Sustainable Development Goals

National policy on child protection to provide equal opportunities to all children

The National Policy on Child Protection System will provide equal opportunity to all children to become qualified human resources contributing to the national development. The ten-year (2019-2028) national policy gather investment on children in a more comprehensive and systematic way, said Vong Sauth, Minister of Social ...

Transparency and info-sharing valued by multilateral cooperative scheme benefiting states along Lancang-Mekong river

Representatives from six countries located in the Lancang-Mekong river basin joined an online meeting for the first time after the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic on Thursday to facilitate dialogue on establishing an information sharing platform to boost transparency and cooperation in water resources management.  The ...

Hu Yuwei

Why COVID-19 Will Worsen Inequality in Thailand

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Thailand’s capital was the world’s most visited city. Now Bangkok’s once-bustling streets are quiet. With its struggling economy, the timing of the crisis could not be worse for Thailand. Exports have been falling since 2019 while the GDP growth rate remained one of the lowest ...

M Niaz Asadullah and Ruttiya Bhula-or

Community responsible for subregional interests in Mekong-Lancang

The Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Mechanism (MLC) is a cooperation mechanism in line with the current trend of globalisation and integration. The MLC aims to promote comprehensive cooperation to build a community of responsibilities and common interests in the subregion. In addition, the MLC also has other goals ...

Uch Leang

Thailand’s water shortage and inequality crisis

Shortages of water are a huge problem for Thailand. The government’s attempts to promote industrial investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) — Chon Buri, Rayong and Chachoengsao — has caused water demand in the region to rise drastically. This has diverted water away from farmers ...

Kanokwan Manorom, Ubon Ratchathani University

Calls on private sector to help achieve clean water targets

Consumption of clean water increased to 331 million cubic metres in 2019, as the government aims for its 2025 goal to have 100 percent of households in urban areas connected to potable water. According to current figures from the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft, 4.9 million ...

Chea Vannak

NGOs identify challenges in gender equality

Civil society organisations yesterday identified physical, mental and sexual violence against women are still challenges yet to be addressed by the government. The NGOs also said the government has not done enough to open doors for women in institutions. Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center ...

Pech Sotheary

Recognition of Public Health Threats from Live Animal Markets Called for in the Wake of Human Coronavirus Outbreak

Closing live animal markets that trade in wildlife, strengthening efforts to combat trafficking of wild animals, and working to change dangerous wildlife consumption behaviours are all needed, said the leading wildlife conservation group, WCS. With the outbreak of the Wuhan Coronavirus, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) ...

Asia's hardest year for dengue fever – in pictures
Families at Angkor hospital for children in Siem Reap in north-west Cambodia

The global toll of dengue fever is becoming well known, with rising temperatures contributing to severe outbreaks that made 2019 the worst year on record for the disease. In 1970 only nine countries faced severe dengue outbreaks. But the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes that ...

Photographer Luke Duggleby and journalist Laure Siegel

Laos is on course to graduate from least developed country status

Past policies that have enabled Laos to meet the UN’s least developed country (LDC) graduation thresholds are no longer adequate to ensure sustainable development. The focus of future policies should be on fostering greater productive capacity, increased economic diversification and enabling a stronger business environment. The ...

Buavanh Vilavong and Sitthiroth Rasphone

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