Cambodia submits long-term carbon neutral development strategy to UN

Cambodia has submitted its Long Term Carbon Development Strategy (LTS4CN) to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Cambodia’s LTS4CN was submitted on December 30, according to a press release received by local media on December 31.

According to the press release, the submission of this strategy is in line with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s commitment at the 2020 United Nations Climate Summit to be implemented by the end of 2021. The development of this strategy is an important step. for Cambodia as a country that supports multilateral activities on climate change to show leadership through practical implementation of climate action.

Cambodia is one of 49 Parties to the UNFCCC that have submitted this strategy to the UNFCCC Secretariat to date, and is the second least developed country to submit this strategy, with clear carbon neutrality targets by 2050. This is another testament to Cambodia’s strong commitment, cohesion and political will to fight climate change.

Although Cambodia has contributed little to greenhouse gas emissions, through this strategy, Cambodia has demonstrated its willingness and position to engage with the international community to fight climate change on the basis of a “Shared responsibility, but at different levels” according to their respective capacities. .

The strategy aims to provide a roadmap based on a comprehensive analysis and scenarios related to key economic sectors, including prioritizing activities to mitigate to achieve future carbon neutral development. This strategy includes an analysis of the balance between greenhouse gas reduction, economic growth, social justice and climate resilience.

Cambodia can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 first: by continuing efforts to implement the Forest Reduction and Reduction Program (REDD +) and forest sector reform, including the development of a sustainable forestry, and second: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transport and improving energy efficiency; and third: promoting low-carbon agriculture, industrial processes and waste management.

The implementation of the LTS4CN strategy will contribute to an additional annual GDP growth of 2.8% by 2050 ($ 4.2 billion) and create 449,000 new jobs and stimulate growth, the implementation of the green economy and low carbon development.

The National Council for Sustainable Development and the Ministry of the Environment thank all the ministries, institutions and partners, in particular: The Cambodian Climate Change Alliance (with funding from the European Union, Sweden and the United Nations Program for development), United Kingdom, World Bank The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Global Green Development Institute and the French Development Agency, for supporting and collaborating in the strategic planning process.

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