United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Cambodia

Madam Chair
Cambodia would like to express its appreciation to Madam Chair for providing this
opportunity to contribute to the discussion on land. First of all, Cambodia would like to
fully associate itself with the statement made by Sudan, on behalf of the G-77 and China.
We also would thank the panelists this morning for indicating good guidance and acting
as a catalyst for interactive discussions on land of today's session.
The country provides supports to land reform policies, sustainable land use,
implementing the integrated management of land as well as the use of science and
technology to enhance and ensure high productivity and productive diversification of
crops in globally combating climate change impacts.
What Cambodia would like to see more is the classification of land tenure/ownership, i.e.
agriculture, industry, transport to allow for sustainable management of land from
production to use. Next, we would also like to request proper land pricing beyond the
current global real estate deflation provoked from the consequences of the global
economic and financial crises. As the crisis is over, land price speculation by Year 2015-
2050 will have been worldwide spread, thus affecting land tenure security for the poor,
the powerless and the community as a whole, and then triggering regional and global
food crisis at the rapid growth of the world population estimated at 9.2 billion.
Adding to that, sustainable land use and land management necessitates the UN
Commission on Sustainable Development to take pre-emptive/preventive/pre-cautious
measures, identified as: the efficient minimum use of underground water, excavation of
underground mineral and oil; downscaling the land expansion from various illegal
activities, i.e. land grablling for tight individual interests at the expense of the general
public interest and for ambitious economic development as well as reducing the
overexploitation of land from inter-community and intracommunity, in particular from
exogenous land users and endogenous users at the destruction of the sustainable land
from fertitility to carbon absorbtion.
Fundamentally, Cambodia would like to raise a concept of an effective public regulatory
role in land management so that excessive privatization of land occuring at the expense of
the mass population, especially for the LDCs and developing countries under weak
governance and institution, can be significantly reduced for the potential benefits of
public land as the common property/goods necessarily satisfying the future needs of the
land users as a precondition of sustainability.
Thank you very much. Madam Chair.
CAMBODIA
Head of Delegates
Dr. CHHUN Vannak
Advisor to Senior Minister, Minister of Environment, H.E. Dr. MOK Mareth
& Deputy Director General for Inspection, Ministry of Environment
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