He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything

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

A day in my life as a UN Volunteer

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.

The Lao PDR Government Launches a Multi-Sectoral Priority Action Plan in Response to Violence against Children Survey

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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. 

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ລັດຖະບານ ສປປ ລາວ ເຜີຍແຜ່ບູລິມະສິດຫຼາຍຂະແໜງການເພື່ອປະຕິບັດຜົນສໍາຫຼວດການໃຊ້ຄວາມຮຸນ ແຮງຕໍ່ເດັກ

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ໃນພິທີສະເຫຼີມສະຫຼອງວັນເດັກສາກົນ, ພະນະທ່ານ ສອນໄຊ ສີພັນດອນ ຮອງນາຍົກລັດຖະມົນຕີແຫ່ງ ສປປ ລາວ, ປະທານ ຄະນະກຳມາທິການແຫ່ງຊາດເພື່ອຄວາມກ້າວໜ້າຂອງແມ່ຍິງ ແລະ ແມ່-ເດັກ (ຄຊກມດ).ໄດ້ກ່າວເຜີຍແຜ່ ບູລິມະສິດຫຼາຍຂະແໜງການໃນການແກ້ໄຂການໃຊ້ຄວາມຮຸນແຮງຕໍ່ເດັກ ໃນ ສປປ ລາວ. 

Lao PDR finalizes the National Action Plan to eliminate asbestos-related diseases among workers to mark the International Labour Day

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.”

Unexploded Ordnance, an obstacle to development

How graduation from Least Developed Country status is linked to Lao PDR’s war legacy 

Vientiane, 4 April 2018
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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.   

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ລະເບີດບໍ່ທັນແຕກ ເປັນອຸປະສັກຕໍ່ການພັດທະນາ

ການຫຼຸດພົ້ນອອກຈາກສະຖານະພາບປະເທດດ້ອຍພັດທະນາ ມີຄວາມກ່ຽວພັນແນວໃດ ຕໍ່ກັບມໍລະດົກຕົກທອດຈາກສົງຄາມຂອງ ສປປ ລາວ 

ນະຄອນຫຼວງວຽງຈັນ, 4 ເມສາ   2018
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ເມື່ອບໍ່ດົນມານີ້, ສປປ ລາວ ໄດ້ບັນລຸເງື່ອນໄຂ ແລະ ມາດຕະຖານ ໃນການຫຼຸດພົ້ນອອກຈາກສະຖານະພາບປະເທດດ້ອຍພັດທະນາ ເປັນຄັ້ງທຳອິດໃນນັ້ນ, ສປປ ລາວ ໄດ້ບັນລຸສອງໃນສາມເງື່ອນໄຂຂອງການຫຼຸດພົ້ນອອກຈາກສະຖານະພາບປະເທດດ້ອຍພັດທະນາຄື: ຍອດລາຍໄດ້ແຫ່ງຊາດຕໍ່ຫົວຄົນ ແລະ ດັດຊະນີຊັບສິນມະນຸດ ແລະ ທີ່ມໍ່ໆມານີ້ແມ່ນກໍາລັງຈະກ້າວສູ່ການບັນລຸເກນມາດຖານດັດຊະນີຄວາມອ່ອນໄຫວດ້ານເສດຖະກິດ. ນີ້ເປັນຄວາມສຳເລັດທີ່ຍິ່ງໃຫຍ່ ທີ່ຄາດວ່າຈະນໍາເອົາອະນາຄົດທີ່ສົດໃສ່ມາສູ່ປະເທດ ແລະ ປະຊາຊົນລາວບັນດາເຜົ່າ ແຕ່ວ່າ ໃນຂະນະດຽວກັນ ກໍບໍ່ໄດ້ໝາຍຄວາມວ່າ ພວກເຮົາຈະຕ້ອງໄດ້ຢຸດເຊົາພຽງເທົ່ານີ້ ເນື່ອງຈາກວ່າ ສປປ ລາວ ຍັງຈະຕ້ອງໄດ້ຮັກສາລະດັບການພັດທະນາໃຫ້ດີຂຶ້ນໄປເລື້ອຍໆ ເພື່ອໃຫ້ບັນລຸການຫຼຸດພົ້ນອອກຈາກສະຖານະພາບປະເທດດ້ອຍພັດທະນາຕາມລະດັບຄາດໝາຍທີ່ວາງໄວ້ທີ່ແທ້ຈິງ. 

ເງື່ອນໄຂການຫຼຸດພົ້ນອອກຈາກສະຖານະພາບປະເທດດ້ອຍພັດທະນາ ມີຄວາມກ່ຽວພັນຢ່າງສະໜິດແໜ້ນຕໍ່ກັບບັນຫາລະເບີດບໍ່ທັນແຕກ (ລບຕ) ທີ່ເປັນອຸປະສັກຕໍ່ການພັດທະນາຂອງ ສປປ ລາວ. ລະເບີດຫຼາຍລ້ານໜ່ວຍທີ່ຖິ້ມໃສ່ແຜ່ນດິນລາວຕະຫຼອດຫຼາຍທົດສະວັດທີ່ຜ່ານມາ ຍັງຕົກຄ້າງຢູ່ຕາມພື້ນທີ່ຕ່າງ,ສາມາດແຕກຂຶ້ນໄດ້ ແລະ ສ້າງຄວາມເສຍຫາຍໃຫ້ແກ່ປະເທດຊາດ. 

Lao PDR’s eligibility for graduation from LDC status confirmed

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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.

Lao PDR’s eligibility for graduation from LDC status confirmed_Lao

​​ອົງການສະຫະປະຊາຊາດ ຢືນຢັນ ວ່າ ສປປ ລາວ ໄດ້ເງື່ອນໄຂ ແລະ ມາດຕະຖານ ໃນການຫຼຸດພົ້ນອອກຈາກສະຖານະພາບຂອງການເປັນປະເທດດ້ອຍພັດທະນາ.

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ນະຄອນຫຼວງວຽງຈັນ, 19 ມີນາ 2018

ຄະນະກຳມະການ ວ່າດ້ວຍນະໂຍບາຍເພື່ອການພັດທະນາ, ຊຶ່ງເປັນໜ່ວຍງານສະເພາະກິດໜຶ່ງ  ຂອງ ສະພາເສດຖະກິດ-ສັງຄົມ ອົງການສະຫະປະຊາຊາດ ​​ຕັ້ງຢູ່ນິວຢອກ ໄດ້ປະກາດວ່າ ສປ ລາວປະຕິບັດໄດ້ຕາມເງື່ອນໄຂ ແລະ ມາດຕະຖານ ຂອງອົງການ ສະຫະປະຊາຊາດໃນການຫຼຸດພົ້ນອອກຈາກສະຖານະພາບຂອງການເປັນປະເທດດ້ອຍພັດທະນາ ຄັ້ງທຳອິດ.

“Human Library” lends a voice to invisible women_Lao

ຫໍສະໝຸດບຸກຄົນ ເປັນກະບອກສຽງໃຫ້ແກ່ແມ່ຍິງທີ່ຍັງດ້ອຍໂອກາດ


ສະຫວັນນະເຂດ, 9 ມີນາ 2018  english button

“ລາວຕ້ອງເຮັດເກັ່ງໃສ່ຜົວລາວແຫຼະ ຜົວລາວຈິ່ງຕີ”, “ແມ່ຍິງທີ່ຕາບອດ ເປັນ ຄົນທີ່ບໍ່ມີປະໂຫຍດ, ພວກເຂົາເຈົ້າເຮັດວຽກບໍ່ໄດ້ ແລະ ຄວນພັກຜ່ອນຢູ່ບ້ານ”, “ເຈົ້າມີຄອບຄົວມີລູກ ບໍ່ໄດ້ດອກ ຖ້າວ່າເຈົ້າຕິດເຊື້ອເອສໄອວີ”, “ເມື່ອຫຼົງເຂົ້າໄປຕິດຢາແລ້ວ ກັບຄືນມາມີຊີວິດປົກກະຕິບໍ່ໄດ້ດອກ” - ນີ້ແມ່ນບາງ ທັດສະນະຄະຕິກ່ຽວກັບແມ່ຍິງທີ່ມາຈາກກຸ່ມຄົນທີ່ດ້ອຍໂອກາດ ເຊິ່ງເປັນຜູ້ທີ່ພວກເຮົາບໍ່ເຫັນ ບໍ່ໄດ້ຍິນ ແລະ ເປັນຜູ້ທີ່ ສັງຄົມບໍ່ຄ່ອຍສົນໃຈ. ອັກຄະຕິກ່ຽວກັບແມ່ຍິງເຫຼົ່ານີ້ ໄດ້ຈຳກັດໂອກາດ ແລະ ເພີ່ມຄວາມຫຍຸ້ງຍາກ ໃຫ້ຊີວິດຂອງ ພວກເຂົາເຈົ້າໃນແຕ່ລະມື້. 

“Human Library” lends a voice to invisible women

Savannakhet, 9 March 2018
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“She must have provoked her husband to beat her up”, “Blind women are helpless, they cannot work and should stay at home”, “You cannot have a family and children if you are HIV positive”, “Once addicted to drugs, one can never return to a normal life” - These are only some of the stereotypes associated with women from disadvantaged groups, who we do not see, do not hear and who are usually ignored by society. The prevalent prejudices many of these women encounter every day contribute to limiting their opportunities and add on the difficulties they are already experiencing.

Little bird, conveying big messages

Vientiane, 13 February, 2018

In remote communities where access to mass media is difficult and limited, community radio plays an important role in providing rural populations with relevant development information that addresses their common needs. A joint project of the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism of Lao PDR, helps improve access to information and public services for marginalized rural communities. The stations are entirely run by volunteers from the communities, a diverse bunch of inspired, mostly young people, eager to learn and contribute their time and energy. They know the communities, people and various ethnic languages.

Nokna Douangpanya is a National UN Volunteer who is responsible for mobilizing local volunteers, training them, and running the radio programmes.  Ricefield bird, that’s the meaning of Nokna’s name, has been serving as a UN Volunteer in a remote Thatheng district, Sekong province of southern Laos for more than two years. 

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