Lao People’s Democratic Republic

FROM THE FIELD: Laos villages transformed by solar power

For people living off-grid in remote villages in Laos, solar energy offers a clean, sustainable way to bring electricity for all, and the promise to transform their lives.

News in Brief 29 April 2020

  • Myanmar: possible war crimes and crimes against humanity
  • Cybercrime and online fraud, heighten privacy and data threats amid pandemic
  • Rights experts appeal for Lao victims of dam disaster who lost everything
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Monday’s Daily Brief: Ozone layer heals, 'regional conflagration' risk rises over oilfield attacks, South Sudan update, Myanmar genocide threat remains

A recap of Monday’s top stories: The ozone layer is on track to repair; Instability rises over oilfield attacks in Saudi Arabia; General Assembly chief Espinosa bows out; Disaster and conflict displace thousands in Asia Pacific; Sexual violence unpunished in South Sudan; Genocide threat remains for Rohingya.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Ebola in DR Congo, malnutrition in Laos, baby health, support for Sahel force, #ClimateAction

On Thursday, we cover: more support needed for Sahel force, fears in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as Ebola response funding dwindles; food and nutrition concerns in Laos; an update on low birthweight babies across the world; and the UN chief’s trip for climate action in the Pacific continues.

News in Brief 16 May 2019

  • Fears over rising Ebola infections in DR Congo, lack of funding for safe burials 
  • More than 20 million babies born with a low birthweight, warns UN report 
  • Healthy diets vital for progress in Laos say UN food agencies 
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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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UN ready to assist rescue and relief effort as dam collapses in Laos, with many feared dead

Following reports that dozens of people are dead or missing following the collapse of a dam that was under construction in Laos, the United Nations chief on Tuesday said that the world body stands ready to support the rescue and relief efforts, if authorities request it.

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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