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

18 Nov 2015


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.