Asia
Project

Mekong-US Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue

Building Inclusive and Resilient Collaborations in the Mekong Region
A series of six track 1.5 conferences focusing on strengthening the Mekong-U.S. Partnership (2021-2023)
Project Info

The Partnership Policy Dialogues are a series of six multi-day conferences that will take place from 2021 – 2023 to explore solutions to key policy and sustainability challenges facing the Lower Mekong. The conferences will explore the following themes including: Connectivity, energy and infrastructure, non-traditional security, transboundary water governance, and nature-based solutions. Tying the conference experiences together are cross-cutting values of inclusivity, resilience (including climate), and collaboration. The Partnership Policy Dialogues are generously supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Stimson Center and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Join us on Wednesday, September 15 for a discussion with representatives from the United States, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam on opportunities for collaboration under the Mekong –U.S. Partnership.

In 2020, the Lower Mekong Initiative was upgraded and expanded to the Mekong–U.S. Partnership (MUSP). A flagship initiative of the Partnership is the MUSP Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue series, which includes six virtual and in-person dialogues between 2021 and 2023 focusing on key policy and sustainability challenges facing Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. This discussion will launch the summary report from the first Policy Dialogue and explore opportunities for concrete collaboration on issues including energy and infrastructure, non-traditional security, human resources, water governance, connectivity, and nature-based solutions.

On behalf of the Mekong-U.S. Partnership, we are excited to host the first Mekong – U.S. Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue to explore solutions to key policy and sustainability challenges facing the Lower Mekong. The conference will be opened with a keynote address from Ambassador Atul Keshap, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. Although the rest of the conference is private, the opening plenary is open to the public and we hope you will watch this exciting event along with us.

Have a question for the panelists? Please email your questions to [email protected] before or during the open plenary.

Project Objectives

Demonstrate the importance of US-Mekong engagement on critical issues and provide space to discuss and promote the work of regional initiatives.

Provide an interactive and publicly accessible approach for policy dialogue that demonstrates values such as respect for sovereignty and international law, transparency, and sustainable development.

Support and enhance multi-track dialogue among the current and next generation of government officials, policy specialists, subject-matter experts, civil society stakeholders, with special emphasis on youth, women, and indigenous cohorts by providing opportunities for building institutional partnerships, data-sharing, and the co-design of innovative policy solutions to key transboundary priorities and challenges.

Build capacity for the dissemination and incorporation of data-driven and transparent tools and resources and best practices in solving key transboundary priorities and challenges.

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