The Sustainable Development Goals are a first in human history—a global compact to create a future where nobody is left behind. The goals were adopted by all countries at the United Nations in September 2015. They encompass every aspect of human and planetary wellbeing; a universal call to action to end poverty, to protect Earth and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
UNDP, representatives of the public and private sectors, as well as development partners participated in the joyous occasion to hand-over 16 Community Halls to the communities of the Ong Mang Sanctuary in Savannakhet Province.
“Having a goal isn’t wishing. It isn’t a faint hope or a vague dream that someday we’ll have or do or be. No, having a goal is much, much more” - Watch "This is Development: The Sustainable Development Goals in Lao PDR".
UNDP Lao PDR organised a Certificate Handover Ceremony to the volunteers and teachers from the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, National University of Laos, as a token of appreciation for their assistance and cooperation with the Accelerator Lab team in gathering valuable information for the first experimentation at That Luang Festival, between 5-11 November 2019.
A key focus for UNDP is to support countries in building resilience to climate change, be prepared to recover from crises and build new partnerships for disaster risk reduction. One critical element of building resilience is to connect response and recovery by favouring long-term solutions that enhance the participation and empowerment of affected communities above quick, outsourced fixes.
The 2019 edition of UNDP’s Human Development Report – ‘Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st Century’ – was launched yesterday in Vientiane, Lao PDR by UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Ricarda Rieger, on the same day as it was launched globally in Bogotá, Colombia.

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