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Cambodia to host East Asia Sea Summit Early December in Sihanoukville

Phnom Penh: Cambodia will host the East Asia Sea Summit on the first and second of December in Sihanoukville, which will be Cambodia's first major event after reopening the country, as announced this week by Prime Minister Hun Sen. The East Asia Sea Summit will also take place with the 7th Ministerial Forum of the East Asia Maritime Environment Management Partnership.

According to the Ministry of Environment, this year East Asia Sea Summit will be under the theme "Charting a New Decade of Hope-Healthy Oceans, People and Economy" and will focus on the sustainable development of the world's oceans. More than 10 countries from around the world is expected to participate in the forum, such as China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and others.

The decision to held the Summit in Sihanoukville is in accordance with its beautiful sceneries of beaches and as a Cambodian model of multi-purpose economic zone and a multinational development city. It is also an opportunity to show Cambodian contribution on regional and international challenges, along with an environmental management and sustainable development.

According to the Ministry of Environment, the main topics to be addressed at the General Assembly include: the implementation of the decisions of the 12th Council Meeting, the implementation of the East Asia Maritime Sustainable Development Strategy, the draft of the 2030 Roadmap Framework, the 2021-2030 Capacity Development Plan, the draft of the Ministerial Statement of East Asian Maritime Countries, and Covid-19 Impact Update on the Organization's Operations.

Since 2003, the East Asia Sea Conference has served as an important forum to bring together ideas on sustainable development of the world's oceans. The biennial event provides a forum for ministerial and high-level technical discussions, as well as opportunities for knowledge sharing between international organizations, banks, sub-national administrations, scientists, youth groups, private companies, educational institutions, NGOs and development partners.

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