It is a short drive, about 20 minutes, from the city center of Vientiane to its suburb, in Xaythany district. As the population and traffic drop away, one might expect to see greener, cleaner neighbourhoods. But in fact, the opposite is true. Now city officials are grappling with how to combat a growing garbage problem.
Mission 1.5 aims to give 20 million people around the world the opportunity to have their say on ways to limit climate change that they want to see adopted by government leaders. The campaign, led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), hopes to address the disconnect between citizens and governments that has seen a groundswell of public opinion by citizens around the world, including school strikes and mass protests.
"Burning of solid waste is polluting the air while also destroying reusable resources"
This Toolkit on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Crisis and Recovery Settings provides guidance on how to enable the leadership of women and girls while making sure that their specific needs are met.
While the rest of the world signed on to the ambitious plan of achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the small land-locked country of Lao PDR took it a step further.
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.

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6.5 million

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23 %

Poverty rate

$2,270

Per capita income

0.586

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