At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders, including Lao PDR’s President Choummaly Sayasone, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.
The Sustainable Development Goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. The MDGs, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation.
Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.
The new SDGs, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further than the MDGs, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.
In an address at a pre-consultation on the SDGs in preparation for the 12th High Level Round Table meeting on November 9th, 2015, Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment of Lao PDR, pledged to support the implementation of the goals for the benefit of all Lao citizens:
“The Sustainable Development Goals mark a major rededication of the world to the commitment to fighting growing inequality, wiping out extreme poverty and tackling the issues of climate change over the next 15 years,” he said.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Lao PDR, I pledge our support and commitment to working towards achieving the SDGs and look forward to working with our national, regional and global partners to make them a reality.”
“As one of South East Asia’s fastest growing economies, Lao PDR’s rise to middle-income status presents us with both burgeoning opportunities and also daunting challenges. With the inspiration and guidance of the SDGs, we are confident of our ability to surmount these trials,” he added.