Original article by Cambodian Media: Khmer Times
On August 12, 2021 – In Khmer Times
Cambodia will host the two-day The East Asian Seas Congress, starting December 1, in Sihanoukville with the theme “Charting a New Decade of Hope- Healthy Oceans, People and Economies”
The National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD) secretary-general Van Monineath said yesterday that the main objectives for the congress are to share lessons as experiences, monitor past work progress, and expand the implementation of strategies implemented at the regional, national and sub-national levels.
According to the NCSD, the congress aims to share the lessons learned, track the progress made, and scale up good practices in implementing the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) at the regional, national, and local levels.
It said that the congress also builds on and recalibrate existing management interventions and fosters new opportunities for regional partnerships using innovative approaches, technologies, investments, and financing towards the sustainable development of the coastal and marine environment.
And the congress also will set up a clear roadmap on transformative blue solutions in the next decade, in accordance with the new normal and the UN Decade of Ocean Science, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and other relevant international and regional commitments.
Minister of Environment Say Samal said that he has instructed each working group to control and examine its action plan in collaboration with relevant officials and countries to ensure that this year’s conference runs smoothly and enhances Cambodia’s national pride.
He added that the outreach works towards the meeting is very important in relation to the marine environment that the world is paying attention to and is an opportunity for Cambodia to show its contribution to solving regional and international challenges, along with its commitment with high focus on environmental management and sustainable development.
Meanwhile, The Ministry of Environment is organising a Youth Forum on Environment 2021 at end of this month which will discuss issues related to the environment.
This year, eight high schools have been selected to compete in the annual Youth Forum on Environment, organised by the Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in order to provide opportunities for young people to express their abilities through hard work and study.
According to the Ministry, the youths will embark on research activities to gain knowledge to help talk on topics related to the environment and natural resources.