Nation ready to coordinate in using water resources
17:59 | 20/05/2013

VGP - Viet Nam is willing to work with other countries and exchange and share knowledge and experience with them in managing, exploiting and sustainably using water resources, especially experience in dealing with flood and drought.

The opening ceremony of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit, Chiang Mai, Thailand, May 20, 2013 - Photo: VGP

Deputy PM Nguyen Thien Nhan made the statement in his speech delivered to the ongoing 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS2) in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Regional countries should join their hands for prosperity and stability of the Asia Pacific, safe water resources, and mutual benefit of all regional nations, said Deputy PM Nhan.

He suggested adopting the United Nations Convention on the Law of Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses, improving the efficiency of signed agreements and treaties and promoting the cooperation in sharing cross-border water resources on the principle of equality among nations.

Regional countries should boost the sharing of experience in managing, protecting, exploiting, using water resources sustainably, economically and effectively while working together to prevent water resources’ bad effects, invest in sewage treatment facilities, and recover exhausted water resources, said Deputy PM Nhan.

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra stressed that the summit aims to value the necessity of flood prevention and water resource management under the effect of climate change, and seek international coordination to devise specific plans in addressing the future water issues that may arise.

The gathering is also an opportunity for regional leaders to share their viewpoints and assess the management over crisis related to water, in order to reach a consensus on creating mechanisms to manage and prevent risks brought by flood and draught, she added.

Thailand committed the grant of US$1 million to the establishment of a US$10 million fund for studying regional water resource management.

Under the theme of "Water Security and Water-related Disaster Challenges: Leadership and Commitment" with three policy priority areas for commitment and change: Development, Shocks and Resilience, and Well-being, APWS2 attracts the attention of over 2,000 delegates from 50 countries and territories in the Asia Pacific, including high-level leaders.

By Ngoc Van


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