Addressing the opening ceremony, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said the First National Forum on Climate Change is a new turning point in the evolution of Cambodian society. This forum is truly significant, responds timely to our needs by sharing information and experiences so we can learn positive lessons from countries in the region, and raises a number of key issues relating to the measures needed to respond to climate change.
“Poor countries are the most affected by the problem that was originated elsewhere because they have very little resources to cope with climate change,” said Samdech Techo Hun Sen, calling on developed countries to take more responsibility, transfer modern technology and offer more aids to help poor countries.
According to the premier, Cambodia ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in December 1995, which shows Cambodian leaders’ understanding about this new threat and Cambodia’s determination and responsibility in contribution to the international community in coping with climate change.
“It is very encouraging to know that recently the European Union has pledged to consider providing a budget of US$2 to 15 billion annually to poor countries for implementing their adaptation measures,” he said, adding that Cambodia has approved in late 2006 climate change adaptation program of 39 projects for implementation to respond to immediate needs of communities to adapt themselves to climate change.
The last two sessions of the forum (Oct. 20-21) are taking place at Inter-continental Hotel, Phnom Penh, with about 180 participants from relevant government ministries and agencies, development partners, NGOs, civil society, academy, private sector and media.
The three-day forum aims at promoting understanding on climate change, discussing climate change responses and promoting cooperation and coordination between all relevant stakeholders in Cambodia, said a press release of the National Climate Change Committee.