Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Lao victims fled dam disaster floodwater with nothing: IOM

In Lao People’s Democratic Republic, commonly known as Laos, the UN is involved in an emergency relief operation after a huge dam breach on Monday released floodwater that destroyed entire villages.  Speaking from Bangkok, IOM’s Chris Lom, told UN News’s how the agency aims to help in the worst-affected areas.

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News In Brief 27 July 2018

  • ‘Warehouses emptying’ amid growing humanitarian needs in south-west Syria
  • Mediterranean migrant deaths passes 1,500 mark for fifth year in a row
  • IOM lends support to victims of Lao dam disaster
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News in Brief 31 August 2017 - Geneva (AM)

Cluster munition casualties almost exclusively in Syria

Casualties from cluster munitions doubled in the last year and civilians accounted for nearly all of the victims, the UN and civil society partners said on Thursday.

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News in Brief 9 February 2017 (PM)

Somali president faces "formidable" set of challenges, international partners say

Somalia's new president faces a "formidable" set of challenges in meeting the expectations of the Somali people, the country's international partners have said.

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Soap opera puts stunting in the spotlight

A television soap opera is teaching parents in Laos how to protect their children from stunting.

Chronic under-nutrition is a major issue in the Asian country, resulting in half the children there being too short for their age.

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Laos farmers helped to work through dry and wet seasons

Farmers in Laos can now work their fields during both wet and dry season thanks to a new integrated irrigation project.

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Family planning reaches into mountains of Laos

An increasing number of women in the mountainous South-East Asian country of Laos are accessing family planning services for the first time, thanks to a programme supported by the UN Population Fund, UNFPA.

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Southeast Asian countries benefit from Mekong River

The Mekong River is an important resource for millions of people in Asia as it runs through China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

This poses a challenge for the countries to ensure that all the people in the region benefit from its rich and diverse ecosystems.

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Making labour migration safer for Laotian workers

Relocating to a foreign country can offer many opportunities, but without job skills and good connections, migrants run the risk of being exploited.

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