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Cambodia launched a new national gender equality strategy on Wednesday, making promotion of women’s economic empowerment its number-one priority. The aim is to help women be able to unleash their full potential and become more self-reliant about their well-being and future.
PHNOM PENH, 14 November 2014 – Sweden granted 28,000,000 Swedish Krona (approx. US$3.8 million) on Friday to support an initiative implemented by the United Nations Development Programme to help Cambodia improve its capacity to respond to climate change impacts on its development.
Bangkok – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) kicked off today a two-day interactive conference on innovative thinking. Its objective is to explore how innovation can help address development challenges in Asia and the Pacific, such as poverty, corruption, gender inequality, and environmental degradation.
New York —The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the most transparent aid organization, according to a leading global ranking released today. The 2014 Aid Transparency Index recognized UNDP for its “commendable performance” in publishing information beyond international standards this year, placing it first overall out of 68 major agencies evaluated worldwide.
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.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth. No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality. As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and as discussion on the next global development agenda intensifies, there is strong momentum for achieving development with equity, including by eradicating gender inequality and empowering women and girls.
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.