Women’s invisible burden: The struggle for dignified and meaningful livelihoods in the informal sector in Lao PDR

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My thoughts on World Wetlands Day

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Vientiane, 1 February 2017

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. This day marks the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971. Every year since 1997, communities and government organisations have been raising public awareness of the value and benefit of wetlands on this day. The Ramsar Convention is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran where the agreement was signed.

One in seven people worldwide a migrant

Vientiane, 16 December 2016

The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and its partners convened today for a policy seminar on the occasion of International Migrants Day. With more people living away from their countries of origin than ever before, migration is becoming a key issue at global discussions. 

Two new reports examine graduation from Least Developed Country status

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Vientiane, 13 December 2016

Lao PDR’s 5th National Human Development Report and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development´s (UNCTAD) Least Developed Countries Report 2016 were launched on Tuesday by Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment, and Ms. Kaarina Immonen, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. The launch was attended by government officials from line ministries and development partners.

Photo story: History and passion unite for Climate Action

Vientiane, 13 December 2016

On an ordinary day, the Mekong riverbank in Vientiane was shaken up by an inspiring performance with an important message.

Three UN agencies renew their commitment to the development of Lao PDR

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Vientiane, 12 December 2016

UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF jointly signed a Letter of Agreement on the implementation of their new country programme documents with officials from the Government. 

Hands Up for #HIV Prevention

Vientiane, 1 December 2016

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The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day marked on 1 December is Hands Up for #HIV Prevention. Globally, there are 36.7 million people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), with an average of 2.1 million new cases per year. 

Step into the reality of a UXO clearance team

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Vientiane, 30 November 2016

UNDP Lao PDR has taken UXO Lao's 20th anniversary as an opportunity to produce UNDP's first Virtual Reality film and put the viewer right into the field, with a demining team. Through the power of virtual reality, we witness the extreme work of this team, and follow Saysamone, the team leader and her crew.

Lao PDR joins race against the clock to overcome antimicrobial resistance

Vientiane, 17 November 2016

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Lao PDR, along with other countries around the world, is determined to take immediate action to combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Globally and in the region, the pledge to combat AMR was made with the support and collaboration of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in a tripartite partnership. 

Lao PDR’s first-ever flashmob inspires climate action

Vientiane, 2 November 2016 

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 Young actors, dancers and volunteers from around the world gathered on the Mekong river-bank with an unprecedented surprise performance to stimulate action on climate change and celebrate International Volunteers Day.

Speech by Ms. Kaarina Immonen, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in the closing session of the RTIM 2016

Vientiane Province, 25 November 2016

The Government of Lao PDR and partners agree priority actions for development

Vientiane, 25 November 2016 

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 Round Table Implementation Meeting in Vientiane Province pursues accelerated development. 

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Lao PDR then & now

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The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation commends Lao PDR’s partnership mechanisms for more effective development co-operation.

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