Celebrating 50 Years of Partnership and Progress: UNICEF and the Government of Lao PDR Strengthen Commitment to Children's Rights and Welfare

The Ministry of Planning and Investment and UNICEF highlight key milestone achievements and events celebrating their 50 years of cooperation.

06 November 2023
UNICEF Lao PDR and Ministry of Planning and Investment team during the media briefing on the activities and events to celebrate UNICEF's 50th anniversary in Lao PDR.
UNICEF Laos/GYim/2023

Vientiane, 6 November 2023 – The Government of Lao PDR and UNICEF kicked off the countdown of celebrations marking their 50 years of cooperation this week. At a joint media briefing led by Ms. Phonevanh Outhavong, Vice Minister of Ministry of Planning and Investment, and UNICEF Representative Dr. Pia Rebello Britto, national media were updated on key activities celebrating achievements for children over the last 50 years and its culmination at a high-level event later this month in Vientiane Capital. 

After a recent teacher appreciation ceremony at Parkson Mall, led by the Ministry of Education and Sports, further events are planned throughout the month focusing on key areas of child rights. These include events on nutrition and health led by the Ministry of Health, a celebration of social workers with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, and youth and cultural events in cooperation with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (Lao National Radio and Cinema Department).   

“This celebration is a testament to what we can achieve when we come together for a common cause,” said Ms. Phonevanh Outhavong. “This 50-year milestone with UNICEF is not just a moment to look back on our achievements but a starting point for the significant work that lies ahead. Together, we reaffirm our commitment to the children of Lao PDR, who are the heart of our nation's future." 

The Ministry of Planning and Investment has a key coordination role with UNICEF Lao PDR and is the signatory to UNICEF’s Country Programme Document, which outlines the organization's plan of action in Lao PDR. This document aligns UNICEF's interventions with the country's national development goals, priorities and challenges, particularly those related to children and women. 

"The beauty of this 50-year journey is that it's a shared endeavor, built on the collective efforts of the Government of Lao PDR, line ministries and so many committed partners,” said UNICEF’s Dr. Pia Rebello Britto. “While we honour and celebrate the remarkable strides we have made, we are keenly aware that the road ahead calls for sustained commitment. UNICEF is proud to continue walking this path, side by side with our Lao partners, to create enduring positive impact in the lives of children." 

During the event, Ms. Phonevanh Outhavong outlined key celebratory events and apprised the media high-level event taking place on November 22nd at the National Convention Centre in Vientiane. This event, chaired by the Prime Minister H.E. Sonexay Siphandone, will be a moment to reflect on achievements in the promotion of child welfare and to look forward at ways the Government of Lao PDR and partners can continue to support children and families.  

UNICEF highlighted the important role of partners from all sectors, such as UN, development partners, and civil society organizations who are also engaging in sector events as a tribute to their contributions and commitment to Child Rights.

Media contacts

Simon Nazer
Chief of Communication
UNICEF Lao PDR
Tel: +856 2055519681
Tabongphet Phouthavong
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Lao PDR
Tel: +85621 487520;ext=7520
Tel: +856 20 96888890

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