UNDP launches accelerator labs in Cambodia

  • Cambodia
  • Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020

PHNOM PENH: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Monday launched the UNDP Accelerator Labs in Cambodia, it said in an announcement on Tuesday (Jan 21).

The labs are housed in UNDP's office based in Phnom Penh, the press release said, adding that the labs aim at addressing some of the most pressing issues facing Cambodia such as circular economy, youth employment, and climate change.

"Our current and first intervention is addressing the plastic waste issue by exploring and testing alternative straws that might be able to replace the plastic one," it said.

The Cambodian lab will be among 60 global ones that will find, test and try to scale up innovative solutions helpful in combating poverty, climate change, and inequality.

"We all need to be faster and more entrepreneurial if we are going to hit the sustainable development goals by 2030," Nick Beresford, UNDP resident representative, said.

"The Accelerator Labs in Cambodia and in 59 other countries is how UNDP is meeting that challenge, re-energizing our work and our provision of development solutions," he said.

The labs were launched with funding from Qatar and Germany, the press release said.

"If we want to end poverty and stop climate change by 2030, we need to move beyond business as usual, be creative and accelerate our efforts," Benjamin Knodler, counsellor at the German embassy to Cambodia, said at the launch event.

"This is what the UNDP Accelerator Labs are meant to achieve - in Cambodia and worldwide," he said. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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