Lao Generation 2030: a pledge for future generations

Lao Generation 2030: a pledge for future generations

UNICEF Laos
25 November 2019

Lao PDR, 14 November 2019 – The Government of Lao PDR and UNICEF came together this week to reaffirm the country’s commitment to realizing the rights of every child at the Lao Generation 2030 Forum, as part of this year’s CRC@30 celebrations. The high-level event brought together over 300 participants from government, civil society, development partners, private sector and youth representatives from all provinces, as well as newly appointed Regional Ambassador for East Asia & Pacific, Siwon Choi.

“Children will be tomorrow’s leaders and the drivers of the Lao PDR’s future prosperity,” said Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao PDR, at the opening of the event. “By upholding the rights of every child, and investing in children today, we will ensure a bright future not only for that child, but for the country as a whole.”

Participants pledged their support to develop Lao human capital by achieving SDG1 and the national target of reducing the percentage of children who are multidimensionally deprived by half by 2030 and to make investments in children, adolescents and young people a key priority in the 9th and 10th National Socio-Economic Development Plans (NSEDPs).

“Spending on a child’s health, nutrition, education, protection, and social, emotional and cognitive development is not only a sound economic investment but morally it is the right thing to do. Surviving and developing to their full potential is the fundamental right of every child,” stated H.E. Alounkeo Kittikhoun, Minister to the Prime Ministers’ Office and Vice President of the NCAWMC


The Lao Generation 2030 Initiative is calling to take full advantage of the demographic transition that the country is now experiencing. By increasing investments in the first 1,000 days and early childhood, school age and adolescence, the lives of children and adolescents will improve, thereby determining the success of the Lao PDR’s advancement in its socio-economic development and graduation from LDC.


The event culminated with signatures of a renewed national commitment on child rights – a joint pledge from all stakeholders to support the government’s efforts in “unleashing the unlimited potential of the Lao Generation 2030”, by reducing poverty; making investments in children, adolescents and young people a joint priority; strengthening national health, education and child protection systems, as well as national statistics systems; and paying special attention to gender equality and the empowerment of adolescent girls. Participants agreed to take stock on progress for Lao Generation 2030 every year around the celebration of the World Children’s Day on 20 November.

Congratulating the government of Lao PDR on its commitment to advance child rights, UNICEF Representative to Lao PDR Octavian Bivol concluded: “building the human capital of the Lao Generation 2030 is an investment in the sustainable development of the country”.

 

Lao Generation 2030: a pledge for future generations
UNICEF Laos/2019/Bart Verweij
H.E. Sonexay Siphandone, Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Planning and Investment of the Lao PDR, Karin Hulshof, UNICEF East Asia & Pacific Regional Director, Octavian Bivol, UNICEF Representative in Lao PDR, and Siwon Choi, UNICEF Regional Ambassador, signed the national pledge for Lao Generation 2030.

A new Regional Ambassador in East Asia & Pacific

The event was also notable for the appointment of Siwon Choi as new Regional Ambassador by UNICEF East Asia & Pacific Regional Director Karin Hulshof: “We look forward to working closely together with Siwon in our advocacy and fundraising efforts, with a special focus on promoting and protecting children’s rights online in the region.”

Siwon Choi, from Korean boyband Super Junior, has been a loyal supporter of UNICEF and the cause of children since 2015 as Special Representative for UNICEF Korea. 

“Global trends, like digital technologies, climate change, migration and urbanization are changing childhood in this region fast”, said Siwon Choi in his first remarks as Regional Ambassador. “On the anniversary of the CRC, I look forward to continuing my work with UNICEF as Regional Ambassador, to ensure that every child has every right”. 

After the event, adolescents took part in a panel discussion with Mr. Siwon Choi, H.E. Shin Sung-soon, Ambassador of Korea to Lao PDR, and three youth advocates in Lao PDR. The panel discussion, moderated by Karin Hulshof, provided the space for children to discuss ways to unleash the unlimited potential of the Lao Generation 2030.

At a side event, adolescents asked UNICEF Regional Ambassador Siwon Choi his reason for choosing to promote and support children’s rights in the region.
UNICEF Laos/2019/Saykoson
At a side event, adolescents asked UNICEF Regional Ambassador Siwon Choi his reason for choosing to promote and support children’s rights in the region.
At a side event, adolescents asked UNICEF Regional Ambassador Siwon Choi his reason for choosing to promote and support children’s rights in the region.
UNICEF Laos/2019/Saykoson
At a side event, adolescents asked UNICEF Regional Ambassador Siwon Choi his reason for choosing to promote and support children’s rights in the region.

For more information on the Lao Generation 2030, please see a presentation on

The Lao Generation 2030,

The Lao Generation 2030 roadmap

The national pledge.