Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, President of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has laid stress on the significance of international cooperation and solidarity in effectively tackling global environmental challenges.
In his speech via video recording at the opening ceremony the International Inter-Party Conference organised in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia on Oct. 6 under the theme “Ecological Policy and Sustainable Development”, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said as a matter of fact, environmental issues have no boundary, so, for the sake of our people, only international cooperation and solidarity can effectively address global environmental challenges and save our planet from disasters.
“I believe that all of us can do it. Many good examples of solidarity and cooperation, such as the implementation of the Montreal Protocol which has phased out and gradually eliminated ozone-depleting substances, have given me a strong hope that we can truly overcome all of these challenges together,” he stressed.
For Cambodia, he continued, she has been consistently promoting its contributions in addressing global environmental challenges, including climate change, in line with the principle of “Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR-RC)”.
Despite being a small country with low greenhouse gas emissions, Cambodia remains committed to participate in tackling global climate change, by increasing her national budget threefold for activities related to climate change mitigation, and setting a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 42 percent by 2030, Samdech Techo Hun Sen added.
At the same time, he pointed out, Cambodia has adopted the Long-term Strategy for Carbon Neutrality (LTS4CN) to promote a climate-resilient green economy with low carbon emissions. Cambodia has also identified green development and climate change mitigation as important components for building Cambodia’s economic resilience in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and set—in the Law on Investment of the Kingdom of Cambodia, which is a new Investment Law—incentives for investments in green energy, circular economy and environmental protection.
“As a step forward, I understand that we must continue to strengthen international cooperation and solidarity, both bilaterally and multilaterally, by putting aside differences in leadership, political systems, culture and religions,” he said. “Financial support and technology transfer from developed countries to developing countries are essential for contributing to addressing global environmental issues in a more active and highly effective manner. At the same time, we should also focus on building and integrating human resources, through the sharing of knowledge on addressing environmental issues and study tour programmes, to respond to the urgency of global environmental issues.”
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press