Kingdom eyes an international cooperative for a socio-economic revitalization process

At the 78th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, Cambodia has declared its willingness to join relevant development partners to restore the socio-economic situation and promote prosperity.

Prime Minister Ly Thuch said progress on implementing the common agenda to promote sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific by 2030 has been interrupted by various issues.

These include Covid-19, geopolitical competition and the catastrophic effects of climate change, which have called for closer international cooperation, more effective connectivity and a more open and inclusive global economy.

The journey for the joint agenda in Cambodia began in 2015 when the country adopted the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and later adoption of the Cambodia SDGs (CSDGs) Framework 2016-2030.

Cambodia’s SDG 18 was titled “End the adverse effects of mines/explosive remnants of war (ERW) and promote victim assistance,” said Thuch, who is also the first vice president of Cambodia’s Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA). .

“Unfortunately, my country, Cambodia, is one of the most contaminated by landmines and ERW at over 2,000 square kilometers [mine-covered] to clear land.

“And it’s among the top 3 countries in the world — Afghanistan and Iraq — with the most people with disabilities,” Tuch said in a statement.

Addressing these challenges requires shared, prudent decision-making within the framework of multilateralism, respecting international law and the sovereignty of each individual nation, regardless of size or wealth.

“As Chair of ASEAN, we intend to continue to build the ASEAN community and preserve ASEAN as a region of vital importance to global trade, investment and supply chains.

“We will continue to push for a more vibrant and harmonious ASEAN community with better protections for migrant workers, a greener and more inclusive development agenda, and advanced digital transformation for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises [MSMEs]Women and youth entrepreneurship,” Thalch said.

Thuch, Chair of the National Committee for ESCAP, led a government delegation from Cambodia to attend the conference, which took place May 23-27.

The annual meeting offers delegates the opportunity to discuss and shape the future of regional cooperation, which focuses on a new form of multilateralism and regional cooperation.

The theme of the session outlines ways to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable post-pandemic recovery.

It identifies elements for a shared agenda for current and future generations, focused on protecting people and the planet, embracing digital opportunities, trading and investing together, raising financial resources, and managing debt.

The theme also highlights the need to listen and work with young people, to put women at the center of crisis-ready policies and new people-centric partnerships, with a willingness to serve ESCAP.

At his bilateral meeting on May 24 with Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, UN Under-Secretary-General and Chair of UN-ESCAP, Thuch called on UN-ESCAP to offer young Cambodian officials opportunities for training in the secretariat and to support technical assistance in the demining sector in Cambodia.

Accordingly, UN ESCAP will continue to enhance its cooperation with Cambodia in key areas including trade, finance, economics and sustainable finance, digital environment and climate change, and MSMEs.

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