Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)

During the Second Indochina war (1964-1975), more than 2 million tons of bombs were dropped on Lao PDR, making it one of the most heavily bombed countries in the world. Today cluster sub-munitions and other UXO continue to kill and injure dozens of people a year. Large areas of Laos are contaminated with UXO. The presence of UXO negatively affects the socio-economic development of the country, preventing access to agricultural land and increasing the costs, through land clearance, of all development projects. In 2016, Lao PDR launched a localised Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 18 on reducing the UXO obstacle to development.

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Through the Government's National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao), UNDP and other partners help to clear land with improved technology, training de-miners and offering community-based UXO risk education and surveys, particularly in the most UXO-affected provinces. UNDP also seeks to improve the overall coordination and planning of the UXO sector as a whole through its institutional support to the National Regulatory Authority for the UXO/Mine Action Sector in the Lao PDR (NRA). more

UXO Lao, the national clearance operator, making land safe in Xieng Khouang province.

Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Laophotomore

Our Stories

UXO clearance in action
UXO Lao clearance technician in the northeastern province Xieng Khouang. Photo credit: UN in Lao PDR/Lou Sensouphone
Clear lands, safe people – illusion or reality?

Imagine a country of mountainous landscapes, lush green forests and quietly flowing rivers. Imagine its people, who sport their positive attitude like a national badge. Imaginemore 

Virtual Reality film
Virtual Reality films viewed through headsets create a perfectly immersive experience. Photo: UN in Lao PDR/Daniel Hodgson
Step into the reality of a UXO clearance team

UNDP Lao PDR has taken UXO Lao's 20th anniversary as an opportunity to produce UNDP's first Virtual Reality film and put the viewer right into the field, with a demining team. Through the power of virtual reality, we witness the extreme work of this team, and follow Saysamone, the team leader and her crew.more 

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