The Committee for Development Policy has announced that Lao PDR has fulfilled the eligibility criteria to graduate from Least Developed Country (LDC) status for the first time.
Jonas is telling you about his passion for nature conservation and development, how it led him to become a UN Volunteer in Lao PDR and how this assignment shaped his personality, career and view on volunteerism.
Lao PDR is rich in fauna and flora and has outstanding biodiversity. There are an estimated 8-11,000 species of flowering plants, a reported 166 species of reptiles and amphibians, 700 species of birds, 90 known species of bats and over 100 species of large mammals. The protection of these resources is paramount to the future of the country.
What does a first-time visitor to Laos feel when coming face to face with how people here live together with unexploded bombs? European Union-supported blogger Lauren Kana Chan leads us through her impressions. Take a look at her photos!
Ka Chun Cheng is a University Volunteer in Poverty Reduction, UNDP Lao PDR. He is from Hong Kong and funded by the Hong Kong government. He is sharing with you his story working at UNDP Lao PDR during six months.
“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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