To commemorate United Nations Day yesterday, a UN representative encouraged youths to develop strategies aimed at building a better future for themselves and the country.
Pauline Tamesis, UN Resident Representative to Cambodia, said the UN is aiming to ensure that youths in Cambodia have a strong voice in promoting a peaceful and sustainable world.
“We want youths to show their ideas on what they can do for their country in the sectors of education, health, water and hunger reduction,” she said at an event to mark United Nations Day in Phnom Penh.
Ms Tamesis also urged youths in rural communities to access online learning programmes in order to build their capacity.
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron yesterday acknowledged the UN as an organisation that ensures peace and helps Cambodia by supporting its citizens.
“The youth is the hope of Cambodia. For them to be ready for the job market, they must have skills and they must go on to develop the country,” Mr Chuon Naron said.
The UN noted that today, 60 percent of Cambodians are under the age of 30. It said that young people make up about one-third of the country’s roughly eight million registered voters.
This demographic, if harnessed, will be a driving force for social and economic development, it said.
Srey Deth, a Phnom Penh university student, yesterday said she hopes to volunteer after graduating from her university.
“I joined UN day. I have many ideas,” Ms Deth said