Water Resources University

Water Security Centre

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Framework of Priorities for International Cooperation
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WSC will take an active part in the promotion of regional cooperation on water security of APWF

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Partnership with APCWS is expected to involve in the preparation of AWDOs, strengthening regional network on water security and promotion of research and education on water security.

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WSC is expected to support initiatives of ASEAN on water security in South-East Asia.

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WSC will seek opportunities to support the United Nations, especially those regional entities on water security.

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WSC will seek opportunities to participate in World Water Forum, especially the Seventh World Water Forum.


Opportunities for Regional Cooperation on Water Security
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From 2008 to 2011, ADB and partners within the framework of Asia-Pacific Water Forum adopted a new approach and new methodologies to prepare the Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO).  It should be noted that AWDO was intended to be a working document for the Asia-Pacific Water Summit, when Heads of States and Heads of Governments of Asia-Pacific countries meet and exchange views on water and development.

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The new approach for preparation of AWDO involve all key partners of ADB in APWF in order to ensure active participation of these key partners in the process and to promote ownership in regional policy making of the Summit.  This was in contrast to the approach of the First AWDO in 2007, which was prepared by mainly ADB Consultants.  In addition to the new approach, the new methodologies, adopted for AWDO-2013, involve the development of a “composite water security index” aiming at facilitating regional policy and decision making so as to prioritize regional actions in the water sector. The second AWDO, using the new approach and new methodologies, has now been completed and is scheduled to be launched in Manila in March 2013 at the ADB Water Week.

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In this process, ADB urged all partners and interested countries and partners to build up a network of knowledge hubs to capture the experiences and achievements in water security so as to further strengthen national and regional efforts in promoting water security in the region.  In response to this request of ADB, China volunteered to take the lead in the establishment of a network of knowledge hubs on water security by investing US$500,000 annually to support the setting up and operations of an Asia-Pacific Centre for Water Security (APCWS). APCWS was launched in September 2011.

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Responding to this encouragement of ADB, WRU has decided to take a firm step for more effective collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Centre for Water Security (APCWS) at the Tsinghua and Peking Universities of China.  On 1 February 2013, WRU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with APCWS in Hanoi to formalize its partnership with the Tsinghua University and Peking University through APCWS.