Country Director's remarks at the signing of Swiss fund for mine action

26 Nov 2013

Remarks on the Signing Ceremony with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for the Clearing for Results Phase II Project

by Ms. Setsuko Yamazaki, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme Cambodia

on 26 November 2013

at the Cambodia Mine Action and Victim Assistance (CMAA), Phnom Penh

H.E. Prak Sokhonn,  Minister of Posts and Telecommunications and Vice President of CMAA;

H.E. Chum Bun Rong, Secretary General, CMAA;

Ms. Rahel Boesch, Director of Cooperation, Swiss Agency for Development Co-operation (SDC);

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honored to be here today for the signing of this agreement with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The agreement contributes three million dollars to the Clearing for Results Phase Two Project in support of mine action in Cambodia, and subsequently the improvement of lives and economic prospects for communities across the country.

The Clearing for  Results Project Phase Two (2011-2015) is a multi-donor initiative implemented by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) with technical and financial support from UNDP and other donors. It builds on the successful implementation of the first phase of the project (CFR I, 2006-2010), during which considerable gains were achieved in building the CMAA’s capacities in the areas of quality assurance, strategic and policy formulation, as well as the socio-economic management of mine clearance. I would like to congratulate the Authority and donors on these significant achievements.

Building on these successes and the lessons learned from phase one, the Clearing for Results Project Phase Two intends to continue improving the Authority’s effectiveness in leading the implementation of the National Mine Action Strategy (NMAS), particularly the management, co-ordination, regulatory functions and monitoring of the sector. These core functions of the Authority support clearance activities in priority areas, and the enactment of policy frameworks that allow for the release of cleared land to communities so it can be used for rural development, thus improving the communities’ access to economic opportunities and growth.

This project aligns with the Swiss Confederation Mine Action Strategy 2012-2015 which defines Switzerland’s framework for political and operational support to addressing anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions and other Explosive Remnants of War, as well as the Mekong Regional Strategy 2013-2017 which focuses on agriculture and food security. The project also creates an important synergy with the SDC’s support to Sub-national Democratic Development Reform (SNDD).

With this contribution from the SDC, the project is expected to fast track the achievement of the mine clearance objectives so as to release more land for productive use by communities.

I would like to thank the Swiss Government and its people for their generous contribution to the Clearing For Results project in support of mine action in Cambodia. The project willhelp Cambodia become a country where women, men and children can live free from the fear of mines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). Taking this opportunity, I would also like to thank all the past and present donors to the programme.

Thank you

Aukhun Chran

Vielen Dank