- Published on 17 October 2012
“Changing cities, building opportunities” was the theme used during the celebration of the 27th World Habitat Day the NGO Forum on Cambodia hosted in, Kompot and Sihanouk province on October 9th, 2012. The event was made possible in collaboration with network members and partners, namely Community Managed Development Partners, Cambodia National Research Organization, CVS and GIZ. Preside over by the Vice provincial governor in Sihanoukville and the Municipal Governor in Kompot province, the event was joined by more than a thousand participants from local authorities, local NGOs, Community Representatives and Medias.
The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all, to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat. UN-Habitat wants to underscore the need to plan our cities better because as has also been stated, unplanned growth of cities leads to chaotic development and urban sprawl. When well planned, cities can continue to afford opportunities to both the current and future residents. This dovetails with the new UN-Habitat campaign, “I am a city changer,” which seeks to involve all in making their cities a better place to live.
Speaking at the event in Sihanouk Ville, Mr. Chhith Sam Ath, Executive Director of the NGOF on Cambodia referred to a study showing the Cambodia population growth1.7% a year and by this, the Cambodian population will reach 19 million by 2020. This will require the government to have a better plan to meet the needs of this growth. He also noted that the migration from provinces to urban areas causing the emergence of slump or the settlement of the people on the right of way. And again, this has caused challenges to the government and other parties to respond to those issues.
Mr. Chhith Sam Ath, as the representative for NGOs, supports the government on the implementation of Circular 03 where the participation from community and CSO is included in the process. However, he noted about the need to have full participation from all stakeholders on Urban Development to ensure that the development is for all.
NGO Forum and CCC host a National Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on "CSO Perspective on Cambodia Development Framework Beyond 2015"
- Published on 27 May 2013
In the context of the Cambodia Millennium Development Goals (CMDG) a ninth goal on mine clearace was added by Government. Today over 150 participations from CSOs, development partners and relevant governmental agencies consulted on "CSO Perspective on Cambodia Development Framework Beyond 2015". The meeting took place over two days, 22-23 May 2013 at Cambodiana Hotel, with the support of NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGO Forum) in partnership with UNFPA and Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC).
Recently thematic discussions of CSOs were held in Bonn, Germany from 20-22 March 2013 and in Bali, Indonesia on 23-24 March with a stakeholder outreach day on 25 March with a high level panel on the post 2015 development agenda. The thematic focuses from these consultations for post 2015 were: 1) promoting social inclusion and human development including equality and equity, 2) economic growth and development, 3) ecological development - promoting environmental sustainability, 4) inclusive partnership and governance and 5) human rights to development as center for development. Each thematic highlighted vision, issues and goals which were discussed among key presenters and participants in the meeting.
Strategic Discussion on Preparation for the Formulation of Mid Term Review of NSDP update 2009-2013 and NGO Position Paper to 4th CDCF in 2011.
- Published on 05 May 2013
NGO representatives from 17 sectors comprised of 34 persons met at La Paranda Hotel on March 22, 2011 from 8:00am to 12:00am to discuss on the preparation for formulation of Mid Term Review of NSDP update 2009-2013 and NGO Position Paper on Cambodia's Development to 4th CDCF in 2011. Sharing experience from MEDiCAM representative on how to make the health sector's inputs/comments into the NSDP update was also part of the meeting. Prior to the strategic discussion, the achievements and challenges of Development Issue Forum members on the joint-advocacy work on i) NGO Position Paper to 3rd CDCF and ii) NGO inputs/comments on the first draft NSDP Update were presented to members with mentioning the ownership of all sector NGOs and Groups over the results.