Cambodia and UNDP Launch Accelerator Labs Initiative

UN Development Programme (UNDP) Accelerator Labs were officially launched in Cambodia yesterday.

The launching ceremony took place in Phnom Penh under the presidency of H.E. Youk Bunna, Secretary of State for Civil Service, H.E. Hiv Chunneath, Secretary of State for Information, who highly represented H.E. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information, and Mr. Nick Beresford, UNDP Resident Representative.

The Accelerator Labs introduce a new way of working in development to test and scale sustainable solutions to these complex 21st century challenges.

The Accelerator Labs are a new service offering that works with people, governments, and private sector to re-imagine the current development approach. With 60 teams across the globe, the Accelerator Labs aim at building the largest and fastest global learning network on development challenges.

We all need to be faster and more entrepreneurial if we are going to hit the sustainable development goals by 2030. The Accelerator Labs in Cambodia and in 59 other countries is how UNDP is meeting that challenge, re-energising our work and our provision of development solutions, said Mr. Nick Beresford.

Speaking at the launch event, H.E. Benjamin KnAldler, Counsellor at the Embassy of Germany to Cambodia raised that if we want to end poverty and stop climate change by 2030, we need to move beyond business as usual, be creative and accelerate our efforts. This is what the UNDP Accelerator Labs are meant to achieve – in Cambodia and worldwide.

The official launch brought together a broad range of actors including the Royal Government, startups, non-governmental organisations, academia, private sector and the United Nations agencies, to showcase local innovation across sectors and introduce new approaches to development challenges.

UNDP is seeking additional partners and investment to expand its portfolio to test and grow a variety of solutions that match the aspiration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press