The joint declaration of the South Asian Speakers' Summit on Sunday called for greater cooperation among the member countries to meet the challenges of climate change and related disasters.

The South Asian Speakers' Summit on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals was attended by South Asian countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The declaration stressed that the Paris Agreement should continue to be guided by the principles of the UN Framework Convention on Climate change, especially the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.

The joint declaration of the seven countries also agreed to consider setting up of a joint parliamentary group under the forum to deliberate upon and deepen cooperation on relevant issues.

Source: February 19, 2017, The Times of India