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"CHALLENGES TO WATER AND SECURITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA": TESTIMONY OF JOSEPH YUN, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY, BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS

SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE

SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

Chairman Webb and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the importance of the Mekong River to the sustainable development and security of the Mekong Basin and key aspects of our engagement strategy on these issues with the Southeast Asia region.

The Global Water and Sanitation Challenge

In her March 22, 2010 World Water Day Speech, Secretary Clinton stated that "water represents one of the

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UNICEF and partners help Lao PDR Government address 'alarming' malnutrition levels

VIENTIANE, Lao People's Democratic Republic, 14 September 2010 - UNICEF and partners have joined forces with the Ministry of Health in Lao PDR to address worrying levels of malnutrition among children living in remote areas of the country.

VIDEO: UNICEF's Rachel O'Brien reports on the nutritional assessment survey carried out in flood- and typhoon-affected areas of Lao PDR.

An assessment conducted in May and June

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Thailand + 3 others
Danish Government supports Mekong countries as they come to grips with climate change

Hau Hin, Thailand

The Danish Government has pledged today to provide nearly US$ 1 million (DKK 4.8 million) to help Mekong countries counter the effects of climate change.

The funding will go towards helping Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam; the four Member Countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), to work together to mitigate the effects of changes in weather patterns that scientists say are expected over the coming decades in the Mekong River Basin.

"The people of the Mekong Basin are perhaps uniquely vulnerable to the impact of climate change, which

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Cambodia + 4 others
MRC International Conference "Transboundary Water Resources Management in a Changing World" 2-3 April 2010, Hua Hin, Thailand CONFERENCE SUMMARY 3 April 2010

Hau Hin, Thailand

BACKGROUND

The First Summit of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) takes place in Hua Hin, Thailand, on 5 April 2010 to gather regional Prime Ministers, political leaders, MRCs Dialogue Partners, the People's Republic of China and the Union of Myanmar, its Development Partners and a range of experts in the field of transboundary water resources management. This event marks the 15th Anniversary of the Mekong River Commission and will serve to reaffirm at the highest level, political commitment of Member Countries to the mission of the MRC.

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Thailand + 3 others
Finland supports Mekong countries to take up emerging challenges

Hau Hin, Thailand

Efforts to create an integrated water resource development strategy across the Mekong river basin received a new boost today as the Finnish Government committed to a grant of Euros 1 million to support the MRC Water Management Trust Fund.

The Fund provides a rapid and flexible support mechanism for MRC policy and strategy development and implementation as well as responding to unforeseen short-term needs of Member Countries. In particular, the funding will support MRC Member Counties, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, to formulate a new 5-year Strategy for

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Cambodia + 4 others
State of Mekong Basin good but future developments bring both risks and opportunities says MRC report

Hau Hin, Thailand

A report released by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) reveals good news for the general health of the Mekong Basin, but warns that this and the eco-systems of the river system could be threatened by proposed infrastructure and expanding populations.

"The water quality of almost all the mainstream monitoring stations is rated as 'excellent' for the protection of aquatic life," says the MRC's State of the Basin Report 2010, released today, with the exception of areas of high population density and in the

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China ready to share data on Mekong water levels ahead of regional river summit

Bangkok, THAILAND

China has agreed to share hydrological data with countries in the lower basin says the Mekong River Commission (MRC), days before a high-level summit takes place in Hua Hin to discuss river management issues.

"China has indicated that it is prepared to begin providing the MRC Secretariat with data during this dry season from the hydro-meteorological stations at Jinghong and Man'an, starting this week," said Jeremy Bird, CEO of the MRC Secretariat at a press briefing in Bangkok today. "This is very positive news, as it shows

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Cambodia + 3 others
Mekong Ministers meet in Hua Hin to discuss water issues

Vientiane, Lao PDR/Hua Hin, Thailand

Hydropower, climate change, fisheries and flood management loom large for the Mekong Basin, with ministers from four countries meeting in Hua Hin this week to discuss strategies for trans-boundary river management.

The annual meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council was an opportunity for Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam to share views and discuss the future direction of the river basin, as well as how Member Countries can assist each other in addressing the challenges posed by increasing pressures on water resources.

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Cambodia + 3 others
Mekong-wide approach to understanding and acting on climate change

Vientiane, Lao PDR - The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has today announced a new effort to address climate change in the Mekong Basin.

The Mekong Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (CCAI) aims to develop and implement climate change adaptation strategies to deal with the consequences across the basin of an increae in the mean temperature, potentially higher rainfall and more frequent flooding in some parts of the basin, more drought in other parts, and sea level rise impacting the delta.

The launching of the Mekong CCAI is the

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Lao PDR: Villagers provided with cell phones to help improve accuracy of flood warnings

Vientiane, Lao PDR - Lao villagers are being provided with cell phones and trained to use them to report the likelihood of localised flooding to the Department of Meteorology & Hydrology - the national agency responsible for flood forecasting.

Villagers have this week been provided with 12 phones, flood markers and other equipment, as well as training as observers to take wet-season water level measurements in 19 remote villages in Hatxayfong & Sikkothabong Districts, near Vientiane. The Mekong River Commission (MRC) supported scheme is part of a regional trial to

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Myanmar + 53 others
International cooperation on humanitarian assistance in the field of natural disasters, from relief to development - Report of the UN SG (A/64/331)

Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination
of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations

Summary

The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 63/141 of 10 March 2009, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to continue to improve the international response to natural disasters and to report thereon to the

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Commission decision of on the financing of emergency humanitarian Actions from the general budget of the European Communities in Lao PDR (ECHO/-FA/BUD/2009/05000)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid , and in particular Article 2(a) and Article 13 thereof:

Whereas:

(1) A substantial rodent infestation linked to the bamboo flowering - a phenomenon which occurs at unpredictable time intervals in South East Asia - has resulted in massive and widespread loss of crops and food stocks in seven Northern provinces of Laos;

(2) The 2008 harvest failure, the loss

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Viet Nam: Appeal No. MAAVN001, 2009-2010 - Programme Update no. 1

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The 2009-2010 support programme aims to strengthen the Viet Nam Red Cross society's role as the leading humanitarian organization in Viet Nam.

Programme summary:

Focus of activities during this reporting period has been the continuation of mangrove plantation and maintenance - disaster preparedness through plantation of mangroves/bamboo, training on disaster preparedness planning, education on disaster preparedness,
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Afghanistan + 54 others
United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) 2008 Annual Report

Foreword: A year of challenges

It is my pleasure to present to you the 2008 Annual Report for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

For the millions of people affected by natural disasters and conflict worldwide, 2008 was a year of enormous challenges. More than 211 million people were affected by natural disasters, with more than 238,000 killed and US$200 billion in damages, making 2008 one of the most devastating years in terms of human and material losses. 2008 also

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Samoa + 9 others
Commission on Climate Change and Development presents its final report to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Donors urged to honour their ODA commitments; local ownership is key; new and additional money for adaptation is needed together with effective global funding mechanisms. These are the some of the Commission's conclusions to help people adapt to the already visible effects of climate change.

Fighting poverty and fighting climate change are the ultimate issues of our time. They are inseparable and have to be addressed together, says Ms Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Chair of the international Commission on Climate Change and Development.

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Laos: Government boost for local NGOs

Report
IRIN
BANGKOK, 12 May 2009 (IRIN) - International aid groups have welcomed a decision by the Lao government to allow local NGOs to register and operate as independent entities for the first time.

"This is an important development for the Lao People's Democratic Republic and civil society," UN Resident Coordinator in Laos, Sonam Yangchen Rana, told IRIN from the capital Vientiane.

By November this year Lao citizens will be able to apply to form NGOs after the Decree on Associations was signed by Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh and announced on 11 May.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Afghanistan + 14 others
Asia Pacific Zone: Appeal No. MAA50001 Annual Report 2008

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies

In brief

Summary:

This annual report focuses on the work of the team in the Asia Pacific zone office in 2008 to provide leadership

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Viet Nam: Appeal No. MAAVN001 - Annual Report 2008

This report covers the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008

In brief

Programme purpose: The support to the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) focuses on three main areas:

- Strengthen the VNRC's capacity to continue implementation of sustainable initiatives that reduce losses and effects from disasters.

- VNRC delivers quality health and care programmes and services that address the needs of vulnerable people in Viet Nam.

- VNRC is a strong, relevant and well-functioning national society that is more effective at all levels, thus providing better

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Bangladesh + 6 others
ADB, Japan to help Asia cut human, economic losses from water disasters

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Japan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are providing support for improved flood management in the region, in a bid to lower the rising human and economic costs of water-related disasters.

ADB's Board of Directors approved a US$2 million grant from the Japan Special Fund for regional technical assistance to support investments in water-related disaster management. The Fund is financed by the Government of Japan and administered by ADB.

Water-related disasters in the region have risen sharply over the past 50 years, killing an average of 63,000

Asian Development Bank:

© Asian Development Bank

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Vietnam: Flood-hit provinces get more rice support

As many as 1,950 tonnes of rice from the national reserves will be provided free for northern mountainous provinces of Bac Kan and Bac Giang, according to a decision of the Prime Minister on March 31.

Bac Kan province will receive 600 tonnes of rice while Bac Giang will receive the rest. This is the second time in March the PM has decided to allocate rice for the province.

Earlier, the PM also decided to provide 1,350 tonnes of rice for Bac Giang people to overcome the aftermaths of hurricanes and floods last year.