ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 20 (Xinhua) -- China, Japan and South Korea signed here Friday a joint statement to underline exchange mechanisms and promote trilateral cooperation on water challenges.
China's Minister of Water Resources Chen Lei, Japan's Senior Vice Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Yasushi Kaneko and South Korea's Vice Minister of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs Kwon Do Youp signed the statement in the fifth day of the 5th World Water Forum, largest water-related event in the world.
According to the statement, the three sides shared the view that it's crucial to speed up the tripartite cooperation in an effort to strengthen mutual parternership.
They recognized that a platform is needed for the three countries to share information simultaneously and discuss coordinated actions since this risks are both regional and global.
The statement said due to climate change, rapid urbanization and financial crisis, the three countries are facing exacerbating water crisis, such as flood, drought, typhoon and sea-level rise.
The three countries agreed to strengthen their cooperation and share experiences and technology to combat the challenges in more coordinated manners, vowing to jointly develop counter-measures against the risks like flood and drought by pooling technology together.
The 5th World Water Forum attracts some 25,000 participants from all over the world, including government officials, representatives of nonprofit groups and institutions as well as individuals, with an aim to promote ideas about conserving, managing and supplying water.