Hun Sen calls for global action to tackle environmental challenges

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua): Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (pic) on Thursday (Oct 6) called for international cooperation and solidarity to address global environmental challenges for the sake of humanity.

"Environmental issues have no boundary, so, for the sake of our people, only international cooperation and solidarity can effectively address global environmental challenges and save our planet from disasters," Hun Sen said in a speech delivered via video link from Phnom Penh to the opening ceremony of the international inter-party conference organised by United Russia Party.

The conference was being held in the Russian city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk under the theme "Ecological Policy and Sustainable Development."

Hun Sen, who is also president of the ruling Cambodian People's Party, said many good examples of solidarity and cooperation, such as the implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which has phased out and gradually eliminated ozone-depleting substances, have given a strong hope that countries can truly overcome all of these challenges together.

Hun Sen added that financial support and technology transfer from developed countries to developing countries is essential for contributing to addressing global environmental issues in a more active and highly effective manner.

"At the same time, we should also focus on building and integrating human resources, through the sharing of knowledge on addressing environmental issues and study tour programs, to respond to the urgency of global environmental issues," he said.

Hun Sen said Cambodia remains committed to participating in tackling global climate change by increasing its national budget threefold for activities related to climate change mitigation and setting a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 42 per cent by 2030.

Also, the South-East Asian nation has adopted the long-term strategy for carbon neutrality to promote a climate resilient green economy with low carbon emissions, he added.

"In conclusion, Cambodia is ready and we need partners, both public and private, to help us realise these commitments," Hun Sen said.

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