Vientiane, Lao PDR, 3rd Oct 2017
For more than 20 years, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) has been supporting its member countries – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam – to jointly develop and manage the Lower Mekong Basin sustainably. The intergovernmental river basin organization was established though the 1995 Mekong Agreement, when the four signatory countries agreed to cooperate in developing, managing, using and conserving water resources in areas such as fisheries, flood control, irrigation, hydropower, and navigation.
The MRC acts as a platform for water diplomacy and regional cooperation in which member countries share the benefits of common water resources despite different national interests, and address transboundary pressures in the basin. It also serves as a knowledge hub that promotes regional cooperation and policy-making based on scientific evidence. The MRC provides technical assistance and develops practical tools to help its member countries make informed decisions about their development.
Two summits of MRC Heads of Governments took place – the first in 2010 hosted by Thailand in Hua Hin and the second in 2014 hosted by Viet Nam in Ho Chi Minh City. The 3rd Summit will be held in 2018 and scheduled to be hosted by Cambodia. The theme for the 3rd Summit is around enhancing cooperation and partnerships.
The contest is open to anyone regardless of age, country of origin, etc. Employees and immediate family members of the MRC and its member countries’ national Mekong committees are not eligible to enter the contest.
Submissions are exclusively through Facebook. Entrants are entitled to submit maximum 5 slogan proposals. Each proposal includes a slogan and a maximum 100 words explain why the slogan is selected.
The slogan proposal can be submitted directly by replying the posts about the contest, sending to inbox of the MRC Facebook or sending to email of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selected submitted slogans will be posted on Facebook during the time of the contest.
Selection of the top three entries will be made by a committee comprising representatives from the MRC management and its Communication Team.
4 October to 31 October 2017
2 November 2017. The winner will be notified prior to an announcement appearing on the MRC Facebook.
All entries must be submitted in English.
The slogan must be written in clear, concise English and reflect the aim of the 3rd MRC Summit in 2018. We are looking for a short, catchy slogan that is easy to understand and appeals to a wide audience.
The slogan should reflect the 3rd MRC Summit to highlight the spirit of Meeting the needs, keeping the balance and For sustainable development, focusing around cooperation and partnerships.
It should be noted that not only the partnerships with upper Mekong riparian China and Myanmar and other regional and international donors are of importance but the further stronger regional cooperation among MRC Member Countries is a must in the context of the rapid water resources development in the Member Countries. A comprehensive and whole basin approach for basin planning, management and development are to be consolidated for the next Summit period.
The Selection committee will evaluate entries based on originality, creativity, and relevance to the topic and purpose of the campaign. The MRC reserves the right to refuse any slogan they deem inappropriate and to use the won entries either original version or combination of them for the slogan of the Summit.
There will be the first prize of US$ 300 for the best slogan. The other two second prizes will be US$50 each.