Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who are the United Nations organizations working in the Lao PDR?
  2. What work is the United Nations doing in the Lao PDR?
  3. How much does the UN contribute to the Lao PDR?
  4. Will the MDGs be met in the Lao PDR?
  5. What year did the Lao PDR joint the UN?
  6. What international treaties and conventions has the Lao PDR signed up to?

1. Who are the United Nations organizations working in the Lao PDR?

Known as the UN Country Team there are currently 12 resident and 10 non-resident UN agencies in the Lao PDR. The UN Country Team resident to the Lao PDR comprises UN Programmes and Funds (UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA, UNODC), Specialized agencies (FAO, ILO, WHO, UNIDO), International Finance Institutions (World Bank, ADB, IMF). Non-resident agencies are based outside of the country (eg: Bangkok and beyond) but they have operational projects with Lao communities and institutions. Click here for a full list of the UNCT and their contact details in the Lao PDR.

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2. What work is the United Nations doing in the Lao PDR?

The main focus of the UN Country Team in the Lao PDR is to support the Government of the Lao PDR to achieve its national development goals, Millennium Development Goals and to exit least developed country (LDC) status by the year 2020. Most recently the UN Country Team developed its five year programme framework (the UNDAF) which organizes the UN system around supporting the Government's National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2006-2010 (NSEDP).

The main activities of the UN system can be described as poverty alleviation, rural development, livelihoods and food security, pro-poor policy reform and institutional strengthening, drug control and opium elimination, preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS, improved health care services and systems, support to children's well being through improved access education and health, and support to governance reform. The UN system pays important attention to ensuring gender equality with communities they work with as well as in their organizations.

For more detailed information on each UN agency and its activities in the Lao PDR click on the UN agency name in the sidebar to the right.

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3. How much does the UN contribute to the Lao PDR?

In the programming framework for the five year period 2007-2011, the UN's assistance to the Lao PDR totals almost $200 million (USD$190,638,790) with staffing and overhead costs constituting an additional $28,711,520.

Of this total amount for programmes, it is estimated that USD$83,223,880 (44%) will be allocated on poverty, food security and growth initiatives, USD$71,945,000 (38%) on the social sector, and USD$34,384,910 (18%) will be spent on governance. This distribution reflects national development priorities.

This, jointly with the grant aid provided by the international financial institutions (not reflected above), makes the UN System a major contributer of grant-based ODA to the Lao PDR (approximately 26% per year).

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4. Will the MDGs be met in the Lao PDR?

The Government of Lao PDR has invested significant effort in aligning its national development strategies with the Millennium Development Goals. While some MDGs are likely to be met by 2015, others will require more concerted efforts by all partners. The Lao MDG Progress Report describes the challenges faced in achieving each MDG while a recently released global MDG progress report shows the comparative challenges across regions.

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5. What year did the Lao PDR join the UN?

The Lao PDR joined the United Nations on 14 December 1955. Click here to see a list of all 192 members states and when they joined the UN.

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6. What international treaties and conventions has the Lao PDR signed up to?

The latest Common Country Assessment (CCA) has a list in its annex of all the treaties and conventions signed by the Lao PDR. You can also see country specific information on human right treaties by visiting the website of OHCHR.

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