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.  

Open UN House marks United Nations Day

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Vientiane, 25 October 2017 

What comes to your mind when you hear of the United Nations? High-level meetings where world leaders come together to discuss global security issues? Peace-keeping operations in conflict zones? Humanitarian aid in areas hit by disasters?

Vientiane secondary school children found out that the UN is more than that. They learned that the UN is close, in their city, with many employees being members of the local community.  During the Open UN House event, organised on the occasion of United Nations Day on 24 October, the UN in Lao PDR invited 150 Lao school children from four schools around the capital to find out more about the UN and its work. 

UN celebrates World Food Day and International Day and Lao National Week for the Eradication of Poverty

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Vientiane, 17 October 2017 

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the United Nations in Lao PDR inaugurated the celebrations of the World Food Day 16 October and International Day and National Week for the Eradication of Poverty 17 – 24 October dedicated to the theme of “Change the future of Migration. Invest in Food Security and Rural Development” and “a Path Towards Peaceful and Inclusive Societies”.

Lao youth reaches for the stars

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Vientiane, 26 September 2017 

Following your dreams in life takes courage and persistence. The courage to spell out what your heart wishes, to find a way forward, a strategy to make it work, no matter what it takes. The persistence to just keep going, to never lose focus, to shake off doubts and overcome sudden obstacles – until one day, your dream becomes reality. 

Successful Lao young people and those who are on the way to achieving their dreams gathered in Vientiane for an evening of inspiration to discuss what it means to have a goal, and what it takes to achieve it. The event, titled “Future in Focus: What’s your goal?” provided an opportunity for Lao youth to meet some of their role-models, passionate Lao personalities, coming from diverse backgrounds, who are successfully pursuing their dreams, and to hear their stories towards the stars.  The event attracted around 150 people. 

Good practices toward infection freedom: Antibiotic Awareness Week | Storytelling/Photo essay contest

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Vientiane, 8 September 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations invites everyone, especially photo enthusiasts and storytellers, to submit entries to our first storytelling/photo essay contest in celebration of Antibiotic Awareness Week in November.

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