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  • Clearing Lao PDR from unexploded ordnance is vital for sustainable development Aug 18, 2017

    The Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Sector Working Group met today in Vientiane to discuss and outline progress and plans for dealing with the UXO obstacle to Lao PDR’s development. Sector Working Groups link local progress to national plans and policies within the national Round Table Process, Lao PDR’s development cooperation forum.

  • Lao PDR marks the seventh anniversary of the Entry Into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions Jul 31, 2017

    For Lao PDR, the most bombed country per capita in the world, 1 August is a significant date. The day marks the anniversary of the Entry Into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and 2017 is the seventh anniversary. The Convention is an international treaty that prohibits the, production, use, transfer and storage of these explosive weapons. To mark the anniversary, the Government of Lao PDR, development partners and entities active in the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) sector came together at an event organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.

  • Opening the doors to new livelihoods Jul 14, 2017

    The buzzing of many voices fills the room as visitors are squeezing past each other to catch a glimpse of the vocational training students at work. Seemingly undisturbed by the onlookers’ scrutiny, Moukdavanh moves her hands swiftly across the paper, drawing little marks with a pencil here and there, sometimes pausing before the next stroke. “I am drawing the sewing pattern for my next blouse,” she says excitedly. “And these are the shirts I have made so far,” she adds, pointing towards a rack of colourful and neatly draped clothes. The wide smile on her face indicates the pride she takes in learning the craft of tailoring.

  • Shaping a sustainable future, together Jul 10, 2017

    “Having a goal isn’t wishing. It isn’t a faint hope or a vague dream that someday we’ll have or do or be. No, having a goal is much, much more” – this is the opening message of a new film, titled This is Development: The Sustainable Development Goals in Lao PDR. The film was released today by the United Nations in Lao PDR, showing how the people of Laos pursue their goals and dreams, committed with hearts and minds.

  • New UXO support project signed Jul 7, 2017

    Minister of Labour and Social Welfare H.E. Dr. Khampheng Xaysompheng and UNDP Resident Representative a.i. Mr. Balasubramaniam Murali today signed a new project document focusing on enhanced support to livelihoods activities for affected populations, improved efficiency of clearance operations, significant progress in the effort to establish a national baseline of UXO contamination, improved transparency in results reporting and financial reporting, and improved coordination of sector activities through enhanced management of information.

  • Meet our Community Radio Volunteers! Jun 15, 2017

    Meet Nokna, Seuth and Sisavan, three of our Community Radio Volunteers who are proud to serve their communities by volunteering as broadcasters, producers, researchers and translators for Lao PDR's nationwide Community Radio Station network.

  • Planting the seed of environmental awareness Jun 15, 2017

    “Today I will plant my first tree.” It’s early morning, but Boui is already excited, fidgeting in his chair. He proudly holds up a drawing, showing his friends and family planting seedlings. “I drew this picture over the school holiday and hope I can win one of the prizes in the drawing competition.”

  • UNDP Executive Board welcomes appointment of Achim Steiner as new Administrator Apr 20, 2017

    The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the appointment of Achim Steiner as the Organization’s new Administrator.

  • Government of Lao PDR and UNDP mark International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action Apr 4, 2017

    Members of the Government of Lao PDR, Ambassadors, development organisations, and bodies active in the unexploded ordnance sector all participated on Tuesday in an event to mark International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action in Vientiane.

  • UNDP: Human development needs focus on excluded groups Mar 22, 2017

    Lao PDR climbs up the ranks even as challenges remain for all countries globally, according to UNDP’s Human Development Report 2016