The government has set February 27 as annual National Clean City Day to remind people to care for the country’s urban areas.
Prime Minister Hun Sen made the announcement in a letter to mark the 6th anniversary of National Clean City Day, which has been held on different dates in the past.
This year’s theme is “clean cities for all”.
“The government has decided to take February 27 to celebrate National Clean City Day every year in order to remind citizens and stakeholders to help keep our cities clean,” Mr Hun Sen said.
He said competitions would be held for the cleanest city, as part of the push to make urban areas more attractive and environmentally friendly.
Late last month, three cities – Battambang, Kep and Siem Reap – received the Asean clean tourism award at the Asean Tourism Forum 2018, which was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Cambodia had entered seven cities into the Asean clean tourism city competition – Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kampot, Kep, Sihanoukville, Battambang and Kampong Cham.
All the locations came out on top in previous national clean city competitions, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
Mr Hun Sen said the government and all Cambodian people must commit to participate with the whole world in order to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
“I want to appeal to all stakeholders, especially ministries, institutes, all levels of authorities, armed forces, the private sector, civil society, development partners and the public to continue to support and compete for clean cities in order to attract more national and international tourists,” said Mr Hun Sen.
He added that he expected all relevant institutes to continue to support the principles of clean cities, good services and good hospitality for tourists.
The Asean clean tourist city standards were endorsed by Cambodia in 2011 following the Asean Tourism Forum in 2011, which has held in Phnom Penh. This set of standards was approved and officially implemented in 2015.
More than 5.6 million international tourists travelled to Cambodia in 2017, an increase of 11.8 percent compared to 2016.