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14 Jul 2017 description

Lao PDR’s own national Sustainable Development Goal 18 guides next phase of collaboration between UNDP and UXO sector

11 Jul 2017 description

Key Figures

  • 6.8 million population (2016) 50.2% Female 49.8% Male

  • 23.2% poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of population 2012)

  • US$2,353 lower middle-income GDP per capita (2016)

Overview

Lao PDR is vulnerable to recurrent, sudden-onset and slow onset natural disasters with floods as well as storms and typhoons causing the most serious humanitarian impacts.

08 Jul 2017 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2017 – Lao PDR is taking steps to lessen the impact of natural disasters and will continue to improve the country’s national water resources management systems, in partnership with the World Bank. The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved financing support of $30 million for the Lao PDR Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Project and $25 million of additional funding for the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management (MIWRM) Project.

05 Jul 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Main 2017 season started under generally favourable weather conditions

  • Rice imports to decrease in 2017

Main 2017 season started under generally favourable weather conditions

16 Jun 2017 description
report Irish Aid

Ireland has a long-standing commitment to disarmament and non-proliferation, reflected in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Foreign Policy where it is one of Ireland’s five Signature Foreign Policies.

The Government of Ireland’s support, through the Irish Aid programme, to humanitarian demining and the clearance of unexploded ordnance (UXO), including weapons and ammunition disposal, helps poor countries to reduce risks to civilians from remnants of past conflicts, including anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions.

30 May 2017 description

Vientiane – The Safe Delivery app, symbolizing the power of mobile technology, will soon be in the hands of midwives in Lao People’s Democratic Republic to help make childbirth safer for women across the country, even in the most remote areas.

The innovative smartphone application provides skilled birth attendants with direct and instant access to evidence-based and up-to-date clinical guidelines on basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care (BEmONC), to handle potentially life-threatening complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

29 May 2017 description

Executive Summary

Lao People’s Democratic Republic is moving towards middle-income country status. Economic growth is strong, with reduced poverty and a decline in the proportion of hungry people. However, the country is behind on stunting reduction, and one-fifth of the population consumes less than the minimum dietary energy requirements.

29 May 2017 description

The Emergency Committee of the International Health Regulations removes Lao PDR from list of infected countries

As of May 2017, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) is officially no longer infected with circulating-vaccine derived polio virus (cVDPV), according to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee on the international spread of poliovirus.

28 Apr 2017 description

Senior officials of the four Member Countries from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam gathered at Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, during 26-27 April 2017 for the Forty-Fifth Meeting of The Joint (JC) of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to deliberate on key issues and activities of the MRC.

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • The U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) delegation from Bangkok visited WFP/USDA- supported schools in Luang Prabang province. The mission had the opportunity to witness the shift from the mid-morning snack to the lunch modality, as part of the alignment with the National School Meals Programme.

28 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Country Strategic Plan (2017-2021) has been approved by the February Executive Board. A Lao delegation, led by the Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment attended the Executive Board session, and reaffirmed their commitment to the Country Strategic Plan (CSP), which will start on 1 April 2017.

09 Mar 2017 description

CHF 128,687 was allocated from the IFRC’s DREF to respond to the humanitarian needs of households affected the floods. In all, the operation utilized CHF 125,483 or 97.5 per cent of the allocation. The unspent balance of CHF 3,204 will be returned to the DREF pot. The variance shown on the food budget line is mainly due to an increased in procurement and distribution of rice (▲ by 1,920 kg after field assessment) and the price of rice and fish (▲ by CHF 0.09 and CHF 0.07 per unit respectively due to the market cost and cost of living announced by government).

03 Mar 2017 description

Handicap International's first Mapathon, organized in partnership with CartONG, took place on February 15, 2017 at our Federation headquarters in Lyon, France.

In only 3 hours, the participants were able to map an amazing 320 km of roads and tracks and 130 populated areas (villages or hamlets) in Nong district, Laos.

01 Mar 2017 description

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.

This country exists. A country with one of the kindest people I have ever met, a country rarely making international headlines.

13 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • A donor mission from Yum! Brands Australia visited Lao PDR to visit the villages where Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) and school meals activities are supported with their contribution. The representatives met with local government officials, visited two schools, three health centres and two villages in Sekong and Savannakhet districts in the south of the country.

Operational Updates

23 Jan 2017 description

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 23 January 2017 – The Government of the Netherlands has granted USD 2.17 million to the Mekong River Commission in support of its MRC Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 including the Flood Management and Mitigation Initial Studies.

22 Dec 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2016 forecast to recover

  • Cereal exports in 2016 to increase from last year’s low level

Cereal production in 2016 forecast to recover