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  • Impact hub and UNDP announce international finalists of ACCELERATE2030 scaling programme Jul 26, 2017

    Together, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Impact Hub are excited to announce the international finalists of the Accelerate2030 initiative. Accelerate2030 is a cross-border scaling program for positive social and environmental impact launched by Impact Hub Geneva in 2016 with UNDP as the founding partner. The mission of Accelerate2030 is to scale the impact of ventures that contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to help them develop sustainable corporate culture in line with their values...

  • Accelerate2030: Scaling ventures in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals Jul 25, 2017

    Three startups are launched every second in the world according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. That’s 11000 an hour. Some focus on extracting petroleum, others on creating solar panels. Plenty build new apps or tech and want to find their niche in Silicon Valley. But what can be said about the small ventures in developing countries, trying to make a positive impact in their communities or country? Every second 3 startups are created. How many of them aim only to serve the people of their community, to make a difference in protecting the environment? But most importantly, who is helping these positive ventures grow? The leading factors for failure are often lack of experience and incompetence, so who is helping...

  • Enhancing the economic and social impact of special economic zones Jun 29, 2017

    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…

  • Does 16 June ring a bell? Jun 16, 2017

    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...

  • Nick Beresford, Country Director, opening remarks at Workshop for Judges and Lawyers on the Draft Environment and Natural Resources Code Jun 8, 2017

    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...

  • 10 SDG Solutions for Asia-Pacific Jun 5, 2017

    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...

  • Connect with nature and free your mind Jun 5, 2017

    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...

  • Just follow the money: radical shifts in development finance May 22, 2017

    There is good reason to be confident that the government can mobilise the required funds to finance the next stage of the country’s development. By working closely with partners, polices and institutions can be strengthened to ensure that all sources of finance contribute to maintaining Cambodia’s high level of growth and increased well-being.

  • Nick Beresford, Country Director, Opening Remark for International Day for Biological Diversity May 22, 2017

    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...

  • Secretary-General’s remarks at the opening of the Belt and Road Forum [as delivered] May 14, 2017

    While the Belt and Road Initiative and the 2030 Agenda are different in their nature and scope, both have sustainable development as the overarching objective. Both strive to create opportunities, global public goods and win-win cooperation. And both aim to deepen “connectivity” across countries and regions: connectivity in infrastructure, trade, finance, policies and, perhaps most important of all, among peoples...