Vientiane, 24 February 2016
Enough money, enough food, enough jobs, safety, and justice: The new global development agenda is about dignity respect for all the world's people.
What could be better, then, than making sure those people have a meaningful voice in planning their own future? In Lao PDR, we are actively and creatively engaging citizens in analysing their own issues and crafting their own solutions.
A common vision to achieve sustainable development results
2015 was a special year for Lao PDR: the country marked a number of anniversaries, the new 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2016-2020 with its overall objective of graduation from Least Developed Country status, and the MDG-SDG transition.
The UN country team took advantage of the moment to reinvigorate advocacy for increased citizens' engagement, particularly as we have embarked on the development of a new support strategy, a.k.a. Lao PDR – UN Partnership Framework (UNPF) 2017-2021.
This strategy will not only serve as a common basis and vision for sustainable UN agency interventions, but also demonstrate the importance and power of broad participation for sustainable development results.