DPA Participated in Green Inclusive Growth Conference at Regional Level and CAFOD Regional Partner Workshop
On 25-26 March 2014, DPA participated in Green Inclusive Growth (GIG) Conference for South East Asia: Exploring Green Inclusive Growth Principles and Practice. This two-day conference was organised at Apsara Angkor Resort and Conference by CAFOD. In addition, DPA was also an exhibitor during the conference along with other organisations at national level and regional levels such as NGO Forum, IESR, KSI, Banteay Srey, NGR Solutions, Nature Wild, FOSERA, Eco Web.
Major monsoon flooding has caused severe damage throughout northeast Cambodia. Many of those feeling the impact of these floods are in villages where DPA has been working with communities to improve their rights, health and sanitation, and livelihoods. To date, nine of DPA's target villages in Ratanakiri province and seven in Stung Treng province have been affected. As the water levels rose, rescue boats have been helping villagers to escape to higher ground, but these people are now in need of emergency support such as shelter, food and clean drinking water. In Stung Treng alone, over 1160 villagers that DPA works with have been affected.
Project staff have been in constant contact with flood-affected villagers and local authorities about the immediate needs of communities. As a result, DPA has spent much of the past week providing emergency relief assistance to those affected by the flooding in its target areas, focusing on the immediate shelter, food and sanitation needs experienced by those displaced.
Civil society, business officials and journalist discuss corporate social responsibility and human rights
It is important for private companies and businesses to respect the human rights of those their work impacts. In order to encourage engagement and understanding of this, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Cambodia organised a workshop on Business and Human Rights for Journalists, in cooperation from the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), on August 27 2013. The purpose of this workshop was to raise awareness in the media of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, business responsibility on these matters, and the role of civil society in promoting the implementation of these principles.
Held at the Himawari Hotel in Phnom Penh, the workshop featured the participation of official representatives from the United Nations (UN), civil society, businessmen and national journalists.
DPA’s Executive Director, Mr. Mam Sambath, was invited to speak about the “Role of Civil Society in Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility to Respect Human Rights”.