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  • 11 Dec 2012
    Laos commemorates the Human Rights Day

    More than 150 participants from the Government and the international community gathered to mark the International Human Rights Day on Monday at an event held in the Don Chan Palace in Vientiane.

  • 07 Dec 2012
    Blood donation marks the International Volunteer Day

    Lao Red Cross, Government partners, embassies, volunteer organizations, volunteers, Lao National University and UN officials celebrated the International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 7th at the UN House with a blood donation under the theme ‘Volunteer Action Counts’.

  • 04 Dec 2012
    Customary Law Report highlights traditional justice practices among ethnic groups

    The Customary Law Report is the first of its kind to assess customary justice practices among the 49 officially recognized ethnic groups in Lao PDR and is a step forward in incorporating customary practices into the overall legal system, a key requirement in establishing a rule of law state by 2020.

  • 27 Nov 2012
    Prime Minister briefed on Round Table Results

    H.E. Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong on Monday heard about the successful result of the Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) 2012 following a debriefing by 13 international Heads of Delegations.

  • 23 Nov 2012
    For Our Mutual Benefit: A Broadened Dialogue for Development Results By Minh H. Pham

    Today, as senior representatives of the Government and its development partners gather at the Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) 2012, we will focus again on finding practical and effective ways of improving strategic development results in Lao PDR. Critically, the annual discussion will witness a key difference this year, with a significant broadening of participation.

  • 05 Nov 2012
    Between History and the Future: Ensuring Successful Development By Minh H. Pham

    It is an historic moment for Lao PDR as leaders from at least 46 nations, the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat gather in Vientiane today for the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on development issues of common interest.

  • 17 Aug 2012
    Government to assess country's human rights situation

    The Government of Lao PDR is looking to invite UN Special Rapporteurs to Lao PDR to examine and monitor the human rights situation in the country. At a workshop on 17 August, government representatives and development partners discussed the practicalities involved of working with the Rapporteurs.

  • 09 Aug 2012
    Meet the volunteers of Khoun Ethnic Community Radio

    Khoun Ethnic Community Radio is the first community-run multilingual station in Lao PDR and was founded in 2007, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 07 Aug 2012
    New programme to boost public service delivery

    The National Governance and Public Administration Reform (NGPAR) programme will provide a new way of thinking and doing in public service improvement by assigning more responsibilities and tasks to district authorities, who are at the frontline of development efforts.

  • 06 Aug 2012
    Germany boosts UXO Lao operations in Luang Prabang

    Germany extended its support today to the Lao national Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao), supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with an additional 271,911 euro (approximately US$ 333,224) contribution.

  • 06 Aug 2012
    One door to fast and efficient public services

    Life has become easier for residents of Pek District, in the central Lao province of Xiengkhouang, since the One Door Service Centre opened in May 2008 and made important administrative tasks less complicated and time consuming.

  • 01 Aug 2012
    Winning logo of the Lao specific MDG 9 launched

    The logo for the Lao specific Millennium Development Goal 9, to reduce the impact of UXO, has been presented at a ceremony celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), held at the National Cultural Hall in Vientiane on 1 August.

  • 27 Jul 2012
    Sudha Gooty, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, talks to Khoun Community Radio

    During her recent field visit to Xiengkhouang Province, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, Ms. Sudha Gooty was interviewed by volunteers of the Khoun Community Radio, Lao PDR's first multi-lingual community-run radio station.

  • 04 Jul 2012
    New UN action plan to support national development efforts

    The United Nations 4-year development plan 2012 to 2015 was signed today by Dr. Thoungloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Minh Pham, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.

  • 22 Jun 2012
    Rio+20 Legacy: World Centre for Sustainable Development launched by Brazil and UNDP

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22 June 2012—As a major and concrete legacy of the Rio+20 Conference, the Brazilian Government announced the creation of Rio+ Centre, the World Centre for Sustainable Development, at a ceremony this morning attended by Izabella Teixeira, Brazil’s Minister for the Environment and Helen Clark, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator.

  • 13 Jun 2012
    Empowering women parliamentarians in Lao PDR

    “There is no university to prepare you for a job as a legislator, but you are important as the voice of 6.4 million people in Lao PDR,” said UNDP consultant Donna Bugby-Smith to Lao PDR's women parliamentarians.

  • 13 Jun 2012
    Rio+20: A Future That Lao PDR Needs - by Minh Pham

    In one week the world will meet in Brazil, aiming for a new milestone in accelerating progress toward development that meets the needs of present generations without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their own needs.

  • 12 Jun 2012
    New Zealand boosts UXO Lao operations in Xieng Khouang

    The Government of New Zealand has stepped up its assistance to tackle unexploded ordnance (UXO) problems in Lao PDR’s second most contaminated province, Xieng Khouang. The USD 1.89 million contribution will support UXO Lao clearance operations, roving tasks, surveys, quality assurance and control, as well as risk education and training.

  • 05 Jun 2012
    Irrigation improvements and community based management to benefit Bolikhamsay's poorest farmers

    Irrigation systems in Bolikhan and Viengthong districts, two of the poorest in Bolikhamsay province, will be rehabilitated and improved, alongside community based natural resource management activities, in a new US$1.3 million project.

  • 03 May 2012
    Press highlight challenges on World Press Freedom Day

    The lack of protection, limited journalism training and uncertainty about media laws make it difficult for the press to accurately portray issues affecting the Lao people.

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