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. 

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.

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