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Poverty has been substantially reduced in Cambodia but the country must continue working to strengthen social protection scheme to prevent the trend from being reversed, government officials and development partners said during a recent event to disseminate the Human Development Report 2014.
Cambodia has begun making an important step towards integrating climate change into its sub-national planning and budgeting process – a key development wherein climate change had not been previously incorporated in government’s sub-national planning policy. This move comes at a decisive time when half of Cambodia’s communes are categorized between being vulnerable to extremely vulnerable to climate viability, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).
A joint UN programme aimed at ensuring equal rights and opportunities for people with disability was launched in Cambodia on Friday, 4 July. Funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Disability Rights Initiative Cambodia (DRIC) will be implemented jointly by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO).
Cambodia’s climate change strategic plan (CCCSP) is gradually making inroad in the provinces for subnational authorities to integrate into their development planning to improve its readiness in addressing climate change threats.
PHNOM PENH, 1 May 2014 – As it inches closer to lower middle-income country status, Cambodia should make sure its future growth is both inclusive and sustainable, and that it contributes to reduce, rather than increase, inequality, said Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.
Phnom Penh – Just a few years ago many young people in Cambodia were found to have little awareness about participation in civic life to address issues concerning them and their community. That has begun to change now. Many of young people have demonstrated greater interest to contribute to civic life after being exposed to the Loy9 programme, the multi-media initiative on youth civic education.
Phnom Penh – A project aimed at reducing carbon emission in the forestry sector in Cambodia now enters its implementation phase following an inception workshop on Friday, 14 March. The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Readiness Project, known as the FCPF project, is designed to assist the country to be ready to tackle deforestation and forest degradation.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth. No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality. As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and as discussion on the next global development agenda intensifies, there is strong momentum for achieving development with equity, including by eradicating gender inequality and empowering women and girls.
Phnom Penh – Cambodia has released a new trade strategy which puts focus on the need to improve skills of the workforce to boost the country’s export competitiveness and job creation in the future. Tackling skills gap is an urgent priority especially when the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community in 2015 is nearing. The regional economic integration, coupled with up to 400,000 Cambodian youths expected to enter job market each year, will present not just opportunities but also challenges to the country, government and UN officials said during the launch of Cambodia Trade Integrated Strategy (CTIS) 2014-2018.
Phnom Penh – Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has given US$ 3 million for mine clearance in Cambodia. The fund will be used to support various activities under the Clearing for Results Phase II (CfR) project, which is implemented by Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAA) and managed by UNDP, until the end of 2015.
Phnom Penh – Canadian has given US$2.2 million to support a UNDP-managed climate change adaptation project for the next two years. With the latest fund, the project – Promoting Climate Resilient Water Management and Agricultural Practices in Rural Cambodia – is now starting the second phase. Its targets are farmers and local authorities in 32 communes in Kracheh and Preah Vihear provinces.
SIEM REAP – As Cambodia prepares to transition out of Low Income Country status, fully integrate into ASEAN and set new development goals in 2015, harmonizing national development resources and activities is more important than ever. The Royal Government of Cambodia acknowledges this and as such is in the process of finalizing a new Development Cooperation and Partnerships Strategy for 2014-2018.
Phnom Penh – Government officials on Thursday called for greater programme and funding coordination in order to improve effectiveness in tackling climate change in Cambodia. “In a situation where resources are scarce and demand is high, strong coordination is fundamental for effective climate change responses among Government, development partners, civil society, academia and the private sector,” H.E. Sabo Ojano, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Environment, said.