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UN’s under-secretary-general hails Cambodia for rapid development…sex slave industry

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) — Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under- Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) , on Tuesday appreciated Cambodia for its rapidly social and economic development in recent years.

Her appreciation was made during a one-hour meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace.

She also hailed the country for its efforts to mainstream gender equality, promote education, health and narrow gaps between the rich and the poor. She said these factors are very vital to boost development and reduce poverty in Cambodia.

Meanwhile, Hun Sen attributed the country’s rapid development to the government’s strategies in gradually reforming in all sectors with the supports from development partners and friendly countries.

He said that for education, the country has enough schools and teachers, but it still challenges with the quality of education.

On the development gaps between the rich and the poor, the premier said the country has been actively developing rural areas through building physical infrastructures such as roads, bridges and irrigation systems.

Heyzer made her first visit to Cambodia from Aug. 21-24 to further enhance ties between the UN and Cambodia.

During the visit, she will also meet with Cambodia’s senior minister Ly Thuch, Chairman of the National Committee for the Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (NC-ESCAP) to discuss issues regarding to sustainable development, regional integration, and Cambodia’s achievements and challenges towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

In addition, she is scheduled to meet with the Minister of Women Affairs Ing Kanthaphavi to discuss women status in the country.

Heyzer is the ninth Executive Secretary of the UN-ESCAP, she was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to the position in August 2007 and is the first woman to occupy this position since its founding in 1947.

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