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International Mine Awareness Day is a meaningful day for all mine and UXO -affected countries such as Lao PDR. It is a day that we remember the innocent victims and reaffirm our strong commitment to a world free from the threat of mines and other remnants of war.
Lao PDR, one of the poorest countries in Asia, is also one of the world’s most heavily bombed places. Up to 30 percent of the 270 million cluster sub-munitions dropped during the Indochina conflict, along with other ordnance, did not detonate at the time of use. Today, much of it remains in the ground, killing dozens of Lao people each year through accidents, making land inaccessible, affecting food security, livelihoods and economic development, and preventing many from escaping poverty.
One year after her appointment as the National Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP Lao PDR, Lao singer Alexandra Bounxouei is more committed than ever to spread the word about the deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance in her country and to encourage donors to support the ongoing clearance works.
Vientiane 5th February 2014 – The community radio coverage has doubled in the past year in Lao PDR, with four stations now broadcasting to more than 110,000 people in Xieng Khuang and Sekong provinces. However, a recent evaluation has raised concerns about the quality of the current programming.
Vientiane, 31st January 2014 – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners including the European Union, France and the United States will assist Lao PDR on its journey of becoming a rule of law -state with a comprehensive support programme to the legal sector.
New York, 29 January 2014 – A sustained reduction in inequality requires a shift to more inclusive growth patterns – supported by redistributive polices and changes in social norms – says a report launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.
Vientiane, 24 January 2014 – Last year, 16 new districts joined the District Development Fund (DDF) system and 16 local One Door Service (ODS) centers continue to provide easier access to local citizens’ services. These key achievements of the National Governance and Public Administration Reform Programme (NGPAR) were presented at an annual review meeting of the programme at Mercure Hotel today.
New York, 22 January 2014 – A United Nations-led partnership that “shines a spotlight” on local sustainable development innovations today launched its global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2014.
Vientiane, 20 November 2013 – Heads of key Development Partner delegations were led by H.E Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs to brief H.E. Mr. Choummaly Xayasone, President of Lao PDR, on the results of the 11th High Level Round Table Meeting (HL RTM) held on 19 November 2013, which featured what they called “a very interactive, frank and fruitful discussion.”
The 11th High Level Round Table Meeting on 19 November focused on ways to deliver on Lao PDR's development priorities by 2015 while also setting the fundamental path for achieving longer-term goals. It brought together more than 400 participants from the Government of Lao PDR and Development Partners as well as the private sector and civil society organizations in high-quality policy dialogue.
“Accelerating MDG Achievement and Inclusive Development” 19th November 2013 National Convention Centre (NCC), Vientiane, Lao PDR
An exhibition featuring development cooperation activities between the Government of Lao PDR and its partners as well as a display of MDG-themed pictures was opened today at the National Convention Centre in Vientiane. The Development Exhibition was opened by H.E. Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific and H.E. Mr. Somdy Douangdy, Minister of Planning and Investment.
Vientiane, 15 November 2013- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will continue to support the UXO sector in Lao PDR through a new project designed to further strengthen the Government’s capacity to tackle the persisting UXO problem in the country.
13 November 2013, Vientiane - This year’s Round Table Meeting will bring together the Government of Lao PDR and its national and international development partners from more than 37 countries and 35 development agencies.
The establishment of a new legal training institute for legal and judicial professionals was the key theme at today’s workshop on human resources capacity development in the legal sector.
Vientiane, 23 October 2013 –A photo of child being vaccinated in a hospital in Luangnamtha has won the “Laos in Focus – picturing the MDGs” photo contest. The winning photo was taken by Mr. Siththisak Phaninhuan from Luang Namtha. The runner-ups are Mr. Midphasong Mingnakhone and Mr. Thipphakone Manyvong, both from Vientiane.
Vientiane 23 October 2013 – Climate resilient planning will be integrated into local decision making with a new US$4.98 million project aiming to encourage climate change adaptation in water resources and small scale rural infrastructure.
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada will be providing more than US$1 million to support the unexploded ordnance (UXO) sector in Laos. The funds will be channeled through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Mines Advisory Group (MAG)
Vientiane 7 October 2013 – Development of a disaster management law, establishing a national disaster management information system and installing early warning systems in two districts will be some of the key outcomes of a new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) -supported project launched today in Vientiane.
Switzerland extended its support to the UXO sector in Lao PDR today with an additional contribution of US$3.79 million. The funds will go towards strengthening the capacity of the National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Action (NRA) as well as supporting the on-going clearance operations of UXO Lao, the two national institutions tackling the deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Lao PDR. The contribution will be channelled through the UXO Trust Fund, administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).