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Thursday, 09 August 2012

New e-waste management project in Cambodia to create new jobs

PHNOM PEHN, 9 Aug 2012 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is launching a new project in Cambodia aimed at creating employment opportunities and ensuring effective e-waste management in the country.

UNIDO’s involvement will ensure that Cambodia’s electronic industry is effective in promoting economic and environmental sustainability. UNIDO will help create employment and business opportunities in the electronic industry as well as to improve e-waste management skills, knowledge and practices with a special focus on young people.

The project is worth USD 1,350,000 and is funded by the Republic of Korea through Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) - East Asia Climate Partnership (EACP) and Samsung Electronics. The EACP is Korea’s international development cooperation initiative aimed at combating climate change and supporting green growth in developing countries, including in Cambodia.

As a key player in the global electronics industry, Samsung Electronics will partner with UNIDO for the corporate social responsibility (CSR) related activities of the project. The private sector will be involved in both economic and environmental issues.

Today’s launch event  for the project in Phnom Pehn, organized in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and the Ministry of Environment, was attended by Government officials, representatives of the private sector, members of academia, research, NGOs as well as international organizations.

For more information, please contact:

UNIDO Regional Office Thailand
E-mail:  office.thailand@unido.org 

In Cambodia, please contact:
Narin Sok
Head of UNIDO Operations
Tel: +855 23216167 ext 369
E-mail: n.sok@unido.org