Japan (FN), Apr. 23 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen said that water is an essential resource for development and quality living, but this resource is becoming scarcer and scarcer day by day in many parts of the world.

The premier spoke at the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Japan on Saturday (23 Apr).

“Our approach towards water resource management today will determine the quality of life for us and our children in the future. In this sense, water resource has become a key agenda that requires us to work together to manage this resource sustainably for now and in the future through:

1. Continuing to promote the development and integration of infrastructure networks to support water resource management at country, regional and global levels.

2. Continuing to promote the development of responsible socio-economic activities and to support green development, especially for agriculture which requires great amount of water.

3. Promoting and enhancing our digital cooperation to leverage the progress of digital technology development for the use and management of water resource in efficient and effective manners.

4. Continuing to support programs, initiatives and activities that support the promotion of social sustainability in the use and management of water resource to ensure that all people around the world have access to water as needed,” the premier underlined.

Samdech continued, effective and efficient use of water resource is critical to sustainable socio-economic development. In fact, in the UN 2030 Agenda for the sustainable development, water is defined in Goal 6 on "Ensure Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All". For Cambodia, water is considered as "White Gold"- a driving force for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic progress and development.

“The Royal Government of Cambodia always recognizes its strategic importance and place high priority on water resource aimed to promote better management of water resource in order to ensure water security in the country. Cambodia will continue its commitment to collaborating with all stakeholders, under both regional and international mechanisms, to strengthen and promote more effective governance and management of water resource and the River basin, towards achieving "Water for Sustainable Development" objective,” the premier added.