The Environmental Sustainability in Asia publication series, published by the Korea Environment Institute (KEI), demonstrates a comprehensive picture of the progress, challenges and opportunities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation in the Asian countries.
The second issue in the series focuses on Cambodia. Cambodia is one of the countries that had the highest level of achievement in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and was classified as a Lower-Middle Income Country in 2016 after two decades of robust economic growth. This rapid pace of economic growth has brought with it a host of environmental challenges that continue to damage the environment and harm human health.
At the highest level of the Royal Government of Cambodia, there is a strong commitment to address these issues by building on its previous MDG achievements. Cambodia has set a national target of 100 per cent access to improved water supply and improved sanitation by 2025 and developed an additional 18th national SDG on demining to make the country free of landmines and unexploded ordnance by 2025.
KEI recognizes experience sharing can be an effective development cooperation tool for its neighboring developing countries to fulfill their commitments to the international community and contributing responsibly to global efforts for sustainable development. By focusing on the experiences of the Cambodian government, international organizations, international development agencies, and think tanks, the Environmental Sustainability in Asia Publication Series aim to project the benefits of experience into future actions and institutional commitments to better understanding effective actions in achieving the SDGs in the developing countries in Asia.