A complete account of inequality requires that we go beyond differences in income and look at variations in human wellbeing, both today and between generations.
Cambodia’s rapid growth in the past decade has been stunning. Towering buildings, gleaming store windows and busy markets across Phnom Penh obscure signs that some 20 years ago, the country had just emerged from a long and bloody civil war.
While the speed, dynamics and complexity of today’s development challenges are fundamentally different from previous eras in history, we have only 10 years to accelerate sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. These range from poverty and gender to climate change and inequality. To date, the development system has not been able to address these challenges effectively.
Between 1987 and 2017, there were six major drought events recorded in Cambodia.
If you live in or close to a city, chances are you don’t venture much into a forest. This is the case for most people in the world today.
It is a great honour for me to be here today to join with you to celebrate the 21st National Day of Persons with Disabilities and the 37th International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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16 M

Population (2017)

13.5 %

Poverty rate (2014)

1230 (USD)

GDP per capita (2017)

143 / 188

Human Dev. Index (2016)

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