Asia Pacific Summit 2018 will be held in Kathmandu from October 30 to December 3. Former Nepalese peace and reconstruction minister and IAPP Asia Pacific Chairman EK Nath Dhakal along with Nepalese Ambassador Sewa Lamsal called on former Pakistan prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani at his residence in Islamabad to officially extend the invitation from the government of Nepal.The theme of the summit is to address the critical challenges, including independence, mutual prosperity and universal values. It will be attend by heads of states and governments, lawmakers, eminent leaders, businessmen and leaders of civil society, who will participate in several discussion on diverse topics such as climate change, peace and development, good governance, conflict resolution as well as strengthening marriage and family institutions with the aim of supporting the 2030 agenda for sustainable development . The principle organiser of the summit, the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) holds a general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Other major partners and supporters of the summit includes the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace IAPP and the International Conference of Asian Political Parties ICAPP.The Asia Pacific summit 2018 Nepal invitational committee is led by former prime minister Madhav Kumar and comprises prominent figures from the Asia Pacific region as its members . Yousaf Raza Gillani has been invited as a keynote speaker to the summit. After a brief discussion over the subject, Gillani accepted the invitation.In his remarks, he said that The Asia Pacific summit 2018 would surely make a very positive and substantial contribution to achieving the United Nation’s sustainable development goals and to building a world of lasting peace for the whole human family . Gillani hosted a dinner for the visiting minister at his residence, which was attended by Former National Assembly speaker Faisal Karim Kundi along with other dignitaries.Published in Daily Times, October 9th 2018.