ASEAN Can Lead Sustainable And Inclusive Economic Development, Here's How

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are gathering for their 35th summit in Bangkok this week to chart a course for the region’s economic future. As we’ve argued before, Southeast Asia is re-emerging as a theater for major powers to exert geopolitical ...

Deepali Khanna

What Mekong Delta Communities Can Teach Us About Access to Safe Water

Among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) perhaps no other topic has more of an impact on global progress than water. Water management determines the sustainability of industries, ecosystems, peace, and livelihoods, and critically impacts human health. [] Half of all the bottled water that we sampled in ...

Zita Sebesvari

VN to complete statistical indicators set for sustainable development

The General Statistics Office (GSO) is in the process of finalizing a set of statistical indicators for Việt Nam’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), the office said.The set of SDGs indicators is expected to be issued within this month. Keep reading ...

Viet Nam News Staff

Laos striving to graduate from LDC status, Asian editors told

The government is pursuing its mission to remove Laos from Least Developed Country (LDC) status by 2020 and become an upper middle income country by 2030, a senior government official told Asia News Network (ANN) editors last week.Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr ...

Achieve lagging millennium goals, targets, PM instructs

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has said the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) should be continued since the country has fallen short of achieving some of the targets. Mr Thongloun, also the Chairman of the National Guiding Committee for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals ...

FMs welcome move to marry ASEAN vision with UN agenda

ASEAN Foreign Ministers (FMs) have welcomed the initiative to combine ASEAN Community Vision 2025 with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, saying this should be accorded top priority.Keep reading ...

VN, UN sign strategic $423m plan for 2017-21

The Government of Việt Nam and the United Nations signed a new strategic plan for the 2017-21 period in Hà Nội yesterday.The new Government of Việt Nam-United Nations Joint One Strategic Plan (OSP) has been signed between the Government of Việt Nam and 18 UN ...

Upgrade country’s statistics standards to make most of cooperation efforts, official says

Laos will have difficulties in the implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda as well as pushing the country to graduate from Least Developed Countries (LDC) by 2020 without accurate and timely statistics, a government official has stated.Addressing a statistics seminar in ...

Lao Statistics looks to attain international standards by 2020

The Lao Statistics Bureau (LSB) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has informed that it has now successfully created a strategic development plan of sustainable national statistics for 2016-25 and its vision for 2030. This will be a further step to integrate with ...

Laos calls for UN programmes to match development goals

Laos would like United Nations cooperation programmes to comply with the priorities laid out in the development plans of the countries it is assisting, to help them achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith stressed this perspective in his remarks at ...

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