Lao People’s Democratic Republic is a South East Asian country of some 7million inhabitants. According to UNDP figures, approximately 23% of the population of Laos currently lives below the international poverty line. In 2015, the country ranked 138th on the Human Development Index (HDI), indicating lower medium development. It is a country with significant ethnic diversity and a wide range of indigenous hill tribes making up sizeable minorities, alongside the majority Lao people.
There is a National Steering Committee for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, chaired by the Prime Minister. The role of the National Steering Committee is to oversee the coordination and implementation of the SDGs through the National Social- Economic Development Plan and the sectoral development plans of various ministries up to 2030, including the monitoring and evaluation of implementation.
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Lao CSO Coordination Office is a network of local and national CSOs in Lao PDR with members nationwide working on different issues contributing to the SDGs. It is currently a national platform of CSOs and starting to actively get engaged in the SDGs discussion and the national preparation for the VNR especially making comments and recommendations on the draft VNR. LCCO organised a national CSO workshop on SDGs/VNR during April 26-27, 2018, to provide input and comments to the VNR and national SDGs process. A CSOs Statement with recommendations were submitted to UNDP who also provided the national SDGs secretariat and who passed it through to the government. LCCO set a team to regularly monitor the national SDGs process and implementation and will communicate with members nationwide.