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Officials gather in Vientiane for training in psychological first aid and mental health and psychosocial support, under the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare with support from KOICA and UNICEF, which have been helping to strengthen social service workforce capacity in these fields since 2021, to better help children and families. The collaboration, which is part of the “Integrated Programme for Climate Resilience and Empowerment in Attapeu province 2019-2023”, has helped support the development and launch of the first-ever national mental health training manual and subsequent trainings at the national and provincial levels. Booklets on the subject for children, adolescents and parents have also been written and distributed to improve communities’ understanding about mental well-being. Since August 2021, a total of 132 social service workers (54 female and 78 male) have been trained.


Representatives of three companies on Monday display a signed operation and maintenance service agreement for the Nam Lik 1 hydropower plant. The agreement was inked by the Managing Director of Ratch-Lao Services Company Limited Mr Chollawit Winitchai (first right); Assistant Governor-Business Project of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) Mr Suchin Sayasonthi (centre); and Managing Director of Nam Lik 1 Power Company Limited Mr Reungpong Reunghirun (first left). Under the agreement, the Nam Lik 1 hydropower plant will be operated and maintained by Ratch-Lao Services Company Limited. Nam Lik 1 is a 64.5MW hydro scheme located in the Nam Lik river/basin in Vientiane, and became operational in 2019.

Members of the Lao Youth Media Department of the Lao Youth Centre and SOS Children's Villages attend a discussion workshop about basic life skill development and empowering young people in speech and information retrieval. The event marked International Children's Day and National Arbour Day on June 1, and gave Lao youth from all ethnic groups the chance to more deeply understand the Party and state’s policy guidelines.                                                                                     --Photo Ounkham

The Representative of UNDP to Laos, senior ministry officials and invited guests meet to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning inters (LGBTQI) issues in Vientiane. The main focus of the dialogue was to better understand the non-discrimination legal framework in Laos, including by looking at the labour law, criminal law, and family law, and then to share experiences on how such laws serve to protect people from discrimination.

Officials from the Ministry of Justice and the Public Security Department in Vangvieng district, Vientiane province, last month meet with the Director of the Justice Organisation Management Division of the Ministry of Justice, Mrs Lothchana Khemthong, to explore how they could better respond to and prevent violence against women. The training session followed the recommendations outlined in an assessment conducted last year by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on capacity to implement the National Action Plan on Preventing and Eliminating Violence against Women.

Prosecutors and government officials from five southern provinces gather in Pakxe city, Champassak province, for a workshop to improve the work carried out by court prosecutors in these provinces. The workshop is taking place from June 6-9 and is attended by the Director General of the Inspection Department of the Office of the Supreme People’s Prosecutor, Ms Phonethip Savary, and Director of the Institute for Legal Support and Technical Assistance Lao Office, Mr John Connolly. The event was organised by the Office of the Supreme People’s Prosecutor and Luxembourg’s Institute for Legal Support and Technical Assistance. The workshop aims to broaden the understanding of prosecutors of the correct procedures in cases involving corruption and money laundering, as well as how to effectively carry out their duties. Discussions aim to improve the work of the Inspection Department in a systematic manner and in keeeping with current needs.


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