Like all of us, persons with disabilities are entitled to the universal human rights to knowledge, education, employment, as well as political, social, and economic participation in society – with dignity and without discrimination.
Two thirds of Cambodia’s total population are under the age of 30 (UNFPA 2016). The unemployment rate of the working population (age 15-64) is very low, at 0.2 percent for women and 0.3 percent for men, according to ILO report, 2019. However, these low unemployment rates do not illustrate an accurate picture of quality of employment, as over 85 percent of the working population is engaged in low-skilled and labour-intensive work and over 51 percent of jobs in Cambodia are vulnerable jobs without regular salaries.
I would like to congratulate the Forestry Administration for the successful launch of the digital platform for promoting sustainable charcoal production. I would also like to thank our partners GERES, RECOFTC and Okoone who played pivotal roles in designing and testing this platform to become operational.
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.
The Lower Mekong Early Warning Systems Conference, held from the 3-4 December 2019 at the Phnom Penh Hotel, has played an important role in the future of the Lower Mekong system.

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16 M

Population (2017)

13.5 %

Poverty rate (2014)

1230 (USD)

GDP per capita (2017)

143 / 188

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