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Phnom Penh – Despite significant progress in lifting Cambodians out of poverty and in access to HIV treatment allowing People Living with HIV (PLHIV) to increasingly lead a healthy and productive life, PLHIV and other key affected population still face disproportionate social and economic hardships and can easily fall below the poverty line.
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.
In July, UNDP launched the 2014 Human Development Report (HDR) globally from Tokyo, focusing on reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience. Cambodia’s Human Development Index (HDI) value for 2013 is 0.584 – which is in the medium human development category – ranking it at 136 out of 187 countries and territories.
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.
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.
Phnom Penh – Cambodia launched on Tuesday its first-ever climate strategic blueprint aimed at building the country’s resilience to deal with climate-induced natural disasters and promoting low-carbon development in the future. Prime Minister Hun Sen formally unveiled Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan (CCCSP 2014-2023) in the opening ceremony of the 3rd National Forum on Climate Change.
Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s first disaster management database is now up and running in time as authorities and development partners are working together to assist the government to respond to the aftermath of the recent flood. The National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) on Wednesday activated the system called Disaster Loss Database (CamDi), which stores information on a range of disaster events: flood, fire, storm, drought, lightening, pest outbreak, riverbank collapse, and epidemic.
Phnom Penh – Families affected by HIV still remain worse off economically in Cambodia, said a new report, which called for a comprehensive action by the government and development partners alike to prevent this vulnerable group of population from falling deeper into poverty.
Phnom Penh – The need to improve education quality and develop a skilled work force is the focus of the Cambodia Human Development Report (CHDR) which is planned for release in mid-2014. The report will be titled as “Investing in Human Development on the Road to Inclusive Growth.” Work on it is now underway following a consultation meeting that UNDP held with representatives of the government ministries and development partners on 8 August 2013.
Representatives of the Royal Government of Cambodia and UNDP have met recently to discuss a human capital study titled “Higher Education and Skills Framework for Industrial Transition.” The purpose was to collect feedback from the government counterparts and technical experts on the preliminary findings and key ideas of the study.
UNDP has provided support for Cambodia’s National Committee for Disaster Management to organize training on the management of data on disaster loss and damage caused by natural disaster. Thirty-five people from various government institutions, UN agencies, development partners and non-governmental organizations took part in the workshop on 4-6 June.