New UN action plan to support national development efforts

Jul 4, 2012

The United Nations 4-year development plan 2012 to 2015 was signed today by Dr. Thoungloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Minh Pham, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.

The plan is the framework for the United Nations coordinated support to Lao PDR over the coming 4 years in aid of national development priorities.

The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) Action Plan 2012 to 2015 supports the Government's 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP), including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The plan also supports the Government in its ambition to successfully graduate from Least Developed Country status by 2020.

The UNDAF Action Plan marks the strong commitment of the United Nations to the Lao people and the Lao Government, and to a prosperous Lao PDR in which all segments of the population are able to equally enjoy development gains. The plan focuses on 10 targeted outcomes under the six key priority areas of Governance, Inclusive and Equitable Growth, Human Development, Natural Resource Management, Unexploded Ordnance and Gender.

The Action Plan has been produced with a results based focus to strengthen the impact of development work supported by the United Nations. Preparations to develop the new framework began in early 2010 and have included a number of strategic consultations between the UN and Government since then.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minh Pham, said, “ The collective aspiration under this UNDAF Action Plan will be to move toward greater collaboration, focus, transparency, efficiency and coherence, and to enhance the impact of UN support as we seek to improve the quality of life for all people in Lao PDR.”

Contact information

Maya Lindberg Brink, Head of the UN Resident Coordinator Office