Since International Day of Persons with Disabilities was first celebrated in 1992, there has been a seismic shift in the role played by persons with disabilities in society, as they now look to take the lead in shaping a more disability-inclusive world. This movement is best seen through the creation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or CRPD, which was driven by persons with disabilities, with a clear message: Nothing about us without us.
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported key justice sector agencies with new ICT equipment and software to be used in their efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence through the Khan Hom Project.
Can you remember your last visit to a medical clinic for a checkup? What advice did you receive from the doctor?  Was it to eat healthy and nutritious food? Reduce intake of sugar and salt? Exercise more to avoid heart disease? Drink less or maybe shun alcohol altogether? Boost your metabolism?
Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) presented the key findings of their recently finalized Joint Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) to the Government, INGOs, United Nations, and other development partners at a Platform Event.
In Lao PDR, the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers, and Children (NCAWMC) and the Lao Women’s Union (LWU) are working towards adopting a similar integrated approach, with all GBV response actors aiming to operate under a single umbrella of protection.
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

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