Visit of Executive Secretary Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana to Cambodia
ESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Alisjahbana embarked on a three-day official visit to Cambodia from 8 to 10 April 2019. The Executive Secretary was warmly welcomed at a breakfast meeting by H.E. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and President of the National Committee for ESCAP, who reiterated Cambodia’s commitment to work together with ESCAP to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
This was followed by a meeting with the Prime Minister of Cambodia H.E. Samdech Hun Sen, who emphasized that the ESCAP platform should be leveraged for harnessing regional cooperation. He underscored the importance of mapping out complementarities between the ASEAN Vision 2025 and the UN’s 2030 Agenda as the way forward to advance sustainable development in the region.
Ms. Alisjahbana also paid a courtesy call with H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, where they discussed the upcoming annual dialogue between Cambodia and UN development partners in May. The annual dialogue will focus on three main topics, including social protection, data for development and national report monitoring and evaluation. During her visit, the Executive Secretary also met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth, Minister of Industry and Handicrafts H.E. Dr Cham Prasidh, Minister of Planning H.E. Chhay Than as well as UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Pauline Tamesis and the UN country team in Cambodia.
On the final day, Ms. Alisjahbana visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh. The museum is supported by UNESCO through the Preservation and Digitization Project that is working to preserve, digitize and publish 400,000 pages from the Khmer Rouge era.