Sweden and UNDP Provide Support for Climate Change Program in Cambodia

Climate change response, rural development and the environment will be addressed in the third phase of the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance’s project. Photo: UNDP Cambodia Press Center.  

The Cambodia Climate Change Alliance obtains a grant for a third 3-year phase 

PHNOM PENH--The Government of Sweden and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday (April 23) announced a contribution of $3.34 million to support the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance for three more years, that is, through 2022. 

"This new programme will provide crucial support for charting a growth path that is sustainable, resilient, and benefits the most vulnerable in society," the UNDP's press release read. 

The Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) will implement that project in a third phase (CCCA-3) and new phase that will focus on deepening climate action in five key sectors: energy, public works and transport, rural development, environment, and education. 

The CCCA-3 also includes a grant facility for innovative climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, technical assistance to the National Council for Sustainable Development for the overall coordination of the climate change response, and research partnerships to strengthen availability of data and knowledge on climate change in Cambodia. 

“Climate change is an existential threat and requires speedy, ambitious measures,” said Björn Häggmark, Sweden’s Ambassador to Cambodia, in the press release. “The CCCA programme allows a wide range of key actors in Cambodia to do more to protect the environment, mitigate the effects of climate change and to strengthen implementation of the Paris Agreement. Sweden supports in this way sustainable development.”

Nick Beresford, UNDP resident representative said that, as around the world we all face the full onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to make sure our investments help create a cleaner, safer world for all our citizens. 

“With the support and expertise of Sweden, joined by that of the European Union and UNDP, the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance program offers a way to build back better,” he said. “We can find opportunities in crisis to further climate proof Government investments and stimulate green and resilient private investments.

“We take this opportunity to thank the Government of Sweden for their strong and continuing support to the Royal Government to combat the effects of climate change and create a cleaner, healthier and safer future for communities here in Cambodia," Beresford added.

 


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