“This groundbreaking initiative is the first of its kind, anywhere in the world, to provide guidance on advancing and protecting children’s rights to a healthy environment,” said Cynthia Veliko, the UN Human Rights South-East Asia Regional Representative in Bangkok. “Ensuring these fundamental rights is not just a commitment to a healthier future for the world’s children, but to a more sustainable future for our planet and future generations. We hope the Principles and Policy Guidance will be used as a basis for an expanded ASEAN commitment to children’s rights to a healthy environment in the region,” Veliko said.
The Livable Cities Investment Project will help more than 140,000 residents in Bavet, Kampot, and Poipet access better wastewater and solid waste management services. It will help the cities reduce flooding by upgrading their urban stormwater and drainage systems.
“This additional funding will help the MRC establish its Core River Monitoring Network in the Mekong Region, an essential step towards getting more timely data and information about impacts of water infrastructure projects not only on the Mekong mainstream but also tributaries. We hope the fund will contribute to informed decisions over the development and responsible management of water resources as well as boosting the MRC’s ability to manage flood and drought risks more effectively.”
Representatives from Lancang-Mekong countries participated in the meeting and discussed comprehensive arrangements for Lancang-Mekong environmental cooperation in 2021.
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh stated that Vietnam will reach its net-zero carbon emission target by 2050 and called for fairness and justice in climate change issues. Chinh reiterated that developed countries should share in the country’s difficulties and offer assistance in HR, national governance on sustainable development and provide Vietnam with preferential green finance and technology.
The 11th MRC RSF aims to provide a unique opportunity for stakeholders to exchange views on responsible hydropower development and management, on the first day. On the second day, it will share the latest information on the 684-megawatt Sanakham dam that the Lao Government has proposed to build on the mainstream of the Mekong River,
At the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits, ASEAN announced the awarding of ASEAN Prize 2021 to Mekong Institute for its contributions in promoting ASEAN awareness and strengthening regional cooperation towards sustainable development.