Cambodian Cartoons Help to Fight Wildlife Crime

Wildlife Alliance, an NGO fighting wildlife crime in Cambodia, released two captivating animated Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to be aired throughout Cambodia.  The PSAs address the issue of the illegal wildlife consumption and encourage the public to not only stop consuming wildlife but also report wildlife crimes to the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) hotline.…

The Health Policy Project, Technical Exchange on Gender & Health Moves into its Second Phase

 At the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Second Regional Working Group Meeting held in Vientiane in November 2011, representatives from the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) requested technical assistance from development partners to strengthen the newly established Division for the Promotion of Women’s Advancement within the Ministry of Health, and support for the Ministry’s gender…

Remarks: Preserving the Mekong River System

Thank you again this week for all of your questions.  In some of my recent columns, I have focused on Cambodia’s democratic process and its upcoming parliamentary elections.  Last week, I accompanied approximately 35 large Cambodian companies to the United States to promote trade between our two great countries.  During this trip, I was in…

Women Push for Greater Role in Development of Mekong Region

Bangkok, Thailand – “I have never been around so many strong women from the Mekong region.  It’s really inspiring,” are the sentiments expressed by one of the women leaders who gathered in Bangkok, Thailand for IRI's Mekong Women’s Policy Dialogue.  Lead by Ambassador Paula Dobrianksy, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs,…

Training TB Champions in Monywa, Myanmar

Myanmar's National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) currently only covers 38 out of over 300 townships in the country for programmatic MDR-TB management.  This means that people who contract MDR-TB may need to travel to a different township to be diagnosed and treated.  In response, CAP-TB aims to strengthen the NTP's capacity by means of innovative grassroots structures like…

Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meetings to Accelerate Economic Growth in the Sub-region

The Foreign Ministers of the Lower Mekong Countries and the U.S. Secretary of State, met at the Sixth Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan on 1 July 2013.  The meeting was also attended for the first time by H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN.The Ministers discussed the several challenges facing…

NEWS: Thai Push Development at Mekong Basin Talks

Bandar Seri Begawan {The Nation/ ANN} -- Thailand made another push for development projects in the Mekong River basin when foreign ministers of five countries in the region sat together with counterparts from dialogue partners.Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul yesterday and Sunday joined a series of meetings with counterparts from the basin as well as from…

NEWS: Vietnam Attends Lower Mekong Meetings

A Vietnamese delegation led by Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh attended the Ministerial Meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) and the Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) Ministerial Meeting in Brunei on July 1.Under the theme “Opportunities and Challenges on Connectivity and Environment”, the LMI meeting discussed challenges to regional development and proposals for…

Press Release: Third Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) Ministerial Meeting

On July 1, the Third Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) Ministerial Meeting was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam from 7:00 p.m. for approximately one hour.  From Japan, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended the meeting.   An overview of the meeting is as follows.After the meeting, a Joint Ministerial Statement was…

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GREEN Mekong Piques ASEAN Interest at Annual Social Forestry Event

The USAID-supported Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) Program participated in the 4th ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) Annual Conference “Village Forests, REDD+, Conservation and Livelihoods” on June 17-19 in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.  Presenting to over 150 representatives in attendance from grassroots communities, national governments, civil society organizations and the…

SERVIR Mekong Request for Information Released

The Regional Environment Office has just released a Request for Information (RFI) to inform planning of a new activity, SERVIR Mekong.  SERVIR is a global program supported by USAID and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The goal of SERVIR is to enhance climate adaptation and landscape management through the increased application of geospatial analysis.  SERVIR helps build the capacity…