2016 Round Table Implementation Meeting Pre-consultation on Sustainable Development Goals for the development of Lao PDR

Progress in integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the national development agenda of Lao PDR is made through efforts of both the Government and its development partners. 

Vientiane 10 November 2016 A pre-consultation meeting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) leading to the Round Table Implementation Meeting 2016 was held in Don Chan Palace in Vientiane Capital.

Representatives from the Government, civil societies, private sectors, and international development partners of the country gathered to discuss on local and global trends of development as well as the integration of SDGs into the country’s development plan.

The objective of the meeting was to provide a platform for all national and international stakeholders for dialogue on how SDG achievement can be accelerated and integration into national plans and systems. There were five panelists from Lao Statistic Bureau, Indonesia, Lao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, World Vision and the UN Delegation to Lao PDR invited to speak and share experience on SDG integration and implementation from global and regional perspectives to national and provincial implementation.

At today’s pre-consultation, His Excellency Mr. Thongphane Savanphet, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs said “The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last year is a historic milestone of the international community, reflecting the global commitment to eradicating poverty, fighting growing inequality, promoting inclusive and sustained economic growth, addressing a range of social needs and leaving no one behind, while taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.

The SDGs have been integrated into the National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP 2016 -2020)’s Monitoring &Evaluation Framework, with 60 percent of NSEDP indicators linked to SDG indicators. They will now need to be integrated into sector strategies and provincial development plans. Lao PDR’s graduation from Least Developed Country status by 2020 will be driven if the 8th NSEDP is implemented successfully.

A SDG roadmap will be developed that is linked to the 8th NSEDP and the longer term national strategies. It will include needs assessment and costing to determine the volume of public investment required for SDG achievement. The private sector plays a crucial role in achieving the SDGs, for instance by ensuring decent work and reducing poverty, increasing domestic revenues, enhancing environmental sustainability and promoting education and skill development.

The integrated nature of the SDGs requires corresponding institutional arrangements, within and across national and local governments. During the meeting, the Development Finance and Aid Assessment (DFAA) Report is launched by both Ministry of Planning and Investment and UNDP, with its recommendations for effective management of development finance for sustainable development in Lao PDR.

In order to keep up the SDG implementation, the Round Table Implementation Meeting on 24th and 25th November 2016 (RTIM 2016) in Vientiane Province will shift a development dialogue onto future collaboration on national development priorities as well as SDG achievement at nation-wide level. Round Table Implementation Meetings are part of the national Round Table Process, a mechanism to ensure maximum impact of development efforts.

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  • Morakot Vongxay, Director of UN Division at Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Planning and Investment: Tel: 021-222214, Email: