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  • 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

  • UNDP Chief stresses importance of human development for graduation from Least Developed Country status Mar 14, 2017

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator and Chair of the United Nations Development Group Helen Clark highlights progress in Lao PDR’s sustainable development.

  • Helen Clark: Strong partnerships crucial for SDG attainment Mar 13, 2017

    UNDP Chief Helen Clark commends Lao PDR for leading the region in progress towards realising the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Clear lands, safe people – illusion or reality? Mar 1, 2017

    This op-ed discusses how UNDP supports the Lao government in UXO clearance.

  • 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.