Enhancing the economic and social impact of special economic zones

UNDP and the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc signed a Memorandum of Understanding. It serves as the very first agreement under the new United Nations Social Impact Fund on the establishment of partnerships between UNDP and social impact investors in the country to ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030…

Will dreams come true?

Family remains the main safety net, in both economic and spiritual terms, for young people, but it is up to the government and other stakeholders to ensure inequalities and risks in all forms are mitigated to allow young people to grow, to keep learning skills, to explore opportunities and, most important of all, to earn respect and dignity from their work. After all, Cambodia’s and its youth’s dreams are symbiotic: to become better off before growing old...

Remittances: Does 16 June ring a bell?

In a country such as Cambodia, it is a day that provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on the impact of migrant labour, and how this very 21st century phenomenon is transforming the lives of so many people...

Who will finance development in Cambodia?

The Government is well positioned to lead and finance the next stage of national development. Managing partnerships with the private sector will be of increased importance while Cambodia’s development partners and NGOs will need to adapt to new roles in support of the SDGs...

Environment Code will constitute an important legal milestone for Cambodia's sustainable development

The United Nations of Development Programme has been a committed partner with the Ministry of Environment and the National Council for Sustainable Development, in supporting their national effort for implementing key environmental governance reforms including the Environment Code. Once fully achieved, the Environment Code will constitute an important milestone in building the legal framework, policies and programs supportive of sustainable development throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia...

Message from the Country Director

Our future financing, like in India, China, Malaysia and elsewhere, will gradually move to domestic financing, and away from aid, so it’s even more important that we ensure we can provide the policy support that the Government demands...

Connect with nature and free your mind

If we spend some time connecting with nature and with communities who depend on those natural resources, we can free our minds, and come back with a deeper appreciation of our fragile natural world. Cambodia is full of natural wonders: celebrate this World Environment Day and make that connection...

Financing Cambodia's Gender Equality Goals

It requires an innovative and well-coordinated effort between MoWA, other state institutions, development partners, private sector, and civil society organizations to align their programs to national priorities, to mobilize and pull together both financial resources and technical expertise, and to make systematic gender mainstreaming in their other development projects with sufficient funds allocated.

10 SDG Solutions for Asia-Pacific

Entitled “10 Solutions to Help Meet the SDGs,” the report describes large-scale projects in ten countries in the region – Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste – that have demonstrably accelerated progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...

UNDP Awarded the Royal Oder of Sahametrei

UNDP was awarded the Royal Order of Sahametrei, Tepidin Class (Commander of the Order) from the Royal Government of Cambodia for its major effort to the country’s environmental conservation and protection. The Order was founded by the late King Norodom Sihanouk in 1948. It is the highest ranking medal conferred to foreigners for their distinguished service to Cambodia...

“Biodiversity and sustainable tourism” is indeed a timely topic in the context of Cambodia

The United Nations of Development Programme has been a committed partner for the Royal Government of Cambodia, in supporting its national effort for preserving biodiversity and critical ecosystems. We have supported development of a management of Kulen Mountain, and implementation of the Environmental Governance Reform Project and the 3 Rio Conventions project...

Escaping the 'Middle Income Trap' by Investing in Human Capital

As Cambodia crosses the threshold into the middle income country category, government intervention in education is highly justified and desirable to avoid the so called ‘Middle Income Trap’ also called ‘low skills trap’ by correcting the labour market imperfections and proving equal life chances for all citizens in education and skills building.

Country Programme Document (CPD) for Cambodia 2016 - 2018

To expand the scope for public action, UNDP will focus assistance on public institutions for poverty reduction and resilience and on strengthening voice and participation. The focus will be on upgrading value chains, financing development sustainably, building resilience and fostering participation. An important tool will be fostering partnerships in the context of transition.

Water: Fewer Drops for Increasing Different Demands

But the term ‘gold’ should also be used for another important resource in Cambodia — water. Water is central to agricultural production including paddy rice, through the expansion of irrigation...