The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has vowed continued cooperation with Cambodia to reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Its commitment was made yesterday during a meeting between Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, UN-ESCAP executive secretary, and Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace.
Mr Hun Sen later posted on his Facebook page that Ms Armida Salsiah said the commission recognizes the progress and development made in the Kingdom.
“Ms Armida Salsiah tells Samdech Techo that UN-ESCAP is pleased to continue cooperating with Cambodia within both the bilateral and Asean frameworks to jointly achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals,” the Facebook post said.
Mr Hun Sen noted that Cambodia is working with the UN not only to boost development and achieve the sustainable development goals but is also actively participating in peacekeeping activities.
“Cambodia is also one of the few countries which has created a national commission to coordinate with UN-ESCAP and the Kingdom also cooperates with all other UN agencies operating in it,” the Facebook post said.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ket Sophann yesterday said that during the meeting Mr Hun Sen also said that he would deliver a keynote address during the 75th Cambodia- UN-ESCAP meeting to be held next month.
Ms Armida Salsiah yesterday also met with Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn at the ministry.
Mr Sophann said that Mr Sokhonn congratulated Ms Armida Salsiah on her appointment both as a UN under-secretary general and UN-ESCAP executive secretary last year.
He said that the minister noted that the appointments were also important for Asean because she comes from member nation Indonesia.
Mr Sophann said Ms Armida Salsiah told Mr Sokhonn that Cambodia and UN-ESCAP had a long established working relationship and noted the success of jointly organized annual events such as the UN-ESCAP-Asean Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development and the Cambodia-. UN-ESCAP meeting.
“Mr Sokhonn also thanked the UN team for continuing to support Cambodia’s development efforts,” he said. “Both leaders said they were committed to continuing this strong cooperation.”
He noted that Mr Sokhonn and Ms Armida Salsiah also discussed how to boost relations between UN-ESCAP and Asean.