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New SDGs to be discussed by cabinet

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Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn meets Haoliang Xu yesterday. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday said that the first order of business for the new government is to approve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals in Cambodia.

Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn and United Nations assistant secretary-general Haoliang Xu met yesterday to discuss the implementation of new United Nations Development Programme goals over the next 12 years.

After the meeting, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ket Sophann said that Mr Sokhonn will discuss the implementation with the government next month during the first Council of Ministers meeting.

“When Cambodia’s SDGs are approved, we will implement them as part of our national strategy development plan,” Mr Sophann said. “We hope that they will be approved during the first cabinet meeting.”

He noted that the first meeting will take place on the morning of September 7.

He said that during the meeting, Mr Haoliang said that the UN is ready to move forward in its partnership with the government.

In 2015, world leaders, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, adopted the 2030 SDGs in order to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity.

However, Mr Hun Sen said at the time during a UN summit in New York that the government would prioritise demining the country.

In May, UNDP country representative Pauline Tamesis told Mr Hun Sen that the UN has recognised landmines and unexploded ordnances clearance as an SDG for Cambodia.

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