PM Hun Sen Underlines Indispensable Solidarity against COVID-19 Crisis

AKP Phnom Penh, September 27, 2020 —

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has laid stress on the indispensable solidarity against the global COVID-19 crisis.

At the virtual General Debate: 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 26, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said never, in human history, has a health crisis had effects and consequences of this magnitude. “Although we have yet to grasp the full impact of the pandemic on the world economies, we can anticipate the gloomy prospect of business bankruptcies and massive layoffs, which have been affecting the lives of millions of people,” he added.

Paradoxically, he continued, the pandemic has reminded us of the indispensable solidarity that unites the people of the world. For the world economy to recover faster, we must work more closely to address this crisis through international institutions based on the principles of transparency and efficiency.

“Now more than ever, we must renounce the inward looking ‘Me First‘ attitude, which is the very negation of the universality of the human values. Cambodia has shown its humanitarian gesture early this year, when the MS Westerdam cruise ship, floating at sea with no port to anchor, was allowed to dock in our port, thus allowing the stranded passengers and the crew safe passage to their respective country,” the Premier said.

Besides the pandemic, he underlined, climate change has been posing another great concern for the world which would have compounding effects on the resources to deliver on the key priorities necessary to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda on time, and this may require us to re-evaluate the feasibility of achieving the goals set in the past.

“Global CO2 emissions have increased by 1.5 percent per year over the past ten years. 75 percent of the Earth’s environment shows significant signs of degradation by plastics, pesticides, nitrates, and heavy metals. As scary as these statistics show, it is mind-boggling to note that not many countries have done enough to meet their respective COP21 commitments,” he explained.

“Cambodia is a small country with limited resources, but we strive to address the challenges related to climate change, under both national and international frameworks. For instance, we have taken efforts to meet the obligations born of the COP21: climate change action is a key component of our national development policy. In fact, we will update our Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow,” affirmed Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

By C. Nika