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Progress on Food and Nutrition Security action plan reviewed in Saravane consultations

UNDP, 16 Sep 2014

Saravane 16th September 2014 – Food and Nutrition Security, among other off-track Millennium Development Goals, continued to be on top of the discussion agenda at this year’s provincial Round Table consultation meeting, held in Saravane from 15th to 17th of September.

More than 100 Government officials and development partners took part in the meeting to review the progress made since last year’s consultations in Luang Namtha, which resulted in the development of a multisectoral food and nutrition security action plan to address malnutrition in the country. The provincial consultation is a part of the Round Table Process and a key milestone leading up to the annual Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM).

NA identifies problems in natural resource sector

Vientiane Times, 23 August 2014

The National Assembly (NA) has highlighted that many foreign investment projects working in the natural resource sector are not operating in accordance with the law and NA officials need to educate themselves on the issues to better address problems with projects. Vice Chairperson of the NA Economic, Planning and Finance Committee Dr Bouakham Thippavong was addressing a training workshop on the “Process of National Planning, Public and Private Investment Approvals and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments” in Vientiane last week.

Legal advances pave way for reform of justice system

Vientiane Times, 26 March, 2013

Advances in the legal sector have resulted in progress, especially support for local justice reform, which is moving Laos closer to becoming a state governed by the rule of law. Officials made the comment at a meeting held in Vientiane on Friday to review the progress of implementation of the Legal Sector Master Plan Project over the past year.

UNDP releases Customary Law Report

UNDP, Dec 4, 2012

The Customary Law Report is the first of its kind to assess customary justice practices among the 49 officially recognized ethnic groups in Lao PDR and is a step forward in incorporating customary practices into the overall legal system, a key requirement in establishing a rule of law state by 2020. His Excellency Dr. Chaleune Yiapaoher, the Minister of justice, and Minh Pham, UNDP Resident Representative, launched the report today at the Lao Plaza Hotel. The report findings clearly show that customary law continues to play a significant role in the legal structure of Lao PDR, with each ethnic group having its own unique customs and practices to resolve local conflicts, particularly among communities in remote areas.

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