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NGO Education Partnership for Promoting Accountability in Education
December 16, 2014

H.E. Nath Bunroeun, Secretary of State of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport

Mr. San Chey, ASNA-East Asia Pacific

Ladies and Gentlemen

On behalf of the American people, thank you for allowing me to make brief remarks.  A fundamental principle in democracy is that citizens have the right to demand accountability and that the government at all levels from the commune council to the national level including the Ministry of Education have an obligation to be accountable.  Each and every appointed and elected official and civil servants are accountable for their conduct and performance.

Education is one of the key preconditions for development.  A heavy historical burden has left huge gaps in the educational capacities of the Cambodian population but also in the educational system itself.   The low quality of education services and corruptions including bribe and cheating  are among crucial obstacles to the improvement of education in Cambodia.  If there is any place to promote social accountability in Cambodia, it is in education such that social accountability could and should be found within the education sector.

Cambodia’s National Day against Trafficking
December 12, 2014

I am honored to be here this afternoon in recognition of Cambodia’s National Day against Trafficking.  I would like to recognize the Provincial Committee to Combat Human Trafficking who have worked closely with our partner – Winrock International – to make this event a reality.  Too many Cambodians continue to be pushed into situations where they are easily exploited or trafficked.   We need to recommit our collective energy to ensure those situations are a thing of the past.

Helmet Handover Ceremony
December 9, 2014

According to the WHO status report on road safety, road traffic accidents result in more than 1 million deaths globally each year. For every 1 person who dies in a road traffic crash, 20 are injured. And 1 in 20 of those injured is left with a disability.  At such a scale, this is an issue that impacts each of us. We envision a world where we and our loved ones face fewer risks as we go about our everyday lives.

But the numbers don’t really describe the huge impact that accidents have.  A traffic death may cost a family its wage earner.  Traffic injuries may mean a child won’t be able to attend school.  In short – the accidents have the potential to cost Cambodia’s government and its society heavily. What makes events like today all the more exciting, however, is that we come together not just to discuss the problem, but to celebrate a solution: the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation’s “Head Safe, Helmet On” campaign.

Private Sector Forum on the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Law
December 5, 2014

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good morning.  It is my great pleasure to join you here this morning at the Private Sector Forum on the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Law.

Today’s forum is important, because it addresses a challenge that Cambodia, as well as many countries around the world, are facing:  How do we pursue economic development without sacrificing the health of our environment? 

School Dropout Prevention Pilot Program Dissemination Workshop
December 4, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development, which I represent, is an important supporter of education around the world. Education is a pathway to better opportunities for every person, their community, and their nation. Through the School Dropout Prevention Program (SDPP), USAID is working closely with the Ministry of Education to achieve Cambodia’s Millennium Development Goal: Universal Access to Basic Education by 2015. The SDPP program supports the Ministry’s policy on Preventing Student from Dropout of School and Information Communication Technology in education, which calls for access to ICT for all teachers and students, especially at the secondary level.

National Family Planning Conference
November 27, 2014

Globally, nearly 300,000 women and over 3 million infants die each year from complications in pregnancy and birth – with unplanned pregnancies often carrying the highest risk.  Here in Cambodia, as evidenced by our last Demographic and Health Survey, 206 Cambodian women needlessly lose their lives for every 100,000 live births -- usually from preventable and treatable causes.

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