The Sustainable Development Goals in the context of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Date: November2015

The Sustainable Development Goals in the context of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic - Discussion Paper

This is an analysis to inform discussion between the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and the United Nations (UN) on the adaptation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to Lao PDR. As a first step, this paper reviews the SDGs in the context of UN cooperation with the Lao PDR (i.e., not including national programmes or the cooperation programmes with other development partners). It maps out the links between the newly adopted international goals and indicative country level outcome and programmatic areas. The outcome and programmatic areas are therefore not prescriptive or definitive, but meant to serve as the basis for further discussion. The Conclusion section sketches out the next steps for using these tables. The Annex provides the complete list of SDGs as adopted by the United Nations in September 2015.

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MDG Summary Report

MDG Summary Review

Date: September 2015

The Lao PDR has already achieved or will achieve by the end of 2015 the MDG targets on poverty and hunger reduction. It has achieved universal access to primary education, and gender equity in primary education. Lao PDR has achieved the international MDG target of reducing its maternal mortality ratio by 75 percent and has achieved its own national target on reducing child mortality.

This Review summarizes the achievements and the lessons learnt from the MDG implementation process in Lao PDR, and reflects on strengths and areas in need of improvement. The Review aims to contribute to the dialogue on the post-2015 agenda in Lao PDR.

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Lao PDR Round Table meeting - November 2014

Date: November 2014

More than 200 representatives from the Government and the development partner community took part in today's Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) to review the country's development progress and cooperation.

The 2014 RTIM, themed "Accelerating the achievement of the 7th NSEDP/MDGs and LDC graduation" was opened by the Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Somdy Douangdy, Minister of Planning and Investment, and co-chaired by Ms. Kaarina Immonen, United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Lao PDR.

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UN Country Team Statement

Pakse, Lao PDR Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Date: September 2014

UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative promotes enhanced climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing country cities. This document is an initial output of the Cities and Climate Change Initiative activities in Pakse, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. This abridged report is based on the report titled: “Pakse, People’s Democratic Republic – Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment”. Starting with a brief background of the city, this report addresses Pakse’s climate change situation from a comprehensive vulnerability perspective that focuses on exposure to climate change hazards, socio-economic sensitivities and the adaptive capacities of the city and its stakeholders. Based on this analysis the report identifies vulnerable people, places and sectors and provides preliminary climate change adaptation options.

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Inter Agency Contingency Plan (IACP)

Date: May 2014

Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) is prone to a number of hazards; in particular storms and flooding that occur frequently and leave in their wake a significant social and economic impact. In the past five wet seasons, Lao PDR has experienced serious storms and flooding each year with the exception of 2012. Based on this high risk and the recommendation from the After Action Review of the Mekong flooding in 2008 and tropical storm Ketsana in 2009 to improve coordination among the Lao Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) members, and between the IASC and the Government, the IASC decided to enhance common preparedness for potential future disasters and develop an Inter-Agency Contingency Plan (IACP).

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Laos On Canvas Submission Form

Date: April 2014

Please download the Submission Form for Laos On Canvas Drawing Competition here

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Date: January 16th, 2014

an electronic version of 9 MDGs Factsheets is available here

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MDGs Progress Report for the Lao PDR 2013

Date: October 2013

In line with international commitments made at the Millennium Summit in September 2000, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic has streamlined the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into its National Development Plans and the previous Progress Reports on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals have been prepared in 2004 and 2008 respectively.

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Least Developed Country (LDC) Pamphlet 2012

Date: 4 July 2012

The States designated by the United Nations as “Least Developed Countries” (LDCs), 48 countries at present, account for 12 percent of the global population, but only 0.8 percent of global wealth as measured through world GDP.

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Date: 4 July 2012

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic stands at an historic juncture, facing a unique opportunity for its people to embrace a future of economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental sustainability. The United Nations Country Team and the Government of Lao PDR pledge to work closely together to support the fulfilment of the country’s development priorities.

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Accelerating Equitable Achievements of the MDGs 2011-2012

Date: 2011 / 2012

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) promotes regioneral cooperation for inclusive and sustainable econonic and social development in Asia and the Pacific, a dynamic region characterized by growing wealth, diversity and change, but also challenged with persistent poverty, environmental degradation, inequality and insecurity.

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