2013 Press Releases
United States, Cambodia Sign Emissions Reduction Agreement
Released on May 31, 2013
Rebecca Black, Mission Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and H.E. Dr. Mok Mareth, Senior Minister and Chair of Cambodia’s National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Low Emissions and Climate Resilient Development in Cambodia, outlining specific areas for cooperation in the agriculture and forestry sectors and strengthening support for a greenhouse gas inventory, climate change capacity building, international coordination for green growth, and integrating climate change adaptation into green growth strategies.
Cambodia is the 19th country to sign an MOU on “Enhancing Capacity for Low Emissions Development Strategies” (EC-LEDS) and to become an official EC-LEDS partner country with the United States. Both countries developed this agreement as a product of President Obama’s Global Climate Change Initiative. Other Asian countries partnering with the United States on EC-LEDS include Vietnam, Bangladesh, and India.
“We are very excited about forging a new partnership with Cambodia’s National Climate Change Committee to promote economic growth activities that minimize greenhouse gas emissions,” said Ms. Black at the signing ceremony. “Climate change will continue to affect economic growth opportunities in Cambodia and around the world, and this new MOU opens the door to identify and support the best practices for green growth.”
Senior Minister Mok Mareth expressed his appreciation for the number of U.S. climate change initiatives in Cambodia and urged close cooperation in implementing concrete actions under the MOU, which is effective until September 30, 2018.
Cambodia is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Over the past 10 years, the country has made significant progress in addressing climate change challenges. These include important policy and development activities such as the 2013-2030 National Policy and Strategic Development Plan on Green Development, which the Cambodian government launched in March. Due to the limited institutional, technical, and financial capacity to adequately address climate change in Cambodia, many challenges remain. The MOU reaffirms the pivotal role that climate change plays in economic development and lays the framework for future U.S. government programming in the environment sector.
In Cambodia, USAID supports a broad range of programs designed to benefit all Cambodians in areas such as health, education, economic growth, poverty alleviation, agriculture, natural resource management, democracy, governance, human rights, and anti-trafficking in persons. USAID/Cambodia provided over $65 million in assistance in 2012.