UN Country Team in the Lao PDR

UN Country Team is comprised of members and associates in the following categories:

Executive Committee (EXCOM) Agencies

These Four UN funds and programmes report directly to the UN Secretary General and the General Assembly.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is working on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. UNDP has worked in Vientiane since 1957.

UNDP works in partnership with the Lao Government, assisting it to fulfill the nationally stated goals of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the year 2015 and lifting the country out of the ranks of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) by the year 2020. The UNDP focus is on helping the Lao PDR build and share solutions to the challenges of: Poverty Reduction; Fostering Democratic Governance; Energy and Environment for Sustainable Development, and  Disaster Management and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).

Contact details:
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Lane Xang Avenue, PO Box 345, Vientiane, Lao PDR
(856-21) 267777 (Tel)
(856-21) 267799 (Fax)

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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.

Since opening an office in Vientiane in 1973, our rights-based approach has helped to strengthen the ability of government, communities and individuals to promote the survival, development and protection of Lao children and enable them to participate in bringing about positive changes in their own lives and society. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

  • Contact details:
    • Street Address: UNICEF
      KM 3, Thadeua Road, Vientiane, Lao PDR
    • Mailing Address: UNICEF
      P.O. Box 1080, Vientiane, Lao PDR
    • Tel: (856-21) 315200
    • Fax: (856-21) 314852
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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV and AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

UNFPA has been working with the Lao Government since 1976 to achieve universal access to reproductive health, to realize gender equality and women’s empowerment and to help monitor, analyze and respond to rapidly changing population trends.

  • Contact details:
    • Mailing Address: UNFPA
      PO Box 345, Vientiane, Lao PDR
    • Street Address: Phonesavanh Tai Road, Vientiane, Lao PDR
    • Tel: (856-21) 315547, 353049
    • Fax: (856-21) 353051
    • Email: laos.office@unfpa.org
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World Food Programme (WFP)

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation and the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. Since it was founded in 1963, WFP has reached hundreds of millions of people in over 80 countries, using food assistance to meet emergency needs and support economic and social development. WFP is also the UN logistics lifeline, saving lives through fast, efficient and effective emergency response.

Active in Lao PDR since 1976 and with an office in Vientiane since 2000, WFP works in close cooperation with the Lao Government, other UN agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations. WFP's vision for Lao PDR is a country that is free from undernutrition and its debilitating impacts on human potential and national development. WFP supports the Government to prevent and reduce wasting, stunting and micronutrient deficiencies.

Wasting, or acute malnutrition, poses severe risk to the health and development of a child, and can be life threatening. Across Laos 6 percent of children under 5 years of age are wasted. In emergencies – for example after a natural disaster – this rate can reach over 15 percent. Through disaster preparedness activities and emergency assistance, WFP helps prevent wasting and treats children who are already acutely malnourished.

Stunting, or chronic malnutrition, prevents children from developing to their physical and mental potential. The effects are irreversible after a child’s second birthday, and increase the likelihood of stunting in children of the next generation. In Laos, stunting affects 44 percent of children under the age of five - one of the highest rates in the region. To tackle this inter-generational problem, WFP adopts a lifecycle approach, focusing on pregnant women and young children during the critical first 1,000 days of life through Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN), schoolchildren through school meals, and adults through Livelihood Initiatives for Nutrition, including Food For Assets and Purchase for Progress (P4P).

Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that are needed by the body to function and stay healthy. Micronutrient deficiencies can cause serious health problems like poor eyesight, low immunity, or poor bone development. In Laos, the three most prevalent micronutrient deficiencies are iron deficiency, vitamin A deficiency and iodine deficiency. WFP addresses these widespread micronutrient deficiencies through efforts to fortify foods produced in Laos.


Other UN Programmes and Funds

These UN organizations work under the authority of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council to carry out the UN's economic and social mandate.


United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

UNV has had an office in the Lao People's Democratic Republic since 1973, and currently has one of the largest International UN Volunteer programmes in the sub-region.  UNVs are experienced, mid-career professionals from across the globe who devote their time and energy to achieving the goal of improving life for the people in one of the world’s poorest nations. 

Administered by UNDP, UNVs work cooperatively with Government, UN agencies and other partners. UN Volunteers Lao PDR has executed projects in several areas in partnership with the Lao government including in Public Administration and Civil Service Reform, with the Lao Youth Union, the Ministry of Education, UXO Lao, and the Ministry of Health.  All projects put into action the strategic goals of UNV and support the achievement of the millennium development goals.



United Nations Women (UNWOMEN)

UNIFEM is the women’s fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality. Placing the advancement of women’s human rights at the centre of all of its efforts, UNIFEM focuses its activities on these strategic areas:

  • Enhancing women’s economic security and rights.
  • Reducing prevalence of violence against women and HIV/AIDS
  • Advancing gender justice in democratic governance

The regional office for East and Southeast Asia is located in Bangkok, which supports programming activities in Lao PDR. UNIFEM started work in Lao PDR in 2002 by supporting Lao handicraft project. UNIFEM assisted the drafting of the Lao Law on Development and Protection of Women and the capacity building of national partners to combat domestic violence. Since 2004, UNIFEM has been implementing programmes on Facilitating the Implementation of Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and Empowering Women Migrant Workers.


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD’s work aims to ensure that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development in three key ways: It functions as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and exchanges of experience, aimed at consensus building; It undertakes research, policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government representatives and experts; and it provides technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of developing countries, with special attention to the needs of the least developed countries and of economies in transition. In the Lao PDR UNCTAD cooperates with other organizations and donor countries in the delivery of technical assistance. UNCTAD participates actively in the Integrated Framework process, which aims to mainstream trade into national development and poverty reduction strategies and enhance the coordination of trade-related assistance delivery.


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The International Trade Center (ITC)

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Since 1964, ITC enables small business export success in developing countries by providing, with partners, sustainable and inclusive trade development solutions to the private sector, trade support institutions and policymakers. ITC’s vision and mandate – export impact for good – aims to ensure that trade development creates employment and generates income, contributes to poverty reduction and the fulfillment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Since 2004, ITC’s work in Lao PDR included the following: (i) Development of export strategies at the national and sectoral levels; (ii) Establishment of an operational trade support network at the national level; (iii) Improvement of knowledge, strengthening of skills and development of capacities of training institutions, and (iv) Establishment of a trade information capacity at the national level. Sector strategies were developed for (i) Garments; (ii) Handicraft; (iii) Medicinal Plants and Spices; (iv) Organic Agricultural Products; (v) Wood and Wood Products; and (vi) Tourism. In line with strategies concerned, ITC is currently providing assistance to strengthen Lao supply capacity of organic agricultural products, develop linkages between producing communities and the tourism sector and expand the provision of business support services to the provinces with a particular focus on financial management.

Supported by the Integrated Framework, ITC is assisting the Lao Garment Industry it its strive to move from contract manufacturing to direct export, i.e. from CMT (Cut, Make and Trim) to FOB (Free On Board) contractual selling agreements. This shift would ensure a greater value addition and value retention of the sector in the Lao PDR and support the Lao garment producers in gaining full management of their purchasing, production, promotion and distribution activities and therefore develop their own capacity and strengthen their position in the international market.

Furthermore, since 2007 ITC assists poor rural weavers to enhance production and marketing of high quality silk products, thus meeting foreign market requirements and increasing the weavers' income. Together with the Lao Handicraft Association (LHA) as national partner, ITC works with four pilot weaver communities in Champassak. Based on Lao weaving techniques and capacities, new designs have been created by an international designer and the samples produced. A study tour for the project partner to a successful contemporary silk processing and marketing organization in Siem Reap, Cambodia has been organized for selected weavers and the project partner. As a direct effect of the project, the income of the project's first 50 weaver families has been increased.


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United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

UN-HABITAT is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It was established in 1978, and is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-HABITAT's programmes are designed to help policy-makers and local communities get to grips with the human settlements and urban issues and find workable, lasting solutions. 

In Lao PDR, UN-HABITAT has supported the preparation of an integrated urban planning and institution building for local authorities and introduced community participation models for in-situ upgrading during 90s.  A local UN-HABITAT office was opened in Lao PDR in 2005, now operating as a regional hub for South-East Asia. More recently, UN-HABITAT has worked with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport – Department of Housing and Urban Planning (MPWT-DHUP) on community-based water supply and sanitation issues in urban and peri-urban towns across Lao PDR, as well as issues related to urban renewable energy, water, sanitation, hygiene education and -promotion as well as gender mainstreaming in the water and sanitation sector. In addition to its water and sanitation programmes, UN-HABITAT actively participates in emergency relief work in Lao PDR.


United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)

The Department of Safety and Security is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system, ensure the maximum security for staff and eligible dependants as well as enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System.

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) was formally established on 1 January 2005. Since that time, the Department has been dedicated to performing the following functions:

  • To support and enable the effective conduct of United Nations activities by ensuring a coherent, effective and timely response to all security-related threats and other emergencies;
  • To ensure effective risk mitigation through the establishment of a coordinated security threat and risk assessment mechanism within the framework of a common, system-wide methodology;
  • To develop high-quality, best-practise security policies, standards and operational procedures across the United Nations system, including the appropriate degree of standardization;
  • To support implementation and monitor compliance with those security policies, standards and operational procedures;
  • To ensure the most cost-effective provision and employment of security personnel by taking advantage of economies of scale and through centrally directed recruitment, selection, training, deployment and career development.

United Nations Capital Develoment Fund (UNCDF)

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) offers a unique combination of investment capital, capacity building and technical advisory services to promote microfinance and local development in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs):

  • UNCDF's microfinance programmes provide poor households and enterprises with enhanced access to a wide range of financial services by promoting inclusive financial sectors and providing investment capital for emerging microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other financial service providers (FSPs) in the LDCs.
  • UNCDF's local development programmes support national decentralization strategies in the LDCs and seek to improve social services, governance and pro-poor economic infrastructure at the local level by providing technical assistance and investment capital directly to local authorities.

UNCDF's investment capital is flexible, high-risk and innovative. It is channeled primarily to poor rural areas in the LDCs where poverty reduction, capacity and governance challenges are typically the greatest. UNCDF currently invests in 38 LDCs with a total programme portfolio amounting to approximately US$200 million. Through its programmes, UNCDF strives to contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action for LDCs in a direct, concrete and measurable way.



United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

UNHCR’s main role in the Lao PDR has been to ensure that repatriated returnees are settled and reintegrated in conditions of safety and dignity. Since UNHCR established a presence in Vientiane in October 1974 it has assisted the repatriation and reintegration of close to 30.000 returnees, the last 1.162 of which returned during the last quarter of 1999. UNHCR closed its office in the Lao PDR in 2001 but continues to cover issues from its regional office in Thailand.


Specialised UN Agencies

These are autonomous organizations joined to the UN through special agreements, coordinated by the Economic and Social Council at the intergovernmental level.

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International Labour Organization (ILO)

Lao PDR became a member of the International Labour Organization in January 1964.  The ILO delegates for Lao PDR are the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MoLSW); the Lao Federation of Trade Unions, and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In the first year of membership, the national government ratified four ILO Conventions, namely: Convention No. 4 on Night Work (Women), 1919; No. 6 on Night Work of Young Persons (Industry), 1919; No. 13 on White Lead Painting, 1921; and No. 29 on Forced Labour, 1930.  In 2005, the Government has ratified the fundamental ILO Conventions on child labour (C.138 and C.182).

ILO main activities in Lao PDR include: Integrated Small Enterprise Development Project; Social Security and Health Insurance; Migration Management, Prevention of Child Labour and Human Trafficking; Women’s Entrepreneurship and Development; Micro-Finance; Occupational Health and Safety; HIV and AIDS Prevention for Workers; and rural infrastructure.




ITU was founded in 1865 and became a specialized agency of the UN in 1947.  It is the leading UN agency for information and communication technologies. As the global focal point for governments and the private sector, ITU’s role in helping the world communicate spans three core sectors: radiocommunication, standardization and development.

ITU’s mission is to enable the growth and sustained development of telecommunications and information networks, and to facilitate universal access so that people everywhere can participate in, and benefit from, the emerging information society and global economy. The ability to communicate freely is a pre-requisite for a more equitable, prosperous and peaceful world and ITU assists in mobilizing the technical, financial and human resources needed to make this vision a reality.

A key priority lies in bridging the so called Digital Divide by building information and communication infrastructure, promoting adequate capacity building and developing confidence in the use of cyberspace through enhanced online security. ITU also concentrates on activities to combat climate change and strengthening emergency communications for disaster prevention and mitigation. All the elements of ITU’s work are centered around the goal of putting every human being within easy and affordable reach of information and communication and to contribute towards economic and social development of all people.

Lao PDR became a member of the ITU on 3 April 1952. ITU activities in Lao PDR are concentrated on strengthening the newly established National Authority of Posts and Telecommunications through technical assistance on telecommunication policy, regulation and capacity building. For Asia Pacific, ITU has a regional office in Bangkok and an area office in Jakarta.




About FAO
FAO has, since its establishment in 1945, globally lead international efforts to defeat hunger and assisted its members in achieving national and household food security for all. Its mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

FAO serves as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements, debate policies, develop international norms, standards and conventions to improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices. FAO assists in devising agricultural policies, supporting planning, drafting legislation and creating national strategies to achieve rural development and hunger alleviation goals.

FAO in the LAO PDR
FAO has served the Lao Government since the establishment of the Lao PDR on 2 December 1975. A Permanent FAO Representation was established in 1980.

FAO provides technical expertise of agronomists, foresters, fishery and livestock specialists, nutritionists, social scientists, economists, statisticians and other professionals - to collect, analyze and disseminate data and information that aid development.

FAO supports central government and brings technical know-how and information to the field, and manages project operations in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Ministry of Health.
FAO’s work in Lao PDR is guided by the National Medium-Term Priority Framework (NMTPF) 2006-2010 and accordingly the following thematic priorities have been established for the time being:

  • Long-term food security and nutrition in rural households.
  • Sustainable natural resource management.
  • Transformation from subsistence- to market-oriented agriculture.
  • Economic integration.
  • Institutional strengthening and capacity building.

Learn more about FAO’s work in the Lao PDR.



United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO was founded in 1945 with the main objective of promoting peace and human development through its operational strategies and programmes focusing on education for all; supporting the expression of cultural identities; protecting and enhancing the world's natural heritage; engaging in a new social contract between science and society at all levels; developing and promoting social policies; promoting the free flow of information, press freedom and the development of a pluralistic media; and strengthening communication capacities in developing countries. UNESCO also promotes literacy as a basic human right and as a necessity for development. It is the coordinating agency for the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012), Education for All (EFA) and the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). Along with OHCHC, UNESCO co-Chairs the World Programme on Human Rights Education (WPHRE).

UNESCO’s active involvement in Lao PDR started in the 1990s when it conducted an EFA Assessment in the region in collaboration with ADB, ESCAP, UNDAP, UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Bank. Today, UNESCO’s activities in Lao DPR include technical assistance in various areas of the education sector, from pre-school to higher education, and in formal and non-formal settings, and relate to cross-cutting themes such as gender, ICT, and HIV and AIDS. In the area of culture, UNESCO’s assistance include the cultural survival and revival of the Buddhist Sangha, the Nam Ha Ecotourism Project, and the fight against poverty on the Plain of Jars through projects on UXO clearance, pro-poor tourism and sustainable resource management. Other UNESCO activities in Lao PDR are the establishment of community radios, the promotion of information literacy, and the training of journalists


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The World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. It was established on 7 April 1948. WHO’s objective is the attainment by all peoples of the world of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO’s Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. WHO is governed through the World Health Assembly and its 192 members.

WHO in Lao PDR supports the government and the Ministry of Health in improving health for the Lao people. WHO support in Lao PDR focuses on the following areas: (1) the control of communicable disease surveillance and response; (2) health promotion and non-communicable disease control; (3) maternal and child health and immunization; and (4) health systems development.



United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

UNIDO was established in 1966, and in 1985 became a specialized UN Agency with the mandate to promote industrialization thorough the developing world. It currently has 171 Member Sates, including Lao PDR, and its Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Currently, UNIDO focuses on providing technical assistance to developing and least developed countries as well as economies in transition in three areas: (i) enhancing productive activities, (ii) trade capacity building, and (iii) Environment and energy for the overarching goals of poverty alleviation and environmental safeguard.  UNIDO has been providing technical assistance to Lao PDR since more than 20 years ago. The main objective of UNIDO’s cooperation with Lao PDR is to promote sustainable industrial development as a way to alleviate the poverty. From 2004 to 2008, UNIDO interventions will focus on four components: (i) industrial governance and enabling environment, (ii) private sector development and small medium enterprise development, (iii) manufacturing productivity and environmental soundness, and (iv) investment promotion and trade capacity building.



International Fund for Agriculutral Develoment (IFAD)

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. The Conference was organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected the Sahelian countries of Africa. The conference resolved that "an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries". One of the most important insights emerging from the conference was that the causes of food insecurity and famine were not so much failures in food production, but structural problems relating to poverty and to the fact that the majority of the developing world’s poor populations were concentrated in rural areas.


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World Bank

The World Bank has been working in Lao PDR since 1977 in supporting Lao's development and poverty reduction objectives. The Bank's assistance strategy is aimed at supporting the Government’s goal of exiting from Least Developed Country status by the year 2020 through the implementation of the National Socio-Economic Development Plan. The World Bank’s focus is on four areas:

  1. Sustaining economic growth, through regional integration, greater private sector development, sustainable natural resource management and better infrastructure (roads, electricity)
  2. Improved delivery of social services, especially health and education, and a stronger public financial management system to manage and allocate revenues
  3. Helping to develop capacity by addressing constraint s in a long -term way at multiple levels (project, sectoral, cross -sectoral, and provincial) so that challenges can be overcome more evenly across institutions
  4. Supporting the implementation of the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project as a sustainable natural resource development program that contributes to growth, improved social outcomes, capacity development, and stronger partnerships

Through this strategy World Bank programs in Lao PDR focus on upgrading roads, extending electricity connectivity, developing poverty -reduction projects at a community -level, strengthening Government institutions, improving the delivery of health services, building schools, training teachers, supporting rural development programs and strengthening environment management, among others.


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International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The IMF is an international organization of 184 member countries. It was established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment.  Lao PDR joined the IMF on 5 July 1961.

The office of the IMF Resident Representative in Lao PDR was established in 1990, soon after the launch of the New Economic Mechanism.  It has been continuously in operation since then.  The IMF has provided financial assistance to Lao PDR in the context of economic and financial programs designed to strengthen the country’s external position, while promoting sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.


Other UN Entities


Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)

Established in 1996, the Joint United Nations Programme strives to maximize the United Nation's efficiency and impact in the field of HIIV/AIDS by pooling the experience, efforts and resources of ten UN system organizations: UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP, WFP, UNFPA, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO, WHO, and the World Bank.

UNAIDS is the main advocate for global action on the HIV and AIDS epidemic. It leads, strengthens and supports an expanded response aimed at preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and AIDS, and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.


United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)

The United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) was founded in 1971 as an instrument to help achieve the strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade. UNCRD was created by an agreement between the UN and the Government of Japan, and has worked to promote the following objectives for more than thirty years: (1) Serve as a training and research centre in regional development; (2) Provide advisory services in regional development; (3) Assist developing countries in promoting the exchange of information, experience, and teaching in regional development; and (4) Assist and cooperate with other organizations, national or international, concerned with regional development.

To meet these goals, the Centre targets its programmes towards socially and environmentally sustainable development. The three multidisciplinary themes of human security, environment, and disaster management serve as a guide for the Centre's training and research activities.



Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is a department of the United Nations Secretariat. It is mandated to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all rights established in the Charter of the United Nations and in international human rights laws and treaties. The mandate includes preventing human rights violations, securing respect for all human rights, promoting international cooperation to protect human rights, coordinating related activities throughout the United Nations, and strengthening and streamlining the United Nations system in the field of human rights. In addition to its mandated responsibilities, the Office leads efforts to integrate a human rights approach within all work carried out by United Nations agencies.

OHCHR's priorities are set by the General Assembly and are contained in the Medium-Term Plan for 2002-2005. The plan follows the 1993 Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, which was developed out of the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights, and the Charter of the United Nations.


UN Secretariat

These organizations work under the direct mandate of the UN Secretariat



The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime was established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention. UNODC is committed to achieving security and justice for all by making the world safer from drugs, crime and terrorism, by addressing a comprehensive response to these interrelated issues. UNODC operations are conducted through three primary functions: Field-based technical cooperation projects, research and analytical work, and normative work to assist Member States in the ratification and implementation of international treaties and the development of domestic legislation.

UNODC has been operating in the Lao PDR since 1989 - under its old designation UNFDAC - and works in close collaboration with its Lao counterpart, the Lao National Commission on Drug Control and Supervision (LCDC) in order to assist the Government with a range of activities that include the establishment of the Comprehensive Drug Control Programme and the accession to various UN Conventions for drug control, anti-corruption, trans-national organized crime and counter terrorism.

UNODC has been implementing Alternative Development (AD) and poverty reduction projects for ex-opium growing communities in three northern provinces, Rule of Law and human security projects targeting human trafficking as well as the development of a national drug and law enforcement strategy. In addition, UNODC is currently implementing a Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) pilot project with the primary focus of combating the rising phenomena of ATS (Amphetamine Type Stimulants) in the region, as well as the continued opium abuse treatment and rehabilitation programme. UNODC also works closely with UNAIDS and other UN agencies in conjunction with Lao government counterparts on the response to HIV and AIDS, in terms of prevention and treatment, care and support.


United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

OCHA was established in 1991 to strengthen the United Nation's response to both complex emergencies and natural disasters, and to improve the overall effectiveness of the UN's humanitarian operations in the field. The high level position of Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) was established to combine into a single UN focal point the functions carried out by representatives of the Secretary-General for major and complex emergencies, as well as the UN's natural disaster functions carried out by the UN Disaster Relief Coordinator, UNDRO.  OCHA carries out its coordination function primarily through the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, chaired by the ERC.  Participants include all humanitarian partners, from UN agencies, funds and programmes to the Red Cross Movement and NGOs. The IASC ensures inter-agency decision-making in response to complex emergencies.  These responses include needs assessments, consolidated appeals, field coordination arrangements and the development of humanitarian policies.


Regional Commission

Part of the Economic and Social Council

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

ESCAP was established in Shanghai, China in 1947 and has 62 members. Of the UN’s five regional commissions it is the biggest in terms of population served and area covered. ESCAP functions have been defined by the Secretary- General as follows: Promoting economic and social development through regional and subregional cooperation and integration; Serving as the main economic and social development forum within the United Nations system for the ESCAP region; Formulating and promoting development assistance activities and projects commensurate with the needs and priorities of the region while acting as an executing agency for relevant operational projects; Providing substantive and secretariat services and documentation for the Commission and its subsidiary bodies; Carrying out studies, research and other activities within the terms of reference of the Commission; Providing advisory services to governments at their request; Developing and executing programmes of technical cooperation; Coordinating ESCAP activities with those of the major departments/offices of the United Nations at Headquarters and specialized agencies and intergovernmental organizations.



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ADB’s vision is an Asia and Pacific region free from poverty. Its mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve their living conditions and quality of life. ADB pursues a strategic agenda - sustainable economic growth, inclusive social development, and governance for effective policies and institutions - with three cross-cutting themes: private sector development, regional cooperation, and environmental sustainability.

ADB’s main instruments in providing help to its developing member countries are policy dialogues, loans, technical assistance, grants, guarantees, and equity investments.  ADB was established in 1966. The Lao PDR was one of its 31 founding members. Although ADB has no formal role within the UN, in the Lao PDR the ADB is considered a full and participating member of the UN Country Team.

  • Contact details:
    • Address: ADB
      Corner of Lane Xang Avenue and Samsenthai Road
      P.O Box: 9724, Vientiane, Lao PDR
    • Tel: (856-21) 250 444
    • Fax: (856-21) 250 333
    • Email: adblrm@adb.org
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Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 125 member states, a further 16 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

IOM has been working in Lao PDR since 2002. In April 2007 it established a project office to support its activities. These currently focus on migration health and regulating migration. They include supporting the return and reintegration of people who have been trafficked; adaptation of an HIV and AIDS life skills package for the infrastructure sector; and enhancing avian and human influenza pandemic preparedness for migrants and host communities.