The Mekong River Commission
Mekong River Commission (MRC) was formed on 5 April 1995 by
an agreement between the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand
and Viet Nam. The four countries signed The
Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of
the Mekong River Basin and agreed on joint management of their
shared water resources and development of the economic potential
of the river.
The MRC has been built on a foundation of
nearly 50 years of knowledge and experience in the region starting
from 1957 when it began life as the UN-founded Mekong
In 1996 China
and Myanmar became Dialogue
Partners of the MRC and the countries now work together within
a cooperation framework.
The MRC is an international, country-driven
river basin organisation that provides the institutional framework
to promote regional cooperation in order to implement the 1995
Agreement. The MRC serves its member states by supporting decisions
and promoting action on sustainable development and poverty alleviation
as a contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals.
The MRC supports the Mekong
Programme, a Regional Cooperation Programme for the Sustainable
Development of Water and Related Resources in the Mekong Basin
owned by its member countries.
Strategic Goals 2011-2015
The MRC Goals for 2011-2015, formulated in
alignment with the organisation’s two main focus areas for the
period of this
Strategic Plan, are:
Support for the implementation of the
IWRM-based Basin Development Strategy to address the urgent
needs and priorities for the integrated management of water
and related resources of the Mekong River Basin towards
Transition towards the implementation
of the MRC core functions and increased Member Country
contributions to the delivery of these tasks.
The Mekong River
Commission Secretariat, which has two offices – one
in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the other in Vientiane, Lao PDR,
which is the location of the Office of the Chief Executive Officer,
provides technical and administrative services to the MRC
Council and Joint Committee.