The NGO Forum on Cambodia

Discussing the Environment and Natural Resources Code, Environmental Impact Assessment and Climate Change concerns with CSOs and the Ministry of Environment

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On the 6th of April 2017, the NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF) facilitated a meeting between CSOs and the Ministry of Environment (MoE). The meeting had four primary themes: 1) the Environment and Natural Resources Code (EC), 2) Climate Change Technical Working Group, 3) effective contribution of CSOs on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), and 4) update on the Conservation Forum with the Prime Minister.

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Regional Workshop: Limiting Temperature Increase to 1.5oC, from Science to Practice

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Phitsanulok Province, Thailand: Mr. Sey Peou, Climate Change Project Coordinator of the NGO Forum on Cambodia, NECA Secretariat and a co-chairman of Asian Climate Change Consortium (ACCC) joint in Regional Workshop on Limiting Temperature Increase to 1.5oC, from Science to Practice: A Learning & Planning Session. This regional workshop conducts on March 07 – 09, 2017 at Ruean Phae Royal Park Hotel, Phitsanulok, Thailand. Missions’ Objectives are 1) to debate the challenges of climate change adaption and energy sector and try to formulate recommendations 2) to reflect and share the outcome from last CoP 3) to understand the impacts and implication of the transition towards low carbon, resilient and sustainable society and 4) to strengthen CSOs advocacy and strategy in the region.

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National Dialogue Forum on Confliction Resolution over Lower Sesan II Hydropower Dam

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On 09th March 2017 at Tonle Basac II, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: The NGO Forum on Cambodia hosted a National Dialogue Forum on Conflict resolution over Lower Sesan 2 hydropower which co-organized with its members including 3SPN, CEPA, FACT, and MVi. There were 47 participants (16 women) joined who from Ministry of Mines and Energy (MoME), Local NGOs/INGOs, National and international Media journalists/TVs and Dam affected communities, Reaearch Institute and private company. This forum was floor for discussion and debate on project developer and responsible ministry to review some key points related the processing of resettlement and compensation over the dam-affected communities.

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Regional Workshop on National Implementation of SDGs Voluntary National Review of UN High-level Political Forum

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Bangkok, 24-25 February 2017: Over 30 participants of the regional workshop on CSO engagement on SDGs in particular HLPF-VNR jointly organized by the Asia Development Alliance (ADA) and Asia CSO Partnership for Sustainable Development (APSD). The workshop having discussed the global and regional processes of SDG implementation by the UN and CSOs, and assessed the CSO engagement with the government on SDG implementation in 11 countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, in particular the preparation for the Voluntary National Review (VNR) of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF).

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CSOs Working Group on Budget meeting with Ministry of Economic and Finance in the Discussion and Cooperation in 2017

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On 23 February 2017, at the Building B, Hall of the Ministry of Economic and Finance: a meeting between the Ministry of Economic and Finance and representatives of 12 national and international civil society organizations was held. Dr. Tek Vannara, Executive Director, NGO Forum on Cambodia, started by thanking the Ministry of Economic and Finance for giving the opportunity and for invaluable time for the Budget Working Group of civil society organization to meet and discuss on budget transparency, public financial management reform and cooperation for 2017. Budget Working Group presents about its background, achievements, challenges, and to seek collaboration for 2017 work plan. In 2016 Ministry of Economic and Finance recognized 3 CSO/NGOs to observe in the national budgeting process, as well as gave the value time to attend in other NGO Forum works especially early of this year.

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Exchange Program and meeting on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG)

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Mr Tek Vannara, Executive Director of the NGO FORUM on Cambodia participated in Exchange Program and meeting on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG). In the exchange program and meeting, each country representative reported the progress and challenges of FLEGT implementation, especially focused on implementation of ASEAN FLEGT planned, and discussion with inter-governments and ASEAN secretariat on all stakeholder involvement the whole process of FLEGT such as communities, private sector, development partner, CSO/NGO and government.

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