Opening Statement at the 19th GMS Ministerial Conference
Opening statement by ADB Vice-President Stephen P. Groff at the 19th GMS Ministerial Conference on 11 December 2013 held at Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen:
It is with great pleasure that I join you at this 19th Ministerial Conference of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program. Please allow me to first thank our hosts, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to me and all participants, as well as for the excellent arrangements for our meeting. I would like to especially thank His Excellency Mr. Noulinh Sinbandhit, Lao PDR's GMS Minister, for welcoming us so graciously, and for chairing our meeting. It is my honor and pleasure to co-chair this meeting with him today.
The Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment
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Animation video on Payment for water ecosystem services
This animation produced by the James Hutton Institute explains why Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes are attracting increasing interest as policy mechanisms to improve conservation and achieve sustainable development outcomes. PES initiatives aim to reach mutually beneficial agreements between providers and users of ecosystem services, entailing a reward mechanism for ecosystem managers for maintaining or improving the provision of the services valued by beneficiaries.
The 4th Joint Committee Meeting for the GMS Cross-Border Transport Agreement
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The 3rd ASEAN Chief Justices Roundtable on the Environment
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Energy Outlook for Asia and the Pacific
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WGE 8th Semi-Annual Meeting and CEP Technical Working Session
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Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Human Resource Development in the Greater Mekong Subregion (2013–2017)
This ADB document outlines the Greater Mekong Subregion human resource development strategy.
ADB Environment Operational Directions 2013-2020
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