Cambodia Commended for Promotion of Right to Safe, Clean, Health and Sustainable Environment

AKP Phnom Penh, October 28, 2020 —

On Oct. 27, 2020, during the Interactive Dialogue of the 3rd Committee of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. David R. Boyd, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, commended the UN Member States, including Cambodia for taking action in promoting the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, according to a press release of the Cambodian Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

Mr. David R. Boyd is also of the view that the good practice exemplified by the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) will inspire others in addressing the global environmental crisis.

Mr. David R. Boyd has included the RGC’s example in paragraphs 11 and 92 of the annexation to his thematic report (A/75/161) on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable development, which reflects as follows:

  • In Cambodia, the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment enjoys constitutional protection, which is encouraging to the importance of nature, ecosystems, and biodiversity
  • Pursuant to Cambodia’s Environmental Governance Reform for Sustainable Development programmes, large areas of forests have been designated as protected areas and biodiversity conservation corridors to be managed by the Ministry of Environment. As a result, Cambodia’s protected areas system now covers 39 percent of the country’s surface area.

H.E. KE Sovann, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Cambodia to the UN, in his intervention at the above Interactive Dialogue, underlined the following salient points:

  • The inclusion of Cambodia’s best practices in the report demonstrates Cambodia’s constitutional commitment to environmental protection, biodiversity conservation and the environmental governance reform. He emphasised that the size of the protected areas has now increased to 41 percent of the total land area.
  • Cambodia is a strong supporter of multilateralism, and deeply committed to the implementation of international environmental agreements, including the Paris Climate Agreement in response to climate change, protection of the ecosystems and socio-economic development as well as improving the livelihood of the population.
  • Sustainable management of natural resources is a key component of Cambodia’s current National Strategic Development Plans, Cambodia looks forward to continued cooperation with relevant UN Agencies and development partners to implement solutions that will preserve its natural resources while delivering socio-economic benefits to all Cambodian people, especially to the most vulnerable.

By C. Nika