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Environment Minister Attends Mekong River Commission Summit

Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Ohn Win attended the 3rd Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit and ministerial meeting held from April 4 to April 5 in Siem Reap in Cambodia. The 3rd MRC Summit took place under the title of Enhancing Joint Efforts and Partnerships towards Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Mekong River Basin – One Mekong, One Spirit on April 5 at Sokha Siem Reap Resort and Convention Centre.

Union Minister Ohn Win delivered a speech as a representative from a dialogue partner of the MRC together with Water Resources Minister E Jingpin from China. Their speeches were preceded by those of Laotian Prime Minister Thong Loun Sisoulith, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who represented the member nations of the MRC. As another commission member and the host of the summit, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen gave an opening speech at the event.

Discussions at the summit covered the future processes of the commission, the issues related to effective implementation of the 1995 Mekong Agreement, achievement of the sustainable development goals, Mekong River basin water resources, exchange of environmental information concerning water resources, mitigation measures on climate change including regional foods and droughts, and enhancement of cooperation among member nations of the MRC, dialogue partners and development partners.

The MRC is an inter-governmental organisation that works directly with the governments of Cambodia, Lao, Thailand and Vietnam to jointly manage the shared water resources and the sustainable development of the Mekong River. Its mission is to promote and coordinate sustainable management and development of water and related resources for the countries’ mutual beneft and the people’s well-being.