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Boosting Asia-Europe co-operation in water resources

(VGP – 21/03/2013) - The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) conference themed “Water and River Basin Management-Approach to Green Growth” opened in Can Tho city on Thursday.
 

The overview of ASEM Seminar on Water and River Basin Management a Green Growth Approach, Can Tho city, March 21, 2013 - Photo: VGP

The two-day conference, started on March 21, attracted some 150 participants from 51 members of ASEM as well as representatives of the United Nations, regional and international organizations such as the Mekong River Commission, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, the UNDP, the World Bank.
 
Participants will focus on discussions about main topics of water resources and sustainable development; water, food and energy – towards stability; water and people’s life; enhancing the effectiveness of Asia and Europe co-operation in sustainable management of water resources to further boost co-operation among ASEM members in management and protection of water resources for the target of sustainable development.

The conference will also approve a report on recommendations to the 11th ASEAM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in India this November and the 10th ASEM Summit in Belgium next year.

Addressing the conference, PM Nguyen Tan Dung stressed on challenges relating to water resources which have been existing in the development history of human beings. Such challenges have become more urgent and severe urging for strategic and global solutions.

At the moment, there are 150 sharing common water resources for the needs of their daily life, economy and development. Many solutions and approaches to the management of water resources have been researched and applied such as general management, management based on river basin and management on water-energy-food.

Realizing the responsibility of one of the world’s biggest suppliers in agricultural products and to join hands in coping with challenges, Viet Nam has highlighted the sustainable protection and management of water resources. This is one of the important contents of the Strategy on Sustainable Development of Viet Nam in 2011-2020 and the National Strategy on Water Resources until 2020.

Opportunities from water resources management

Viet Nam has actively joined in and contributed to the joint efforts at all levels of international co-operation, including the World Water Forum, the Global Water Partnership, the International River Basin Organisation, ASEAN, ASEM, APEC.

As a country located in the Lower Mekong Basin, Viet Nam especially focuses on the expansion and enhancement of the co-operation effectiveness on Mekong River.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung expressed his belief that exchanges and dialogues on the constructive sense and equal partnership would help solve effectively all challenges relating to water resources, as well as ensure the legitimate interests of the people in economy and development./.

The ASEM was established in 1996.

After 17 years of development, ASEM has become the most important dialogue mechanism and the biggest co-operation among the two continents, gathering 51 members, including four permanent members of the UN Security Council and 12 members of G20.

ASEM members represent about 50% of the world’s GDP and more than 60% of global trade.

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