Statement by Douglas Gardner, UN Resident Coordinator,
Excellencies, Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of development partners, I am pleased to share with you some opening thoughts for this gathering.
Since the Last GDCC in September of 2006, there have been some important developments to highlight::
Taking further this last point, the Government has in the NSDP set key goals with measurable indicators. These NSDP targets are aligned with the Cambodian Millennium Development Goals. They cover critical indicators on the well being of Cambodian people such as:
Clarity on government development priorities helps partners to better focus our assistance. Likewise, fora such as these allow Government and development partners to identify together opportunities to accelerate progress on NSDP targets as well as recognize problems that might be braking progress.
In that spirit of supporting the nationís prime development priorities, we are pleased today to focus on the following areas that if handled well can accelerate Cambodiaís development, or, to the contrary, if not working well, can slow progress. Not in this list for discussion today are a number of sectoral issues which are equally important -- but it was felt that they were making good progress on their JMIís and could thus be discussed at future meetings.
The priority issues we would like to take a look at with you in this GDCC are:
Legal and Judicial Reform;
As development partners, we are committed to partnering in the provision of our support and having an open dialogue to see how we can best do this.