Investing in adolescent girls for a better future

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Vientiane, 11 July 2016

World Population Day is celebrated every 11th of July in over 90 countries around the world. The day seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, particularly in the context of overall development. 

Addressing violence against women: Moderate costs and high returns

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Vientiane, 30 June 2016

Lao PDR is committed to ending violence against women. The country has a new Action Plan (2014) and Law (2015) addressing the issue. The first-ever prevalence study of violence against women in Lao PDR was completed in 2015 and launched in 2016, and it showed that violence against women in Lao PDR is culturally highly tolerated.

SDG kickoff - A photo story

Vientiane, 15 June 2016

Read our photo story on how we engage with the Sustainable Development Goals in Lao PDR.

Partnerships and fresh, local perspectives essential for SDGs implementation

Vientiane, 23 May 2016

The UN in Lao PDR has recently staged two events focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), drawing on expertise from the community to find ways to adopt the SDGs to Lao realities.

Close the immunisation gap

Vientiane, 10 May 2016

In time for the World Immunisation Week (24-30 April), the Lao Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have issued a fresh call to promote the use of life-saving vaccines for all families and communities in Lao PDR.

UN: Increasing productivity is key to revive economic growth in Asia-Pacific

Vientiane, 5 May 2016

As nations begin implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the next phase of Asia-Pacific economic growth should be driven by broad-based productivity gains. 

A large percentage of Lao PDR’s formally employed workers rely on semi-subsistence agriculture and do not earn enough to lift themselves out of poverty. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR

Safety, health and well-being of Lao PDR's workers on the rise

Vientiane, 5 April 2016

Last week the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in Lao PDR, in partnership with the World Health Organization took steps to improve the country's occupational health and safety laws by holding a review meeting with stakeholders from the government, the Federation of Trade Unions, the National Chamber of Commerce and development partners to review the current regulations. 

World Water Day highlights Laos' water challenges

Vientiane, 22 March 2016

Water is one of the most essential substances for life on Earth. All plants and animals need access to clean water to survive and thrive. Humans place enormous pressure on the world's finite water resources and when communities don't have access to clean and reliable water supply, they experience many challenges.

Angry Birds help UN encourage climate action

 22 March 2016 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Red from the Angry Birds as Honorary Ambassador for Green on the International Day of Happiness and encouraged young people to take action on climate change and make the Angry Birds happy.

Landmark Report: Violence against women a ‘hidden scourge’ in Lao PDR

Vientiane, 10 March 2016

A landmark report has revealed that almost a third of women in Lao People’s Democratic Republic have experienced physical violence, sexual violence or emotional abuse at the hands of their partners, in most cases their husbands.

Message from the Secretary-General on International Women's Day: 'From the Glass Ceiling to a Carpet of Shards'

New York, 8 March 2016

As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear.

Greater partnerships and new forms of development financing essential for inclusive growth and graduation from LDC status

Vientiane, 26 February 2016

The Government of Lao PDR and the United Nations share an update on the implementation of the outcomes of the country's main development forum.

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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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