“It has been the experience of the United Nations system in Cambodia time and again that open participation of civil society contributes positively to meeting national development priorities in a way that is inclusive, equitable and sustains peace.

As we gear up to celebrate 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, let us nurture the creativity, innovation and ingenuity of civil society, protect and expand the space for civil society to operate and continue to develop partnerships to strengthen our purpose and draw closer to the goals we all want: sustainable development, justice, equality and peace for all.”

Read the full Op-Ed by Claire Van der Vaeren, our UN Resident Coordinator, on behalf of the United Nations system in Cambodia, marking Human Rights Day – 10 December 2017, in English and in Khmer.