Overall Programme

The Summit will be held one day after a number of preparatory meetings. On 3rd April 2014, a Preparatory Meeting of the MRC Joint Committee will be held with the participation of the members of the MRC Joint Committee. In parallel, a Development Partners Harmonisation Meeting will take place with the participation of representatives from the MRC Development Partners.

On 4th  April 2014, a Preparatory Meeting of the MRC Council will be held with the participation of the members of the MRC Council. At the same time, if required, a continued Session of the Development Partners Harmonisation will be convened with the participation of representatives from the Development Partners.
Before the Summit there will also be a two-day International Conference. Below are the dates for both the pre-summit International Conference and the Second MRC Summit.

 
2-3 April 2014    International conference

Preparatory meetings for the Summit
3 April 2014    
17:00 - 19.00    A Preparatory Meeting of the MRC Joint Committee for the Second MRC Summit (closed meeting)
4 April 2014    
8.30 - 17.00   Development Partners Hamonisation Session
08:30 - 17.00   

Preparatory Meeting of the MRC Council for the Second MRC
Summit (closed meeting)


The 2nd MRC Summit
5 April 2014
09:00 - 10:00   Registration for the Summit
09:30 - 10.15   Heads of MRC Governments’ Retreat (closed meeting)
10:15 - 10:30   Coffee Break
10:30   The Second MRC Summit (Open to registered members of the media)
Venue: Lotus Ball Room on the 1st floor
10:30 - 10:45   Opening Ceremony
10:45 - 11:00   Opening statement by H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
11:00 - 11:10   Statement by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia
11:10 - 11:20   Statement by H.E. Mr. Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of Lao PDR
11:20 - 11:30   Statement by H.E. Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
11:30 - 11:40   Statement by Delegation of People Republic of China
11:40 - 11:50   Statement by Delegation of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
11:50 - 12:00   Statement by Development Partners
12:00 - 12:10   “Ho Chi Minh City” Declaration presented by H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
12:10 - 12:20   Adoption of the “Ho Chi Minh City” Declaration
12:20 - 12:30   Celebration for the Future of the MRC
12:30 - 12:50   Photo Session
13:00 - 13:30   Press Conference by H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of THE Socialist Republic of Viet Nam at Sunflower Ball Room
13:30   Lunch
     

BACKGROUND ON MRC SUMMIT

In 2010 the Mekong River Commission held an MRC Summit for the first time in response to the accelerating water and related resources development in the Mekong Basin. It was the first meeting of the MRC’s highest political level. The Summit was held on April 5th which marked the date when the four countries, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam signed the Mekong Agreement in 1995 and became Member Countries of the MRC. The Second Summit is held on the same date.

At the first MRC Summit, the Heads of Governments issued the Hua Hin Declaration acknowledging key achievements since 1995 and agreeing on a number of priority areas of action for the MRC.

Priority areas of action:

  1. Adopting and implementing the Integrated Water Resources Management-based Basin Development Strategy. 
  2. Intensifying efforts to effectively manage the risks from flood, drought and sea level rise, including establishment of forecasting and warning systems across the whole basin.
  3. Facilitating an international legal framework that encourages river navigation and trade.
  4. Researching and addressing the threat to livelihoods posed by climate change and cooperating with other regional partners in addressing haze pollution.
  5. Monitoring and taking measures to improve water quality in priority areas of the Basin.
  6. Sustaining the existing and future uses of water and related resources, and aquatic biodiversity, wetlands and forests in the Basin.
  7. Identifying and advising on the opportunities and challenges of hydropower and other infrastructure development in the Basin, especially risks as they pertain to the protection of food security and livelihoods.
  8. Continuing to improve the implementation of the Procedures for Data and Information Exchange and Sharing, the Procedures for Water Use Monitoring, the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement and the Procedures for Maintenance of Flows on the Mainstream and finalise the Procedures for Water Quality. 
  9. Exploring and identifying opportunities for expanding cooperation between the organisation’s current Dialogue Partners and Development Partners, in particular to address common water resources and climate change challenges, as well as identifying new Development Partners and other stakeholders.

Since then, the MRC has implemented the Hua Hin Declaration to address the priorities with a number of achievements including:

  • The adoption of the IWRM-based Basin Development Strategy by the MRC Council and the preparation of the Basin Action Plan which addresses the agreed strategic priorities to optimise development opportunities and minimise uncertainties and associated risks.
  • The management of flood risks by providing flood forecast based on water levels monitored at 22 stations along the Mekong River mainstream (including 2 stations in China) during the flood season (from 1 June until 31 October) and, during critical weather conditions, provides updates of flash flood risk levels in the Mekong basin.
  • The promotion of freedom of riverrine navigation by facilitating the agreement on Waterway Transportation between Cambodia and Viet Nam which has allowed cross border trade between the two countries and permitted access to the river system by foreign vessels.
  • The Adoption of the Procedures for Water Quality in 2011 by the MRC Council and the implementation of activities to monitor water quality and ecological health.
  • Addressing impacts of climate change on livelihoods by collecting meteorological data and downscale future climate projections, defining future climate scenarios, understanding the impacts of climate change on hydrological regimes, floods and droughts, ecosystems and biodiversity, and food security of the region.
  • The development of tools and initiatives to promote awareness on sustainable hydropower, including a Rapid Sustainability Assessment Tool (RSAT), preliminary design guidance, and benefit-sharing mechanism among policy-makers.
  • The enhanced cooperation with China who has agreed to extend the period of hydrological data sharing to one more month and increase the frequency of the information exchange from once to twice a day. This information can help improve flood forecasting in the Lower Mekong countries.

At the second MRC Summit, the Heads of Governments of the four MRC Member Countries will follow up on progress of the implementation of the Hua Hin declaration and evaluate preparations to realise Member Country’s commitment to a vision for the MRC to be financially sustained through the process of the Core River Basin Management Functions decentralisation.

The Heads of Governments will discuss topics pertaining to current development of the Mekong River Basin and set strategic direction and policy for MRC to overcome those challenges through regional cooperation.

 

Date & Venue

2-5 April 2014
Rex Hotel
141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1 - Dong Khoi / Nguyen Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Who Will Attend

Representatives of MRC Member Countries at the senior level, members of MRC Programmes, senior officials of MRC's Dialogue Partners, representatives of the donor community, delegates from international governmental and non-governmental organizations and other River Basin Organizations as well as academia. Overall, 250 to 300 participants are expected.