UN hosts dialogue on Belt and Road Initiative and the 2030 Agenda in Cambodia

BRI Lecture


Tuesday, December 11th

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – United Nations in Cambodia has embarked on a research initiative to establish why, and how, both the Belt and Road Initiative and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are critical for realizing the Royal Government of Cambodia’s vision to become an Upper Middle-Income Country by 2030. The UN has been working with a multi-disciplinary and diverse team of experts from Cambodia, China, and Singapore.

Read the whole press release here.


International Volunteer Day 2018

8th National Forum on Volunteerism and International Volunteer Day 2018


Phnom Penh, December 5, 2018


The 8th National Forum on Volunteerism and the International Volunteer Day 2018 celebration event will be jointly organized by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in close partnership with civil society (represented by VolCam) and the private sector. These events will take place on December 5, 2018, at Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) in Phnom Penh and 20 more schools across the capital city. This will become the 9th time where International Volunteer Day was celebrated in Cambodia jointly with the National Forum on Volunteerism.


For more information click here



Live Life Positively

Join us for World AIDS Day!


In partnership with KBach Gallery and KHANA Cambodia, we will be hosting HIV testing and a live painting by Cambodian artist Ranon Phal to mark this special day. The day is also packed full of other activities for a great day out! The Kbach Gallery Artist Competition Finale is taking place, while several enormously talented artists paint the new building walls and, there’s also the Cool Lounge 1v1 Rap and Dance Battle Finales! The Sound Initiative will be presenting a special workshop on beat building/deconstructing with a special guest instructor and FashRev will be launching their own Textile Waste Design Competition.

All are welcome to come see the many exciting activities that are happening during the 1st of December as we celebrate World AIDS Day at The Factory Phnom Penh! If you would like to join the World AIDS Day festivities, please visit our Facebook event.

For more information: World AIDS Day 2018


Secretary-General says violence against women and girls is a global pandemic

25 November 2018 – Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic.  It is a moral affront to all women and girls, a mark of shame on all our societies and a major obstacle to inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.  At its core, violence against women and girls is the manifestation of a profound lack of respect – a failure by men to recognize the inherent equality and dignity of women.  It is an issue of fundamental human rights.

Read the full message by the UN Secretary-General here.

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Cambodia seeks to unlock opportunities in e-trade through Belt and Road

As the Belt and Road Initiative flourishes in and beyond neighboring countries of China, Cambodian entrepreneurs stand ready to embrace opportunities brought along by Chinese counterparts in the booming e-trade industry.

Read the full story from the People's Daily, China here.


NUON Chea and KHIEU Samphan Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in Case 002/02

The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) convicted former senior Khmer Rouge leaders NUON Chea and KHIEU Samphan of genocide, crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The crimes were committed at various locations throughout Cambodia during the Democratic Kampuchea period from 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979.

You can find statements, press releases and more here.

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Phnom Penh, November 16, 2018 – The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), potential investors, and private companies, including Shenzhen 4PX Express Co., Ltd., under the Alibaba Cainiao Logistics Group, gathered to discuss the potential for e-commerce and cross-border trade at the #ConnectCambodia Forum in Phnom Penh.

#ConnectCambodia linked-up with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in an effort to showcase how regional integration, technologies and innovations have created new development opportunities to advance cross-border trade in Cambodia. The BRI is an ambitious effort to improve regional cooperation and connectivity on a trans-continental scale. Read the full press release here.

UN Women Ideathon

Young women innovate to tackle gender inequality

Friday 9 November 2018 

PHNOM PENH – On Saturday, UN Women in Cambodia will bring together more than 70 young women from Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos PDR, and Viet Nam for the Innovation for Impact (i4i) Ideathon.

Read a full press release here.


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News release | UN expert: Civil society is crucial for sustainable development in Cambodia

8 November 2018 – A UN human rights expert urged the Cambodian Government to work more closely with civil society groups, and said the best way for the country to achieve a durable peace and sustainable development was to put human rights at the forefront of policymaking.

Read the full press release here: 

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Op-Ed | How Can Cambodia Unleash the Potential of Youth?

The time is now to create smart and transformative policies that give young people the skills they need to meet and prepare for future challenges. To fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for a more peaceful, sustainable, and prosperous world, we need young people to lead. Join us in our effort to unleash the potential of youth!

Read the full op-ed here.


Youth Strategy UNGA 2018

Youth2030: UN chief launches bold new strategy for young people ‘to lead’

The United Nations Secretary-General launched a new partnership strategy with the world’s 1.8 billion young people on Monday, to help put “their ideas into action”. Noting that it was “a rare treat” to see so many young faces at the UN, to launch the new “Youth2030” strategy, UN chief António Guterres highlighted a list of challenges “the largest young generation in history” faces today.

Read more here.

Asean myworld

ASEAN MY World 2030

The ASEAN MY World 2030 initiative will be presented in New York during the celebrations of the Global Day for Action on the SDGs in front of numerous world and UN leaders. In support of this initiative, the UN and its partners are launching a social media campaign to drive traffic to the asean.myworld2030.org website and get more people in ASEAN to vote. This will contribute to raise public awareness and capture priorities and perceptions about the ASEAN Vision 2025 and the 2030 Agenda. The survey is available in all 10 ASEAN languages.

Cambodia LGBTIQ article

Cambodia's LGBTIQ Community Adrift in the Divide

For nearly 40 years, Ouk has been living a profoundly complicated life as a woman, an identity that has brought countless challenges to her.

Read the full story here.


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

These sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals and targets that UN Member States will use to frame their national agendas and development policies from 2016 to 2030. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and complete what they did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental, with the aspiration for peaceful and inclusive societies. For more info, visit our SDG page here.