The Japanese government is providing $2 million to Cambodia through Unicef to implement a three-year project to end all forms of violence against children, with the expectation that more than one million vulnerable Cambodian children will receive better protection.
The announcement on the funding was made yesterday during an exchange of notes ceremony between Japanese Official Development Grant Aid and Unicef at the Social Affairs Ministry.
The signing ceremony between Japanese Ambassador Horinouchi Hidehisa and UNICEF representative Natascha Paddison was witnessed by Social Affairs Minister Vong Soth and other officials.
Mr Hidehisa yesterday said that the necessity for child protection is included in the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
He noted that the Cambodian government, with the assistance of Unicef has launched the Action Plan to prevent and respond to violence against children 2017-2021.
Mr Hidehisa said that the Japanese government will provide $2 million through Unicef to support relevant ministries to implement various child protection activities under the Action Plan.
“I believe that this grant can be helpful for the healthy development of the minds of many children, and these children will contribute to the future of Cambodia,” he said.
Ms Paddison yesterday said that the Japanese aid will further strengthen the capacity of the Cambodian government to have a functional and well-coordinated child protection system which can prevent and respond to violence against children more effectively.
“As a result, more than one million vulnerable children will be increasingly protected from violence through improved institutional and legislative frameworks, quality child protection services and a supportive community environment,” she said.
Mr Soth said that the government has made efforts to address the violence, but there are still some challenges in Cambodia such as strengthening the mechanism of the child protection system, capacity building, human resource and finance for implementing the Action Plan.
“The Japanese government’s official development grant for this project will contribute to further strengthening the capacity to accelerate the implementation of the action plan to prevent and respond to violence against children as well as the global movement to end violence against children,” he said.