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.
Universal design ensures that our shared environment, within homes, classrooms, workplaces, and communities, is built in a way that is usable for all people regardless of their age, size, ability, or disability. It promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities, enabling them to enjoy their independence and participate equally in society, and in turn, creates a space where everyone benefits.
After a year of development, the Digital Legal Aid Platform of Lao PDR is completed and launched to provide legal advice to ordinary Lao people, especially vulnerable groups and people living in remote areas of the country.
The handbook will be disseminated to the Parliament Member (PM) at the National Assembly (NA) and the People’s Provincial Assemblies (PPA), to help enhance their understanding of their roles and mandates in monitoring and oversight of the government’s plans. Additionally, it is aimed to support the implementation toward Lao PDR’s social and economic development, while ensuring that the SDGs are being achieved.
This report supports the next update of Lao PDR’s Nationally Determined Contribution by deploying circular economy interventions. The latest NDC update was submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in March 2021. This NDC lists the country’s voluntary GHG mitigation commitments under the Paris Agreement up to 2030.
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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