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A Vietnamese officials has affirmed that Vietnam is committed to complying with the obligations and responsibilities required to protect the environment and water resources within the framework of bilateral cooperation programs between Vietnam and Cambodia.


PHNOM PENH — Viet Nam is committed to protecting the environment and water resources within the framework of bilateral co-operation programmes between Viet Nam and Cambodia, said General Secretary of the Viet Nam National Mekong Committee (VNMC) Nguyen Hong Toan.

Toan made the pledge at a seminar on the environmental impacts of Viet Nam’s hydroelectric power plants on the Se San river basin held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Thursday.

The VNMC leader said that the plants have spurred socio-economic development for local people living along the common border area and have strengthened the Cambodia-Laos-Viet Nam Economic Development Triangle.

Viet Nam will work with Cambodia in order to minimise the negative impacts of the exploitation of water resources along the Mekong River, Toan said.

However, according to Tur Hagel, representative from Sweden’s international consultant organisation, Swenco Groner, field research and document references showed that the building of Viet Nam’s hydroelectric power plants has not polluted Cambodian territory downstream of the Se San River.

For his part, Cambodian Minister of the Environment Mok Mareth said in his inaugural speech that the event was aimed at implementing bilateral co-operation between Mekong River committees of the two countries as well as between Viet Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment.—VNS

RWSS Partnership Steering Committee’ 2nd Meeting, Ha Noi, 13/7/2007 The 2nd PSC meeting was held on 13/07/2007, at MARD and chaired by Vice Minister Dao Xuan Hoc and co-chaired by Mr. Chander Badloe, Head of WES Section, Unicef – representative for international partners. Vice Minister Dao Xuan Hoc stressed the significant progress of RWSS NTP II achieved recently and highly appreciate efforts and attempts made by RWSS CU in coordinating, collaborating with international and national partners, NTP II donors to implement activities in the approved 2007 AWP of RWSSP framework to meet the RWSS NTP and National Strategy’s objectives. Nội dung chi tiết.
(Govs Website) - Prime minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng issued decision no. 941/QĐ-TTg dated 25/7/2007 on dissolving advisory, inter-ministerial organizations established by the Prime Minsiter.

Dissolving 13 advisory, inter-ministerial organizations 
(Govs Website) - Prime minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng issued decision no. 941/QĐ-TTg dated 25/7/2007 on dissolving advisory, inter-ministerial organizations established by the Prime Minsiter.
(28/07/2007-01:12:00 PM)  
According to this decision, one of the 13 advisory, inter-ministerial organizations include 1 organization involving in RWSS:

1. National Steering Committee on water supply and sanitation, established at decision no 138/TTg dated 7/3/1996 by PM. MoNRE is the led agency and resposible for its existing organization on personnel, financial and asset management persuant to the law.

This decision will be effective after 15 days published on the Official Gazette.

By Hùng Mai

(Source: Decision 941/QĐ-TTg)

Third Plenary Meeting of Vietnam Water Partnership, Ha Noi 21/6/2007 Vietnam Water Partnership was established on 3/4/2002 and authozied to Water Resource Science Institute to be VNWP’s standing agency by MARD Minister. VNWP is a network linking management agencies, administrative agencies and social organizations, watrer service providers, mass media, scientists, water users or those involving in Vietnam water resources protection and development. VNWP also collaborate and participate in Global Water Partnership and Southeast Water Partnerhsip. Third Plenary Meeting of VNWP aimed to strengthen network organization inlien witht he development pace of Vietnam and the world development. Nội dung chi tiết.
Mekong partners join efforts through SAWAP (Sanitation and Water Partnership for the Mekong Region)to achieve the MDGs.

Updated 18 July 2007 from http://www.irc.nl/page/36838.

The Mekong sub-region is increasingly becoming a focus area for the Water and Sanitation Program - East Asia and the Pacific (WSP-EAP) support, with SAWAP (Sanitation and Water Partnership for the Mekong Region), a demand-responsive, multi-country technical assistance programme, as a significant mechanism for delivering programmes. Consultative meetings have been held in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam and a joint inter-country planning meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to help identify demand, further informing WSP’s support work planning for FY08 and beyond. The meetings have also resulted in the establishment of SAWAP Core Teams and agreement on a partner-led coordination mechanism for SAWAP. The three initial WSP focus countries have agreed on six specific SAWAP-supported cross-boundary projects that reflect SAWAP’s two parallel activity clusters, namely identifying and scaling up sustainable solutions and mobilizing resources to achieve the MDGs. In May 2007, the partnership completed its first phase of consultation workshops and field visits by organizing a start up meeting in Yunnan Province of China. Beginning July 2007, FY08 will see an increasingly intensive phase of expanding WSP support work to country-led SAWAP initiatives. Access to adequate sanitation in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam, averaged just 36% in 2004, with access to improved water supply standing at 59%.

Contact: Yosa Yuliarsa, WSP-EAP, Indonesia

Source: WSP, 11 Jun 2007

Keywords: Monitoring and evaluation, planning 

2nd RWSS Partnership Steering Committee meeting, 13/7/2007

The Second Meeting of the RWSS Partnership Steering Committee (PSC) to be held: 
Time:         8:00 to 11:40 am, Friday, 13 July, 2007 
Venue:      Room 101, Building B6, MARD, 2 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh, Hanoi 

The meeting will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Dao Xuan Hoc, Vice Minister of MARD, Chairman of RWSSP PSC, and co-chaired by a representative of Unicef Hanoi. 

The objectives of the meeting are to inform and discuss
Ø      Status of Implementation of the RWSSP Annual Plan up to June 30, 2007 and its necessary revisions.
Promotion of new intiatives in RWSSP and broader environment for cooperation and collaboration
Other issues.

Participants:  PSC members and invited participants.




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