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The Government of Australia has committed A$5.9million (US$6.15 million) to support the UNCDF-UNDP Joint Programme “Making Access to Finance More Inclusive for Poor People (MAFIPP)”. The contribution was confirmed today at a ceremony, where an agreement was signed between H.E. Sonexay Sithphaxay, Deputy Governor of Bank of Lao PDR, H.E. Lynda Worthaisong, Australian Ambassador to Laos and Mr. Minh Pham, United Nations Resident Coordinator, in UN House in Vientiane.
Keanchan, who is one of the volunteers working at new UNDP-supported community radio station in Nonghet, interviewed UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Kyoko Yokosuka live on air on the day of the launch, 9th of May 2013.
The ethnic communities of Hmong, Khmu and Phong in Nonghet District, Xiengkhuang Province, can now tune into radio broadcasts in their own languages, thanks to a new community radio station launched in Nonghet on Thursday, by Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
We spoke to Alexandra, who has just been appointed our National Goodwill Ambassador. How does she feel about her new role and how is she planning to contribute to development in Laos?
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has appointed Ms. Alexandra Bounxouei as its first National Goodwill Ambassador for Lao PDR. The announcement was made today at a press conference held in the UN House.
The Government of Lao PDR and the International Community affirmed their commitment to a world free from the threat of mines and other remnants of war on Saturday morning in Patuxai Park, Vientiane. Hundreds of people gathered to witness the special ceremony and take part in a “fun walk/run” in an event organized by the UXO Sector in Lao PDR to commemorate the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
"I started out as a deminer back in 1999. I heard on the radio that UXO Lao were looking for new staff to help with their clearance operations, and I thought it would be an exciting job."
It was both a hopeful and a sobering visit we had recently to the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE), an innovative local organization in Vientiane that provides rehabilitation services to survivors of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).
The 2013 Human Development Report was launched on Thursday by Vice Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr. Bounthavy Sisouphanthong and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Minh Pham at a ceremony held in the Mercure hotel in Vientiane.
This week Laos saw the visit of the Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr. Aside from meetings with the Lao Government in Vientiane, the Minister travelled to Luang Prabang province in Northern Laos to investigate what he called “the terrible legacy of the second Indo-China war”. He was referring to the millions of cluster munitions dropped in Laos during 1964 and 1973 that failed to explode and still continue to kill and injure civilians today, 40 years after the war ended.
The Government of Ireland has confirmed its commitment to support to the UXO Sector in Lao PDR through a multi-year contribution of €2 million (2,7 million USD) through to 2015. The contribution will further strengthen the capacity of the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) and UXO Lao, the two national institutions tackling the deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance in Lao PDR. The funding will be channelled through the UXO Trust Fund, administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
On January 11 2013, at Don Chan Palace, the Ministry of Planning and Investment in collaboration with UNDP/UNEP organized the inception workshop for Phase II of the Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) to present the achievements of the PEI Phase I and discuss with stakeholders on the final work plan and approach for the successful delivery of Phase II.
More than 150 participants from the Government and the international community gathered to mark the International Human Rights Day on Monday at an event held in the Don Chan Palace in Vientiane.
Lao Red Cross, Government partners, embassies, volunteer organizations, volunteers, Lao National University and UN officials celebrated the International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 7th at the UN House with a blood donation under the theme ‘Volunteer Action Counts’.
The Customary Law Report is the first of its kind to assess customary justice practices among the 49 officially recognized ethnic groups in Lao PDR and is a step forward in incorporating customary practices into the overall legal system, a key requirement in establishing a rule of law state by 2020.
H.E. Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong on Monday heard about the successful result of the Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) 2012 following a debriefing by 13 international Heads of Delegations.
Today, as senior representatives of the Government and its development partners gather at the Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) 2012, we will focus again on finding practical and effective ways of improving strategic development results in Lao PDR. Critically, the annual discussion will witness a key difference this year, with a significant broadening of participation.
It is an historic moment for Lao PDR as leaders from at least 46 nations, the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat gather in Vientiane today for the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on development issues of common interest.
The Government of Lao PDR is looking to invite UN Special Rapporteurs to Lao PDR to examine and monitor the human rights situation in the country. At a workshop on 17 August, government representatives and development partners discussed the practicalities involved of working with the Rapporteurs.
Khoun Ethnic Community Radio is the first community-run multilingual station in Lao PDR and was founded in 2007, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).