CONNECTING YOUNG MINDS- Empowering Youth in Asia- COMET

Through our programs, USAID in Asia is looking to new ways to tap into the energy and innovation of young people. For example, the USAID Connecting the Mekong through Education and Training (USAID COMET) program and the International Organization for Migration in the IOM X campaign engage youth to become leaders in their communities. With…

10th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial in Manila

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/08/273217.htm   08/07/2017 08:11 AM EDT   Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Sofitel Hotel  Manila, Philippines August 7, 2017   SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning. Good morning, all. How’s everybody’s jet lag? Well, I thought I’d take a few minutes out of the series of events and give you a little bit of…

Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Senior Officials’ Meeting

EAP Assistant Secretary Danny Russel meets with LMI Senior Officials in Luang Prabang, May 2016

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts public participation workshop in Laos

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in collaboration with the Government of Laos Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), invited participants to attend a workshop delivered by experts from the USACE Institute for Water Resources on public participation, collaboration and conflict transformation in Vientiane, February 23 – 25, 2016. The workshop focused on the…

5 Things You Should Know About the U.S.-ASEAN Partnership

http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2016/02/01/ahead-us-asean-summit-5-things-you-should-know-about-us-asean-partnership President Barack Obama has made our relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and engagement with Southeast Asia a key priority under his Rebalance strategy. For this reason he has invited his ASEAN counterparts to the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, California on February 15th and 16th for a special Summit. This…

Lower Mekong Initative Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange

Lower Mekong River Nations Participate in Disaster Relief Exercise and Exchange in Laos By Sgt. 1st Class Kevin P. Bell Vientiane, Laos PDR (Sept. 25, 2015) – The scenario is a familiar one in Southeast Asia, a typhoon is sweeping across the area causing massive flooding, particularly along the Mekong River and its tributaries in…

WECREATE Center opens in Cambodia

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ASEAN Education Officials Approve the Signature LMI Project COMET

The ASEAN Senior Officials on Education (SOM-ED) endorsed the USAID-managed Connecting the Mekong through Education and Training (COMET) program after USAID gave a presentation on the project during their regular meeting on April 24 in Hanoi. As the first LMI signature project to be endorsed by ASEAN, this support will further LMI-ASEAN cooperation on shared…

Lower Mekong Civil Society Organizations Improve Equitable Facilitation Skills

Nineteen representatives from civil society organizations working with local communities on forests and climate change issues in the Lower Mekong region gathered this week in Bangkok for a third capacity development workshop as part of a series of training events organized by the USAID Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong program.Participants practiced skills…

USAID LEAF Partners with Vietnam’s Lam Dong Province to Launch Climate Change Action Plan

Vietnam's Lam Dong provincial government has made a significant commitment for action on climate change by launching the Lam Dong Provincial Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) Action Plan (PRAP).  The PRAP is one of the first of its kind in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, and is the result of a three-year collaborative process…

USAID’s PFAN-Asia Supports Renewable Energy Investment Forum in Thailand

USAID’s Private Financing Advisory Network-Asia (USAID PFAN-Asia) had an exhibit at the Investment Policies and Techniques for Renewable Energy Projects 2015 conference March 23 in Bangkok. The conference attracted nearly 1,000 participants, including senior-level industry executives, engineers, investors and government officials.The event was co-organized by the Green Network Forum by the Technology Media Co. Ltd…

New Report Compares Payments for Environmental Services in Greater Mekong Region

With support from USAID, the Center for International Forestry Research recently published the “Regional Synthesis of Payments for Environmental Services (PES) in the Greater Mekong Region.” The report combined studies on PES schemes in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam to compare the various schemes and assess their current statuses, implementation processes and lessons learned.The paper…