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  • 05 Feb 2014
    Community radio coverage doubles, evaluation highlights challenges

    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.

  • 31 Jan 2014
    Legal sector capacity and access to justice to be improved

    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.

  • 30 Jan 2014
    Humanity remains deeply unequal despite impressive progress, says UNDP report

    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.

  • 24 Jan 2014
    Governance and Public Administration Reform Programme critical to national development

    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.

  • 22 Jan 2014
    UN opens global call for nominations to identify local sustainable development solutions that can change the world

    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.

  • 20 Nov 2013
    Development Partners Share Outcomes of 11th High Level Round Table Meeting With the President

    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.”

  • 19 Nov 2013
    Round Table Meeting 2013: "Accelerating MDG Achievement and Inclusive Development"

    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.

  • 19 Nov 2013
    Keynote Address by Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP and chair of the United Nations Development Group at the Opening Session 11th High Level Round Table Meeting 2013

    “Accelerating MDG Achievement and Inclusive Development” 19th November 2013 National Convention Centre (NCC), Vientiane, Lao PDR

  • 18 Nov 2013
    Exhibition showcases development cooperation and achievements

    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.

  • 15 Nov 2013
    New project to boost UXO sector capacity

    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 Nov 2013
    Press Conference to announce the proceedings for the 11th High-level Round Table Meeting

    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.

  • 28 Oct 2013
    Government and development partners discuss plans for a legal sector training institute

    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.

  • 24 Oct 2013
    ‘Laos in Focus’ photo contest winner announced to mark the UN day

    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.

  • 22 Oct 2013
    Climate resilience to be integrated into local planning

    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.

  • 15 Oct 2013
    Canada pledges more than $1 million to UXO work

    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)

  • 07 Oct 2013
    New project to strengthen disaster risk management in Lao PDR

    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.

  • 27 Sep 2013
    Switzerland commits a further US$3.79 million to tackle UXO in Lao PDR

    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).

  • 12 Sep 2013
    UNDP launches Regional Report: ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’

    “The report is testament to the UNDP´s contribution to improve people's lives and the increased importance that UNDP attributes to results reporting and solid analysis of evidence of how we support transformational change,” said Rebeca Grynspan, Under Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator, who hosted the launch at the UN Headquarters.

  • 06 Sep 2013
    United Nations continues to support Lao PDR to achieve the MDGs

    Vientiane, 6th September 2013 – The United Nations Country Team today pledged to support the Government’s efforts to alleviate poverty in the country whilst calling for more interconnected solutions in order for Laos to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 06 Sep 2013
    New photo competition ‘Laos in Focus’ launched

    Photographers and young people from all over Laos are invited to enter their snapshots for Laos in Focus - picturing the MDGs photo competition, launched on Friday September 6th.