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Once Again, Malaysia To Host First Ladies Summit In 2012 | 13/10/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 2010 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will again host the second First Ladies Summit in 2012, the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, said Wednesday.

"I have discussed with the women, family and community development ministry and the officers concerned, and we have agreed to hold the summit in 2012," she said at a press conference after the closing of the inaugural First Ladies Summit 2010 here Wednesday.

She said the summit would be held every two years to discuss more on the well-being of children in shaping them towards becoming a good leader.

The First Ladies Summit 2010, initiated and hosted by Rosmah, focuses on ways in which families, communities and governments could work together to uncover the potential in every child.

Fifteen first ladies attended the summit themed, 'A Child Today, a Leader Tomorrow'

"And if other countries would like to have it, we are quite happy to give the responsibility to them but initially, we like to do it because we have to ensure that this summit will move and go on smoothly and successfully," said Rosmah.

She said she would like to see the first ladies from developed countries attend the next summit to share their experiences.

"I would like to appeal to all first ladies, especially from developed countries, to attend the 2012 summit to give opinions and advise us (on) what we should concentrate (on)...avoid, and emphasise," she said.

At the same time, Rosmah also said that developed countries too, were also facing the same problem on social issues, such as concerning children.

"The children are not being guided, some of them refuse to respect the elders, they get into fights and all kind of social problems," she added.

She pointed out that the reason behind the problems were caused by parents who were busy with their professions.

"They are more concerned on their work, rather than taking care, guiding and listening to their children's problems. These are the major problems from developed countries," she said.

Rosmah urged the media to disseminate information that Malaysia could hold such an important summit smoothly and successfully, giving importance to the development and well-being of children, all over the world.

She also hoped that the next summit would have more in-depth discussion regarding elements on civic consciousness and issues involving children.

Rosmah said, Memetong, the first lady from Kiribati, had also asked to include the issue of climate change, as an important issue in the declaration.

"They want it in, so that other countries will be aware that there are islands which are getting smaller and they are afraid that one day they would no longer have a home," she said.

Asked if Malaysia could implement all those matters related in the declaration, she said, Malaysia has no problem in implementing all the thoughts given in the summit as the country have plenty of community projects being carried out.

"To me, I think we should be able to adopt all these points in declaration as we have a lot of programes on bonding of families and children," she said.

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