To provide greater strategic direction to the monitoring and assessment effort, I am very pleased to present the recently updated and approved Mekong River Basin Indicator Framework, formerly known as the MRC Indicator Framework.. The Framework is a flagship product of the MRC. It aims to provide a consistent and streamlined approach to data collection, analysis and reporting by all relevant actors, to help alert Member Countries and stakeholders to the key issues and trends and identify areas for further investigation and cooperation across five core dimensions (environment, social, economic, climate change and cooperation). The 15 Strategic Indicators across the five dimensions are already incorporated into the current Basin Development Strategy and MRC Strategic Plan. These strategic indicators will now be buttressed by 53 Assessment Indicators and associated Monitoring Parameters reflecting the priority areas of cooperative regional action among Member Countries. The updated Framework is intended for use by all actors working on water resources management and development across the whole Mekong Basin. It will be fully integrated into the MRC’s next planning cycle including through the development and implementation of the Basin Development Strategy and MRC Strategic Plan, and in the updating of the MRC’s Information Systems. Other actors are encouraged to align their own planning, monitoring, and reporting with the Mekong River Basin Indicator Framework in order to facilitate cooperation and leverage synergies between different organisations.