“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. 

A day at the United Nations in Lao PDR

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We are open! Have you been to the United Nations in Lao PDR yet? Nidnapha and Yingyoth, school kids from Vientiane capital, have been there and have something interesting to tell you… 

Wetlands in Vientiane Capital

Wetlands and the paradox of urban development

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Vientiane, 2 February 2018 

At times, the quest for rapid growth and developmental success in our cities can undermine their very foundations. Take the case of Vientiane, a city seemingly on the up. You can see this at street level: flash new coffee shops opening every week, building sites for condominiums promise a revolution in luxurious urban living standards. 

Blood donation drive to mark International Volunteer Day sees large turnout of donors

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Vientiane, 15 December 2017 

More than 500 Vientiane citizens from all walks of life celebrated the International Volunteer Day by making an act of volunteerism and donating blood during the Volunteers Act First: Give Blood, Save Lives event. 

The International Volunteer Day (IVD), established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985, is an initiative where thousands of people all around the world celebrate volunteerism and commemorate its contribution to building the world we want. This year’s campaign aims to promote the contributions of volunteers as first responders in times of crisis.  

Leave No One behind: Advocacy on ending violence against women and girls and ways to reducing HIV impact

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Vientiane, 7 December 2017 

In commeroration of the International Day for Ending Violence against Women and Girls (25 November) and in recognition of the World AIDS Day (1 December), Lao National Commission for Advancement of Women and Mother-Child (NCAWMC) in collaboration with the Committee for Advancement of Women of Ministry of Education and Sports  (MOES) and UN Women and UNAIDS,  organized an inspring event on 7 December at the Dong Khamxang Teacher Training Center.  The theme  for the event was  “Leave no one behind: Advocacy on Ending Violence against Women and Girls on ways to Reducing HIV impact”. 

What does the international Climate Conference COP 23 mean for Lao PDR?

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Vientiane, 11 December 2017

A delegation from Lao PDR participated in the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23), held in Germany in November. Lao PDR’s delegation took part in negotiations on implementing the Paris Agreement and to present the country’s own implementation progress in three side events, discussing issues of circular economy, South-South cooperation and Nationally Determined Contributions. 

World AIDS Day 2017 promotes “Right to Health”

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Vientiane, 1 December 2017 

 

This year’s World AIDS Day campaign promotes the theme “Right to Health” and the challenges that the 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV face in realising their rights.

The right to health is interrelated with a range of other rights, including rights to clean water, sanitation, decent housing, and access to health services, food, clean environment and safe working conditions. 

Volunteers break stereotypes and inspire Lao youth

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Vientiane, 30 November 2017 

Volunteers are young people, with no experience, waiting for a better opportunity – is the usual stereotype about volunteers. An event named “Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.”, held in Vientiane on 24 November, aimed to break this stereotype by initiating a vivid discussion among youth who joined the event looking for answers to their numerous questions. 

 

UN Special Rapporteur reports on child protection in Lao PDR

Geneva, 20 November 2017 

Lao has made good progress on child protection but must do more to tackle a range of problems including child trafficking, forced marriage, prostitution, online sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation by travellers, a UN human rights expert has concluded after visiting the country.  

The Round Table Implementation Meeting 2017 in Pakse, Champasak advocates for enhanced partnerships to realize LDC graduation and achieve SDGs

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Champasak, 23 November 2017 – The Round Table Implementation Meeting 2017 took place in Pakse, Champasak this year. H.E Mr. Somdy Douangdy, Deputy Prime Minister of Lao PDR and Minister of Finance, and H.E. Mr. Haoliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Development Programme Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific officially opened the meeting. The Round Table Meeting continued with co-chairs H.E. Dr. Souphanh Keomixay, Minister of Planning and Investment, H.E. Dr. Bounthong Divixay, Governor of Champasak Province and Ms. Kaarina Immonen, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative. More than 300 participants were present, including high-ranking government officials from the central and provincial levels, development partners, representatives from the private sector, as well as national and international non-profit organizations.

Round Table Implementation Meeting set to take stock of Lao PDR’s development progress

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Partners will meet in Pakse on 22-23 November for the annual development cooperation forum 

Vientiane, 13 November 2017 – At a press conference at the Lao Journalist Association in Vientiane capital, the Government and the United Nations announced the annual Round Table Implementation Meeting to take place in Pakse, Champasack on 22-23 November.  

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