Governors ordered to set up flood prevention and assistance centres


The Interior Ministry on September 25 ordered governors of provinces nationwide except in the South to set up flood prevention and alleviation centres to deal with ongoing flooding in many provinces. The order was issued by Interior Ministry permanent secretary Krissada ...

Labor ministry orders probe into Honda Vietnam’s alleged massive layoff

In a Honda Vietnam's factory. Photo by VnExpress/Trong Nghiep

The company has been accused of firing thousands of workers every year to cut costs. The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has asked that authorities in the northern province of Vinh Phuc look into reports of massive layoffs ...

Sustainable Development Goals spur progress in Laos

Mr Thongloun Sisoulith

The government has further pursued the national development policy and mainstreamed the Sustainable Development Goals into its 8th five-year National Socio-Economic Development Plan (2016-2020), the Development Strategy 2025, and Vision 2030. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith outlined the government's stance on the ...

Air link could give Indonesian trade more lift

A Garuda airline plane taxis while another is parked at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta International airport in 2016. AFP/Jewel Samad

A three-day trade and tourism conference aimed at promoting Indonesian-made products in Phnom Penh ended on September 25 and although the conference is hoped to boost bilateral trade, an Indonesian diplomat said direct flights would be needed to facilitate the flow ...

Top H&M suppliers called out over alleged labour rights violations

An employee leaves a Phnom Penh factory on September 26, 2016 where H&M garments were being produced. Vireak Mai

Four premium suppliers for Swedish clothing giant H&M have been called out by a local labour rights group for their continued use of short-term contracts, hampering employees’ ability to unionise and, in one case, allegedly paying workers less than the ...

World Bank funds environmental protection projects

Mr Khampadith Khammounheuang ( right ) exchanges agreements with Deputy Director General of the Pollution Control Department Dr Phengkhamla Phonvisai on September 26, 2016.

The Environment Protection Fund and the World Bank recently provided funding for the second phase of four environmental and social protection sub-projects in Laos at a cost of more than US$4 million. The first sub-project named Capacity Building for Pollution Control, ...

Twitter and UN Global Pulse announce data partnership


Twitter and UN Global Pulse have announced a data and analytics partnership to aid implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read the press release below and find out more at the UN's website.


Twitter and UN Global ...

At UN, global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance


Global heads of state have committed to tackling antimicrobial resistance in an agreement at the United Nations, focusing on human health, animal health and agriculture sectors. Read the full release below and at the UN Food and Aghriculture Organization's

Internet Society and ESCAP to host regional Internet Development conference in Bangkok


Internet society will host their Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Development Dialogue conference at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok on October 3 and 4, 2016.

Read the full announcement below and find out more at their website.


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ADB releases Asian Water Development Outlook 2016


The Asian Development Bank has released its Asian Water Development Outlook for 2016, a report into water security in Asia. You can download the report in PDF form by clicking on the cover image on their website, and read ...

MRLG releases report on land tenure for Cambodian smallholder farmers


Mekong Region Land Governance has published a new report on land tenure and future allocation requirements for smallholder farmers in Cambodia, titled They Will Need Land: he current land tenure situation and future land allocation needs of smallholder farmers in Cambodia, ...

IDI and MRLG release new report on land conflict transformation


Inclusive Development International and Mekong Region Land Governance have released a new report titled Innovative approach to land conflict transformation:
Lessons learned from the HAGL/ indigenous communities’ mediation process in Ratanakiri, Cambodia.

Read the full release below and

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