Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM, UN’s Tamesis hold annual meeting

PM, UN’s Tamesis hold annual meeting

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
UN Resident Coordinator in Cambodia Pauline Tamesis and Prime Minister Hun Sen held their annual meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Monday. fresh news

PM, UN’s Tamesis hold annual meeting

UN Resident Coordinator in Cambodia Pauline Tamesis and Prime Minister Hun Sen held their annual meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh to discuss social protection and opportunities for sustainable development, as well as the progress that had been made.

The meeting discussed the issues of social protection and the data for sustainable development, as the government prepares for the Voluntary National Review of its national report on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York City, in the US, in July

Key sustainable development issues were also on the table, as highlighted in the five-year UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) to accelerate the implementation of the Cambodia Sustainable Development Goals (CSDGs).

“In moving forward, high priority attention will be needed to balance economic growth with safeguarding the natural environment, protecting human rights and promoting social goals to ensure that the poor are protected from shocks, that prosperity is equitably shared, and that future generations also benefit from today’s decisions on how resources are managed,” Tamesis said.

She added that under the new UNDAF, the UN provided financial and technical support to the government to develop and implement plans, policies and frameworks to help prioritise issues affecting the most vulnerable.

Hun Sen’s personal assistant Eang Sophallet told reporters after the meeting that the UN had expressed gratitude for last year’s development, and that the government and the UN country team met every year, with this being the fifth time they had done so.

“Pauline Tamesis informed Prime Minister Hun Sen in the meeting that the UN expressed congratulations on the tasks implemented in the past year."

“The UN raised three points – first, social protection; second, data for sustainable development; and third, the issue of participation in reviewing the national report on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in New York,” Sophallet said.

He said with regards to the issue of social protection, the UN raised the facilitation between institutions and infrastructure in building capacity, social protection and finance, and pairing social protection with sustainable development.

“Prime Minister Hun Sen clarified that in the past, the Cambodian government had provided the budget, regularly increasing it, for such development,” he said.

Sophallet said Hun Sen informed Tamesis that Cambodia had initially begun the provision of social protection for pregnant women and then for women working at factories before it was expanded to poor women.

Electricity prices had been reduced, infrastructure improved and wells dug, all of which were examples of social protection.


  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • Angkor provides ‘valuable’ water storage

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has stored millions of cubic metres of water at reservoirs in the Angkor area after Cambodia experienced a series of rainstorms over the last few days. The storing of the water, besides serving temple conservation, will also be used to

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from