Phnom Penh (FN), Jun. 14 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen shared three key ideas, aimed at ending global violence against children, speaking at the “Together to End Violence Leaders’ Event”, held on Tuesday (Jun 14) via video conference.

"I would like to take this opportunity to share some key ideas, aimed at ending global violence against children, as follows:

1. Promoting the spirit of unity as well as strengthening and expanding existing bilateral and multilateral cooperation to promote child welfare and child protection, especially improving coordination mechanisms among all stakeholders to share important data and information to take timely and stringent actions against all forms of violence against children;

2. Fostering global commitment by mobilizing both financial and non-financial resources to support and ensure the sustainability of the movement to end violence against children within the framework of the United Nations and international organizations, as well as other regional organizations; and

3. Accelerating progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Target 16.2: Ending all forms of violence against children by 2030."

The premier added that the Royal Government of Cambodia always pays high attention to the prevention of violence against children and the promotion of child protection.

“In fact, Cambodia has steadily prepared and implemented policies and action plans, such as the Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence against Children 2017-2021, the National Social Protection Policy Framework 2016-2025, and the National Policy on Child Protection System 2019-2029, to achieve an end to violence against children,” the premier added.

Samdech continued, “In addition, in 2019, Cambodia became a pathfinding country of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children by prioritizing the strengthening of the implementation of Policy on Alternative Care for Children to promote family-based care instead of residential care.”

Samdech added that in 2021, based on an evaluation of the Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence against Children 2017-2021, Cambodia is on the right track in preventing violence against children. Going forward, Cambodia will continue to be more active in her efforts to ensure the safety of children everywhere such as at home, school, and community.

“More importantly, the Royal Government is strongly committed to ensuring that all children can live in a conducive environment for their nurtures with necessary protection provided to end violence against children in all forms, as well as to achieve Cambodia's pledges in the regional and global frameworks through the implementation of national action plans and policies that have been set out,” the premier added.