Phnom Penh (FN), Oct. 7 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said similar to COVID19, climate change is another worrying problem that would render severe and unpredictable consequences on societies, economies and security in the region and the world.

The statement was made Wednesday at the Climate Vulnerable Forum Leaders’ Event, which was convened via video conference on the margin of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

In recent years, series of disasters worldwide have become more severe and intense than we have ever experienced before, he addressed.

Premier Hun Sen continued that, “in recent years, series of disasters worldwide have become more severe and intense than we have ever experienced before. In this context, although we need to shift policy and resource priorities to combat the COVID19, we should all work hard to prioritize and ensure continuity of the implementation of climate change mitigation measures, which is a core agenda for our sustainable socio-economic development.”

“At the global level, I am of the view that climate change is a cross-cutting issue that needs to be addressed through a comprehensive policy with the balance on social, economic and environmental aspects,” he stated.

“I believe that we have to expand the financial resources, especially climate-change financing for adaptations pledged by developed countries, and the transfer of technologies to developing countries in order to effectively respond to climate change, including mechanisms to manage and promote private investment in research on renewable energy, energy efficiency, forest conservation, adaptation technology infrastructure etc.”

Cambodia’s Strongman underlined that advancing and adhering to regionalism and multilateralism are key principles for addressing emerging challenges in all aspects, especially the challenges caused by climate change. Despite limited resources and capabilities, Cambodia is highly committed, with political will, to contributing to global efforts in addressing climate change according to key principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, especially the principle of “Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities.