Vientiane, Lao PDR, 12 November 2021 — The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today released the second edition of its Style Guide, as the Commission looks to improve the quality and consistency of its documents and publications.

The MRC Writing, Publication and Style Guide contains guidance on common problems of English grammar, spelling, hyphenation, capitalization, document referencing, in-text citations, and bibliography organization. First published in 2007, the Guide is intended for creators of MRC’s documents and publications, including MRC Secretariat’s staff members and consultants as well as external users who need a style guide.   

“The updated Guide is closely aligned with the MRC’s evolving role. It is meant to make the preparation of written material simpler to enhance understanding of the MRC’s work among a diverse range of audiences,” said Dr An Pich Hatda, Chief Executive Officer of the MRC Secretariat.

The online version of the 126-page Style Guide will be updated regularly to ensure it remains relevant and current. Training sessions are planned for the MRC Member Countries and staff of the MRC Secretariat to help facilitate the usage of the Guide.

The MRC has adapted English as an official language through its operations, products and services. It has produced more than 500 publications on various water related subjects. Stakeholders and the public can access and download the resources for free through this link

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The MRC is an intergovernmental organization established in 1995 for regional dialogue and cooperation in the Lower Mekong River Basin. Based on the Mekong Agreement between Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, the Commission serves as a regional platform for water diplomacy as well as a knowledge hub of water resources management for the sustainable development of the region.