Shaping a sustainable future, together

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Vientiane, 10 July 2017

“Having a goal isn’t wishing. It isn’t a faint hope or a vague dream that someday we’ll have or do or be. No, having a goal is much, much more” – this is the opening message of a new film, titled This is Development: The Sustainable Development Goals in Lao PDR. The film was released today by the United Nations in Lao PDR, showing how the people of Laos pursue their goals and dreams, committed with hearts and minds. 

Lao PDR launches a new Decent Work Country Programme focusing on jobs creation and rights at work

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Vientiane, 30 May 2017

Lao PDR has launched today its second Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) which will cover the period 2017-2021. The document was signed by senior representatives of the Government, the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) and the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU). This new country programme aims to promote inclusive and sustainable development through employment creation and skills development, the application of labour standards, the extension of social protection, and the promotion of social dialogue. 

European Union and UNICEF support the fight against malnutrition in Lao PDR


Vientiane, 15 May 2017

The Government of Lao PDR marks its commitment for stunting reduction among children under five years old through a multi-sectorial convergence approach.

UN: Direct link between effective governance and economic growth

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Vientiane, 12 May 2017

Effective governance and improved fiscal management are essential to sustaining robust economic growth and improving its quality, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) says in its annual flagship report. The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017 highlights that despite a broadly positive economic outlook for 2017, Asia-Pacific economies are vulnerable to rising global uncertainty and trade protectionism. 

A landmark event: The first national family planning conference in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

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Vientiane, 3 May 2017

Lao People’s Democratic Republic held its first-ever national family planning conference, with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), a global initiative. Other UN partners, such as UNICEF, WHO and UNAIDS participated actively in the event. 

Helping survivors of human trafficking reintegrate across the Mekong countries

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Bangkok, 7 April 2017

Today a new tool to support the reintegration of trafficking survivors was released by NEXUS Institute, the United Nations Action for Cooperation Against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT) and World Vision. The guidebook - Supporting the Reintegration of Trafficked Persons: A Guidebook for the Greater Mekong Sub-Region - is for practitioners from government and non-government organizations alike, to address weaknesses in the current frameworks of victim assistance and reintegration in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS: Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam). 

Don’t drive when you drink - a responsibility to yourself and other road users

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Vientiane, 6 April 2017

As Lao New Year approaches, the time of festivities and merrymaking should not be marred with calamity. Refrain from driving when drinking alcohol, and don’t speed! 

Every year, 337,000 people are killed in the Western Pacific Region as a result of road traffic crashes. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged 15–44 years, and 3 out of 4 road traffic death victims are males. Million more people like Mr. Khamsouk suffer non-fatal injuries, incurring a disability as a result of their injury.

United Nations, UNICEF and Smurfs team up to celebrate International Day of Happiness

Vientiane, 24 March 2017

The Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign inspires support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and invites young people around the world to learn more about the SDGs. To encourage the discussion about sustainable development in Lao PDR, the UN in Lao PDR is running a social media campaign with the help of the Smurfs, introducing each goal separately, including Lao PDR’s own national SDG 18 on "Lives safe from UXO". 

UNDP Chief stresses importance of human development for graduation from Least Developed Country status

Vientiane, 14 March 2017

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator and Chair of the United Nations Development Group Helen Clark highlights progress in Lao PDR’s sustainable development.

Every job is a woman's job

Vientiane, 9 March 2017

The excitement and anticipation of a group of twenty-one students at Vientiane High School were tangible when they finally saw the prints of their photographs spread out on a table in their class. In the context of International Women’s Day 2017, UN Women and the International Labour Organisation ILO had asked them to participate in an awareness-raising project with the topic “All women are working women”. Students went out to take photos around this theme and the resulting images show the full bandwidth of female labor in Lao PDR: Working women on the photos include mothers, nurses, street vendors, and weavers – all of them contributors to the country’s economy.

Clear lands, safe people – illusion or reality?

Vientiane, 01 March 2017 

Imagine a country of mountainous landscapes, lush green forests and quietly flowing rivers. Imagine its people, who sport their positive attitude like a national badge. Imagine their broad smile as they appreciate the peace they have enjoyed, for the best part of 40 years.

Thai Princess Becomes UNODC Goodwill Ambassador on the Rule of Law for Southeast Asia

Bangkok (Thailand), 14 February 2017 

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime today appointed Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand as Goodwill Ambassador on the Rule of Law for Southeast Asia to raise the profile of, and support for, development efforts that address the impact of crime on society, and that contribute to justice reform. HRH Princess Mahidol has supported UNODC efforts in the region over recent years, increasing visibility and mobilizing partnerships, most recently promoting the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda. 

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