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.
Most conferences and workshops generate more than 80 percent of single-use plastic waste, from plastic backdrops to water bottles and candy wraps. The number of plastics left after the meeting can multiply and create a considerable consequence without immediate action.
An important part of the Lao Women’s Union’s work is advocating for the protection of wom-en’s rights under the law, especially their right to live free from violence and eliminate gender-based violence against women from all sections of society. But how does the Lao Women’s Union work to turn these laws into action?
This report provides an overview of the situation surrounding youth unemployment in Lao PDR. It presents factors that influence youth unemployment, provides recommendations, and envisions potential paths forward.
Lao PDR has a rich natural environment that provides numerous opportunities to create a circular economy and that can benefit from responsible eco-tourism. Hence, this COP will focus on developing circular business models to support eco-tourism in Lao PDR. We will deep dive into two themes, namely i) Circular construction - hospitality infrastructure and buildings; and ii) Circular procurement - circular business models.
In support of our collective efforts towards understanding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNDP on behalf of the UN Development System (UNDS) in Lao PDR, with guidance from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, undertook a socio-economic impact assessment between April and August 2020.

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6.5 million

Population

23 %

Poverty rate

$2,270

Per capita income

0.586

Human Dev. Index

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