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Sokhonn reaffirms Cambodia's commitment to cooperation with UN

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Foreign minister Prak Sokhonn (right) and outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Pauline Tamesis during their meeting on Friday. MFAIC

Sokhonn reaffirms Cambodia's commitment to cooperation with UN

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn reiterated Cambodia’s commitment to strengthen its cooperation with the UN.

Sokhonn, who met Tamesis on April 8, thanked the UN in Cambodia for providing financial and technical assistance, Covid-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility and medical equipment to help contain the pandemic, a ministry statement read.

“Cambodia is proud to be ranked second in Asia Pacific in the Covid-19 vaccination drive which enabled the government to fully reopen the country last November,” it said, quoting Sokhonn.

The minister also thanked the UN for supporting Cambodia in implementing climate action plans, preparing legal and policy documents and technical guidelines to improve public institutions and human rights.

Meanwhile, Tamesis commended Cambodia’s socio-economic growth, its contribution to peacekeeping, Covid-19 fight and for maintaining a good relationship with UN agencies.

In a UN Cambodia Facebook post on the farewell party by the ministry, Tamesis is said to have thanked Sokhonn’s ministry for its support and ongoing work with the UN to promote multilateralism, global peace and security.

“The UN is committed to optimising the transformations created by health and socio-economic responses while ensuring that human rights is at the centre of efforts to build back better from the Covid-19 and making sure no one is left behind,” it said.

Tamesis also bade farewell to Minister of Planning Chhay Than on April 7 whom she said thanks to and the ministry for accelerating the progress of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Heng Kimkong, a visiting senior research fellow at the Cambodia Development Centre, said Cambodia had been successful in its fight against the Covid-19, partly due to the contribution and support from the UN.

“It is important that Cambodia continues to seek support from the UN to accelerate its post-Covid recovery efforts,” Kimkong said.

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