Mekong River Commission (MRC)

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History

5 Apr 1995, on signature of Agreement on Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin by plenipotentiaries from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Replaced the former Mekong Committee, set up 17 Sep 1957, Bangkok (Thailand), by the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, on recommendation of the then United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE), now United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and the subsequent Interim Committee for Coordination of Investigations of the Lower Mekong Basin (Interim Mekong Committee), set up Jan 1978 by Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Currently official dialogue is held with the 2 other states of the mekong River basin, China and Myanmar.

Aims

Share benefits of common water resources, despite different national interests, and address transboundary pressures in the basin; serve as a knowledge hub that promotes regional cooperation and policy-making based on scientific evidence; provide technical assistance and develop practical tools to help its member countries make informed decisions about their development.

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Research and development; knowledge management/information dissemination; standards/guidelines; monitoring/evaluation.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 14 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 16 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 4 countries
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Subjects *

  • Hydrology
    • Rivers and Lakes

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 14: Life Below Water

UIA Org ID

E2491

Last News Received

9. Mar 2017
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