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At the country's first ever forum to discuss the role of business and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the development of Lao PDR, participants agreed that now is the time to further promote and manage CSR. Achieving this will help to ensure fair distribution of the benefits of private investments, respect to human rights and reduced environmental impacts.
Achievements, challenges and lessons learned in the areas of development coordination, governance, environment and UXO, were discussed at a UNDP review meeting with government, UN and development partners.
Preparations are in their final stages for this year's Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) that takes the theme, 'Pathway to the Achievement of the 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and 2020 Least Developed Country Graduation'.
This year's International Day for the Eradication of Poverty focuses on people and their right to live with health, dignity and hope for the future. Lao PDR's recent record in improving living standards is impressive, with poverty rates falling from 46 percent of the population in 1992 to 27.6 percent in 2008.
To achieve sustainable development in Lao PDR the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) supports the government to incorporate poverty-environment links into national and provincial development plans.
Heavy flooding during the northern summer, affecting 10 out of the country's 17 provinces, has underlined the need to strengthen disaster management in Lao PDR.
The large presence of representatives from Lao PDR attending the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) highlights the country's commitment to tackling HIV/AIDS.
In Thateng town, Sekong Province, 800 km's south of Lao's capital Vientiane, 19-year old Nouan Anong is in the local radio studio fitting her headphones for the morning news. Nouan is a volunteer radio DJ with the Thatheng Ethnic Community Radio for Development (TECRD) station and presents the show in her local Ta-oi language.
In early April 2011, the National Economic Research Institute (NERI), Ministry of Planning and Investment, led a research team to conduct a survey and collect data for a study on the economic valuation of ecosystem services.
At the National University of Laos representatives from Government, United Nations and organizations working in the UXO sector gathered to mark the 2011 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.