Media Advisory: Invitation for media coverage of the 23rd Meeting of the MRC Council


Vientiane, Lao PDR, 10 Nov 2016


Invitation for media coverage of the 23rd Meeting of the MRC Council 


WHAT: 23rd Meeting of the MRC Council

WHEN: 23rd November 2016, 14:00

WHERE: Champasak Gran Hotel, Pakse, Lao PDR

WHO: MRC Council Members who are Water and Environment Ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam 


Representatives of the media are cordially invited to attend the opening session of the 23rd Meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council.

The Council Meeting is an annual meeting by the Council Members of the MRC to review and come to mutual conclusions on the management and development of water and related resources within the framework of the Agreement on Cooperation for Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin (the 1995 Mekong Agreement).

At the upcoming 23rd Meeting, the Council Members will review MRC work in 2016 and together make a decision on future direction for MRC in 2017 and beyond. The agenda of the meeting will focus on (i) strengthening of cooperation with Dialogue Partners, Development Partners and regional initiatives; (ii) implementation of the updated Basin Development Strategy for 2016-2020 and MRCS Annual Work Plan for 2017; (iii) preparation for one office location of the MRCS; (iv) the MRC Reforming Process; (v) the MRC Council Study; and (vi) implementation of the MRC Procedures and the Joint Platform’s work.

The MRC was established on 5 April 1995 when Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam altogether signed the1995 Mekong Agreement. It is the only inter-governmental organisation that works directly with the four governments to jointly manage the shared water resources and the sustainable development of the Mekong River. The MRC consists of three permanent bodies: (i) the Council, (ii) the Joint Committee, and (iii) the Secretariat.

Members of the media interested in covering the event should confirm their attendance by no later than 17 November 2016.


To confirm your participation and for more information, please contact:

The Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane

Phone: +856 21 263 263

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