Lao PDR was heavily bombed during the Second Indo-China War, with more than 2 million tonnes of bombs dropped on all provinces between 1964 and 1973. More than 30 percent of these bombs failed to function and remain live and dangerous in the ground as Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).
The Millennium Development Goals Nine Goals for 2015
- 1 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
- 2 Achieve universal primary education
- 3 Promote gender equality and empower women
- 4 Reduce child mortality
- 5 Improve maternal health
Key Global MDG Reports
- The Millennium Development Goals Report 2012: Three important targets on poverty, slums and water have been met three years ahead of 2015, says this year’s Report. Meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, is possible ─ but only if Governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago.More
- Unlocking progress: MDG acceleration on the road to 2015: Reviews of MDG progress in various countries have revealed many successes, but also the need for urgent, focused action. In the absence of enhanced efforts, many countries risk missing one or more of the targets by the deadline.More
About the MDGs
World leaders gathered at the Millennium Summit in 2000 and signed the UN Millennium Declaration. This document is the foundation for the MDGs, a set of 8 measurable goals for 2015 focused on improving human conditions around the globe.
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Latest MDG Report for Lao PDR
Overall, the Lao PDR has achieved remarkable economic and social progress over the past two decades or so. The proportion of people living below the poverty line has been reduced by more than 40 percent from the levels recorded in 1992/93. The infant and under-five mortality rates show a steady decline over time.