Back to nature - a slogan much used at the recent international climate conference in Bonn. This slogan of nature-based solutions is reality in Lao PDR, a small land-locked country with a mission to graduate from its least-developed country status.
A delegation from Lao PDR participated in COP23 climate conference. Lao PDR’s delegation took part in negotiations on implementing the Paris Agreement and to present the country’s own implementation progress in three side events, discussing issues of circular economy, South-South cooperation and Nationally Determined Contributions.
Fragrant tea leaves, bags of pearly rice, coffee beans that bring back memories of the Boloven plateau and yards of smooth silk, in all colors of the rainbow – these are signature products of Lao.
Haoliang Xu is currently visiting Lao PDR to attend the 2017 Round Table Implementation Meeting in Pakse.
Successful, young Lao 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.
“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.

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6.8 million

Population

23 %

Poverty rate

$1,674

Per capita income

0.586

Human Dev. Index

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