A large percentage of Lao PDR’s formally employed workers rely on semi-subsistence agriculture and do not earn enough to lift themselves out of poverty. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR

Safety, health and well-being of Lao PDR's workers on the rise

Vientiane, 5 April 2016

Last week the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in Lao PDR, in partnership with the World Health Organization took steps to improve the country's occupational health and safety laws by holding a review meeting with stakeholders from the government, the Federation of Trade Unions, the National Chamber of Commerce and development partners to review the current regulations. 

World Water Day highlights Laos' water challenges

Vientiane, 22 March 2016

Water is one of the most essential substances for life on Earth. All plants and animals need access to clean water to survive and thrive. Humans place enormous pressure on the world's finite water resources and when communities don't have access to clean and reliable water supply, they experience many challenges.

Angry Birds help UN encourage climate action

 22 March 2016 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Red from the Angry Birds as Honorary Ambassador for Green on the International Day of Happiness and encouraged young people to take action on climate change and make the Angry Birds happy.

Landmark Report: Violence against women a ‘hidden scourge’ in Lao PDR

Vientiane, 10 March 2016

A landmark report has revealed that almost a third of women in Lao People’s Democratic Republic have experienced physical violence, sexual violence or emotional abuse at the hands of their partners, in most cases their husbands.

Message from the Secretary-General on International Women's Day: 'From the Glass Ceiling to a Carpet of Shards'

New York, 8 March 2016

As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear.

Greater partnerships and new forms of development financing essential for inclusive growth and graduation from LDC status

Vientiane, 26 February 2016

The Government of Lao PDR and the United Nations share an update on the implementation of the outcomes of the country's main development forum.

The wisdom of crowds: Asking the citizens in Lao PDR

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. 

Breaking Laos’ polio cycle

Vientiane, 22 February 2016

Stopping the spread of vaccine derived poliovirus in Laos' upland communities.

Help to shape the UN's development work in Lao PDR

Vientiane, 22 February 2016

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Global opportunities and challenges impact Lao PDR’s development

Vientiane, 16 February 2016

Recently published UN reports allow for insight into global trends of work and challenges in rural development across the world, which are of relevance to existing and emerging national strategies and policies.

Development gains need to be spread more evenly to leave no one behind

Vientiane, 29 November 2015 

UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group Helen Clark speaks out on sustainable and inclusive growth for Lao PDR.

New Partnership Declaration to guide development action in Lao PDR to 2025

Vientiane, 27 November 2015 

The Government and its development partners have endorsed a new ten-year framework for development co-operation in Lao PDR today.

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