Regular labour migration links to more benefits for migrant workers and their families than irregular migration according to a new UNDP/ILO report on migrant work experiences from Lao People’s Democratic Republic to Thailand.
To celebrate United Nations Day 2018, the UN in Lao PDR and the Lao Youth Union co-hosted an event for young Laotians on healthy and responsible lifestyles
Lao PDR’s first Voluntary National Review is presented at the UN High-Level Political Forum in New York
Vientiane/New York, 17 July 2018
Three years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, H.E. Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, has presented the country’s first Voluntary National Review on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN High-Level Political Forum, which takes place on 16-18 July 2018 in New York. Lao PDR is one of 47 Member States presenting their national review this year.
Vientiane, 27 June 2018
The Lao Statistics Bureau and the Ministry of Planning and Investment, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and Sports, and with technical support from UNICEF and UNFPA, launched today the Lao Social Indicator Survey (LSIS-II). This is the largest effort to date to measure the country’s progress on social development.
Silvia Illescas, our UN Volunteer from Nicaragua, shares her experiences of working for World Health Organization in Lao PDR
Vientiane, 21 June 2018
My journey as a UN volunteer started when I arrived in Laos in May 2016. The idea of me moving to a small developing country in Southeast Asia to help the World Health Organization fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria was not exactly shocking to my friends. They had seen me volunteer for various projects in Nicaragua before.
Vientiane, 1 June 2018
In this photo story, Norah Ngeny, International UN Volunteer takes us into the countryside of Lao PDR and shows us how UN is helping the Lao government protect local dry dipterocarp forests.
At an event organised on the occasion of International Children’s Day, His Excellency, Sonxay Siphandone, Deputy Prime Minister, President of the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children, launched a multi-sectoral response with priority actions to address violence against children in Lao PDR.
Vientiane, 30 April 2018
The health of workers in Lao PDR was of key concern in the multi-sectoral consultation meeting to raise awareness on importance of banning chrysotile asbestos, and jointly finalise a National Action Plan to reduce and mitigate asbestos-related diseases in the country.
Relevant stakeholders from the government, non-government organizations and development partners participated actively in the discussion on how to protect the worker and stop the exposure. Urgent action is required to prevent the extended use of asbestos as a construction material and ban all forms of asbestos to protect lives, support safer economic growth and ensure social stability in the country.
Dr Juliet Fleischl, WHO Representative to Lao PDR said “All forms of asbestos can cause cancer in humans, and no threshold has been identified for the carcinogenic risks. This is the conclusion reached by experts from WHO and IARC following a series of authoritative international assessments conducted over a period of more than 15 years.”
How graduation from Least Developed Country status is linked to Lao PDR’s war legacy
Lao PDR has just recently fulfilled, for the first time, the eligibility criteria to graduate from Least Developed Country (LDC) status. It has passed two of the three criteria for graduation: Gross National Income per capita and the Human Assets Index, and has come close to passing the threshold for the Economic Vulnerability Index. This is a remarkable achievement which predicts a bright future for the country and its people – but, at the same time, it is by no means a time to lean back and rest. The level of development needs to be sustained in the coming years for graduation to happen.
The LDC graduation criteria are linked to a significant obstacle to Lao PDR’s development: unexploded ordnance (UXO). Many of the bombs that were dropped on Lao PDR decades ago still lie in the ground, active and treacherous.
Vientiane, 19 March 2018
The Committee for Development Policy has announced that Lao PDR has fulfilled the eligibility criteria to graduate from Least Developed Country (LDC) status for the first time.