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  • Haoliang Xu: Speech on "The Changing Role of UNDP in Asia-Pacific" at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs Feb 17, 2017

    Key Points • As the global development architecture continues to change, UNDP is evolving from a donor into an advisor and development service provider; • We maintained a $1 billion annual delivery while implementing a challenging change process; • In 2017, our goal is to increase domestic public and private co-financing to 15 percent of our delivery as a means of adapting UNDP to the new development landscape.

  • One man and his tea Feb 2, 2017

    This story starts in 2008. On a misty morning, Phasi, a local farmer of Ngodphae Village, in the Northern Lao province of Xieng Khouang climbed Phou San, a mountain close to his village. Huddled in a fleece jacket against the chill of the morning, he ascended higher and higher on the slopes. Collecting dewdrops on the tip of his fingers, his hands brushed the low shrubs by his feet as he was panting up the mountain. Stopping cold in his tracks, he suddenly bowed down, close to one of the light-green plants by his feet. In an affectionate gesture, he stroked the top of the Camellia Sinensis bush, turning the branches around to see whether the pointed leaves bore the secret he was looking for. A smile crumpled up his weather-worn face, as he gently tugged a reddish-brown fruit off the tip of the branch.

  • National Assembly hotline helps villagers realise their rights Jan 31, 2017

    A telephone call to the National Assembly’s hotline allowed the 66 families of Lamong village in southern Lao PDR to receive the compensation they were entitled to by law.

  • Two new reports examine graduation from Least Developed Country status Dec 13, 2016

    Lao PDR’s 5th National Human Development Report and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development´s (UNCTAD) Least Developed Countries Report 2016 were launched on Tuesday by Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment, and Ms. Kaarina Immonen, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. The launch was attended by government officials from line ministries and development partners.

  • Three UN agencies renew their commitment to the development of Lao PDR Dec 12, 2016

    UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF jointly signed a Letter of Agreement on the implementation of their new country programme documents with officials from the Government.

  • Step into the reality of a UXO clearance team Nov 29, 2016

    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.

  • Lao PDR’s first-ever flashmob inspires climate action Nov 26, 2016

    Young actors, dancers and volunteers from around the world gathered on the Mekong river-bank with an unprecedented surprise performance to stimulate action on climate change and celebrate International Volunteers Day.

  • Remarks in the Opening Session of RTIM 2016 by Ms. Kaarina Immonen, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative Nov 25, 2016

    Remarks in the Opening Session of Round Table Implementation Meeting in Vientiane Province by Ms. Kaarina Immonen, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative. The theme of the 2016 RTIM is “Accelerating the implementation of 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (8th NSEDP 2016-2020) for LDC graduation and achievement of SDGs”. Vientiane Province RTIM ‘Policy Implementation Dialogue’

  • Remarks in the Closing Session of RTIM 2016 by Ms. Kaarina Immonen, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative Nov 25, 2016

    Remarks in the Closing Session of RTIM 2016 by Ms. Kaarina Immonen, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative 2016 Round Table Implementation Meeting delivered on 25th November 2016 - Vientiane Province.

  • The Government of Lao PDR & partners agree priority actions for development Nov 25, 2016

    The two-day Round Table Implementation Meeting concluded in Vientiane Province today with the Government and its partners endorsing the Vientiane Declaration Country Action Plan.