Green growth cooperation in Cambodia deepened

Phnom Penh, 28 June 2022, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Ministry of Environment of Cambodia penned a Memorandum of Understanding on continuous green growth cooperation in Cambodia. The MoU was inked by H.E. Vann Monyneath, Director General, General Directorate of Policy and Strategy, Ministry of Environment and Ms. Karolien Casaer-Diez, GGGI Country Representative for Cambodia, under the presidency of H.E. Tin Ponlok, Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment and Second Vice-Chair of the National Council for Sustainable Development.

The primary purpose of the MoU is to continue collaboration between the two agencies to promote green development in Cambodia.

Drawing from Cambodia’s strong commitment to combating climate change and accelerating the transition to a climate-resilient, low-carbon sustainable mode of development, and GGGI’s primary objective of promoting a green economic growth model, the MoU will pave the way for continued engagement between the two organizations which have been partnering since 2012 on green urban planning, waste management, climate strategies, carbon trading e-mobility and more.

H.E. Tin Ponlok, Secretary of State of Ministry of Environment and 2nd Vice-Chair of National Council for Sustainable Development, said, “I am proud of what the Ministry of Environment and GGGI have achieved together in this past decade of cooperation. We jointly issued sustainable city plans for Phnom Penh and seven cities, and, together with other development partners, updated the NDC and developed a Long-Term Strategy for Carbon Neutrality, but what is the most important is that we have come a long way in implementing these plans”.

“What excites me most about working in Cambodia is that Royal Government of Cambodia know to approach the pressing climate and environmental issues which the world faces, as an opportunity: an opportunity to be more competitive in regional supply chains catering to buyers and export markets raising their environmental standards; an opportunity to create green jobs; an opportunity to boost Cambodia’s profile as a high quality tourism destination; and  an opportunity to raise carbon finance,” said Karolien Casaer-Diez, GGGI country Representative for Cambodia.

Cambodia is a founding member of GGGI. Together with 17 other countries, the Royal Government of Cambodia signed the establishment agreement in 2011 which brought GGGI to life as an intergovernmental organization.

According to the MoU, GGGI and Ministry of Environment will continue to cooperate in programmatic areas including waste management, green industries, sustainable mobility, green building, clean energy and climate finance.