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  • 01 Aug 2014
    SPEECH: Ms. Azusa Kubota, UNDP Resident Representative in Lao PDR, a.i. on the occasion of 4th Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

    I feel privileged and honored to be here with you this morning as we celebrate the Fourth Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions or in short, the CCM. As the documentary shown here today clearly demonstrates, no country has felt more deeply the devastating impact of cluster munitions than the Lao PDR.

  • 01 Aug 2014
    Alexandra Bounxouei teams up with UNDP for UXO documentary

    One Day at a Time – Alexandra on the Bombie Trail is produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lao PDR in collaboration with the National Regulatory Authority for the UXO/Mine Action Sector (NRA), the Lao National UXO Programme (UXO Lao) and the Lao New Wave Cinema Productions. The film is being launched today in Vientiane as part of an event to mark the fourth anniversary of the Convention on Cluster Munitions entering into force in 2010.

  • 30 Jul 2014
    Maintaining human development requires reducing risks and building resilience

    Vientiane –The 2014 Human Development Report titled “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience” shows that the overall global trend in human development is positive, including in the Lao PDR. However, persistent vulnerability threatens human development worldwide, and unless the risk is systematically addressed, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable.

  • 30 Jun 2014
    New project to strengthen National Assembly

    Vientiane, 30th June 2014 – The legislative, oversight and representational role of the National Assembly will receive a boost over the next year through a new support project launched today in Vientiane.

  • 18 Jun 2014
    United Nations Resident Coordinator presents credentials to the Deputy Prime Minister

    United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Ms. Kaarina Immonen, presented her credentials to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 18 June, 2014.

  • 17 Jun 2014
    Climate change conference brings together agricultural experts from the region

    An international conference on adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sector opened today in Vientiane. The event, hosted by the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI), will bring together participants from various scientific and research institutions as well as other organisations working in the field of agriculture and rural development from the Southeast Asia.

  • 23 May 2014
    Outgoing UN Resident Coordinator: Impressive achievements in development

    Lao PDR has demonstrated impressive achievements in development over the last few years, says the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative Minh Pham.

  • 04 Apr 2014
    SPEECH: UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Minh Pham on the occasion of the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

    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.

  • 31 Mar 2014
    Stories from Laos: 'I'm the first female bomb disposal expert'

    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.

  • 31 Mar 2014
    Alexandra Bounxouei: “People need to know about the bombs in Laos”

    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.

  • 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.

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