Regional Steering Committee for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RSC)

Maintaining frequent contact between countries of the region and carrying out IHP activities at regional level requires appropriate co-ordination mechanisms. In Southeast Asia and the Pacific, regional cooperation is made easier through the IHP Regional Steering Committee (RSC), whose members are representatives from the 17 IHP National Committees mentioned above. Since 1993, annual RSC meetings have been convened in different countries of the region to report, evaluate and review various activities carried out within the framework of IHP, as well as to design new ones; in conjunction with the RSC meetings, annual international conferences and symposia have been held. The Japanese Government has strongly supported these important activities by providing through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science(MEXT), a Funds-in-Trust contribution on a regular basis.

In co-operation with UNESCO Jakarta and the participating member states, the RSC has co-ordinated a wide range of initiatives over ten years so far, including research studies, technical projects, workshops, training courses and annual symposia, bringing together many specialists involved in water related activities. The most notable regional initiatives made possible by the co-operative efforts of the RSC are: the AP-FRIEND (Asian Pacific Flow Regimes from International and Experimental Network Data) project, the Asian Pacific Water Archive and the Catalogue of Rivers.


Past RSC Meetings


  1. The Philippines (1993)
  2. Cambodia (1994)
  3. Japan (1995)
  4. Indonesia (1996)
  5. Thailand (1997)
  6. Republic of Korea (1998)
  7. China (1999)
  8. New Zealand (2000)
  9. Viet Nam (2001)
  10. Malaysia (2002)
  11. Fiji (2003)
  12. Australia (2004)
  13. Indonesia (2005) – Download the Final Report
  14. Thailand (2006) – Download the Final Report
  15. The Philippines (2007) – Download the Final Report
  16. Mongolia (2008) – Download the Final Report 
  17. China (2009) – Download the Final Report
  18. Vietnam (2010) – Download the Final Report
  19. Japan (2011) – Download the Final Report
  20. Malaysia (2012) Download the Final Report
  21. Republic of Korea (2013) Download the Final Report
  22. Indonesia (2014) Download the Final Report


Next meeting of the RSC

The 23rd Regional Steering Committee Meeting for Southeast Asia and the Pacific – UNESCO IHP, will be held in Myanmar.