third and fourth day sessions of the conference, this proposal was discussed by groups and sectors.

On the fifth and final day of the conference, the 14-point agreement will be signed as the part-2 of the Union accord.

The four points in political sector are: (1) to lay down policies to avoid gender discrimination and guarantee gender equality; (2) to encourage the at least 30-per-cent inclusive ratio of women in every sector; (3) to lay down and implement policies to protect gender-based violence in the democratic federal union; and (4) to promote women’s empowerment to help support gender equality.

In his opening greeting, Dr Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong, vice-chair of the UPDJC said the UPDJC has a duty-bound to achieve peace the people have been longing for.