As the Lao PDR is moving on from the preparation of its Voluntary National Review (VNR), the time is opportune to review some of the specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how their implementation may be improved. This study focuses on the state of implementation of policies related to sustainable consumption and production (SCP), Sustainable Development Goal 12 (SDG 12). The study assesses the current state of affairs and gives policy recommendations for short- and long-term changes to the Lao PDR’s strategic plans across various ministries.
Within sectoral plans, the degree to which the 11 distinct SCP targets are included varies markedly. Some targets, such as 12.1., 12.6., 12.7., 12.C., are not included in either current national ministry documents or in the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP). As a result, this study proposes that certain ministry and strategic documents include SCP relevant objectives and targets in the future.