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.

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. 

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