AKP Phnom Penh, January 15, 2020 —
Cambodian Senator H.E. Muth Khieu has highlighted the key role of parliaments in promoting regional cooperation in addressing regional issues.
“Parliaments play a crucial role in promoting regional cooperation and joint actions on emerging regional issues such as climate change. Similar to other countries, Cambodia is highly vulnerable to climate-related flooding, drought and irregular weather patterns that result in increasing vector-borne diseases and shortages of water in the agricultural sector,” said H.E. Muth Khieu at this morning’s session on regional cooperation at the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Canberra, Australia.
“It is urgent for parliaments to play a more proactive role in addressing climate change by allocating more financial resources for adaptation and mitigation policies. Building a climate change-resilient society is our goal which requires long-term commitments and efforts,” he added.
In recent years, he continued, Cambodia has introduced public-awareness campaigns and education programmes to provide knowledge and skills for adapting to climate change for sustainable development and coping with extreme weather events and threats to rural livelihoods, especially rural-urban migrations.
According to H.E. Muth Khieu, regional integration is one of the key foreign policy objectives of Cambodia. The Parliament of Cambodia continues to promote an open and inclusive regionalism which is a common value in Asia-Pacific countries for economic development, peace, security and cultural identity.
In October this year, Cambodia will host the 11th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting with the aim of further enhancing parliamentary cooperation for peace and shared prosperity through proactive parliaments that promote the multilateral trading system and address the energy-water-food security nexus under a changing climate. “In this regard, Cambodia would like to invite the parliaments concerned to take part in this upcoming event,” he said.
“The bottom line is that active participation by all of us — governments, business, investors, regions and more — is needed if we are to overcome the climate emergency we currently face. Governments and non-governmental organisations — both the public and private sectors — need to urgently step up the pace of action if the world is to achieve the Paris targets and avoid the worst effects of climate change. Parliaments need to make sure that governments and the private sector enforce global climate change agreements,” he concluded.
By C. Nika