Following the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, on 29 March the Government of Lao PDR formally announced nation-wide lockdown. Despite the still limited number of COVID-19 cases, the outbreak in the region has impacted trade, construction and tourism and has therefore a significant effect on the economy.
Samnieng was diagnosed with polio as a young child and walks using a crutch as a supporting device. As Director of the Lao Disabled People’s Association (LDPA) and well-respected by all colleagues, it seems that barriers oftentimes created by society have not prevented his full participation nor has it prevented him from realising his ambitions and goals. We quickly became friends as we continued working together on support efforts for UXO survivors and victims.
The United Kingdom Ambassador to Lao PDR, H.E. Mr. John Pearson, and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Mme. Catherine Phuong paid a visit to the National Eld’s Deer Sanctuary in Savannakhet province. The Sanctuary was recently established under the SAFE Ecosystems Project implemented by the Department of Forestry of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry with support from UNDP Lao PDR and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
A project launch and board meeting to address the Prevention and Elimination of Violence Against Women for Mainstreaming Gender into the National Development Agenda in the Lao PDR was jointly held at the UN House on 10 December, coinciding with International Human Rights Day and the last day of the 16 Days of Activism for Elimination of Violence against Women.
At the young age of 16, Sivanh was in utter despair, knowing that his life would change forever. “I used to be able to do things that I considered was normal, but that all changed when I couldn’t do those things anymore,” Sivanh recalls feeling extremely discouraged by the sudden lack of mobility. 
“Now, the darkness at night will disappear from our villages. Light is not only light. It is life, and a better life for us here.” Learn more about how the solar power installation positively impacted these villagers here

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