A report launched today by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) examines the effectiveness and costs of providing social protection for all poor households in Cambodia
Over 2,000 Edjai work in Phnom Penh and thousands more pick through waste across Cambodia, contributing to the collection and recycling of nearly 8% of total municipal solid waste, estimated at over 300,000 tons per year
This year, our humanity has faced two key crises: the COVID-19 pandemic and forest fires that have raged across the world. There is strong evidence that COVID-19 originated in bats that spread to humans through intermediaries. As for forest fires, rising global temperatures intensified damages across the world. If we pause for a moment, we would notice that the root causes of both events relate to how we interact with our environment. These incidents have made it evident that current modes of development premised on the destruction of our natural resources and biodiversity are neither sustainable nor safe.
While there has not yet been a substantial outbreak of COVID-19 in Cambodia, the impact of the global pandemic on Cambodia’s economy has been drastic.
Disasters driven by the climate crisis are increasingly impacting lives and livelihoods and are predicted to reduce Cambodia’s GDP by 9.8% by 2050 even under an optimistic scenario. In response to these challenges, the Royal Government of Cambodia is building a comprehensive digital solution for climate change adaptation. This is based on real-time online data that can be used to detect adverse trends and to prepare for extreme weather events. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM), and with support from the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this digital system has been established and extended across all provinces in Cambodia.
As the industrial revolution continues to shape the global economy and workforce, Cambodia is facing uncertainty over how to prepare youth for a new future of work and the country's readiness for adaptation and adoption of Industry 4.0
Between 2019 and 2040, global primary energy consumption is expected to rise by 25 percent until 2040. Global electricity demand will grow at 2.1 percent per year, twice the rate of primary energy demand. Electricity demand growth will be particularly strong in developing economies like Cambodia. According to the International Energy Agency, a sharp pick-up in efficiency improvements is the most critical element that can bring the world towards the Sustainable Development Scenario. The building sector is the most significant final energy consumer in Cambodia, with an estimated share of about 52 percent equivalent to 3.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe). Residential and commercial buildings consume almost 80 percent of the total final electricity. According to a national forecast, buildings’ energy consumption will more than double until 2040.

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16 M

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12.9 %

Poverty rate (2018)

1,643 (USD)

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