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GWP in the International Conference on the Mekong River Commission (MRC)


The 2nd MRC Summit & Conference was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 2-3 April 2014.


More than 300 international and regional water experts, stakeholders & delegations from the MRC Member Countries, China, Myanmar and development partners discussed the issued about Mekong River & its resources and set strategic directions and policy for the MRC.


One of the issues of discussion from the conference was the benefit of transboundary cooperation in ensuring water, energy, and food security while considering climate change. This issue has been discussed among UN, GWP and various other International & Regional Organizations.



“Water is now recognized as a human right, it is essential for children, women and men for economies, for ecosystems, for energy, agriculture and industry. Water is the medium that integrates our gratest  human development challenges in health, food energy and climate change & livelihood. Water is a connector”. Said Ursula Schaefer-Press, GWP Chair as one of the Conference’s keynote Speaker.


In her speech, Ursula was mentioning about the WACDEP Program in SEA and introduced the vocal point of WACDEP Southeast Asia, Mr. Pahrian G. Siregar.


The outcome of the conference informed the MRC Summit leaders in their deliberations on the future of the Mekong region and the MRC. It is also intended that the outcome would be useful for the transboundary basin management agenda to receive attention among the participants and negotiators addressing the SDGs and the climate change agreement at COP 21 in 2015.