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  • 09 Apr 2013
    Singer Alexandra Bounxouei appointed UNDP’s Goodwill Ambassador for Lao PDR

    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.

  • 06 Apr 2013
    Walk marks the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

    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.

  • 04 Apr 2013
    Meet Santi Khotisen, Deputy Provincial Coordinator for UXO Lao in Luang Prabang

    "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."

  • 04 Apr 2013
    A Moral Obligation to Act and Remove the Threat of Cluster Munitions - By Noeleen Heyzer and Minh H. Pham

    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).

  • 22 Mar 2013
    Steady growth in human development for Lao PDR, inequality slowing down progress

    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.

  • 22 Feb 2013
    Australian Minister’s visit highlights the challenges of tackling the UXO in Laos

    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.

  • 21 Jan 2013
    Ireland commits further €2million to support the UXO sector in Laos

    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).

  • 11 Jan 2013
    Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) Phase II Inception Workshop

    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.

  • 11 Dec 2012
    Laos commemorates the Human Rights Day

    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.

  • 07 Dec 2012
    Blood donation marks the International Volunteer Day

    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’.

  • 04 Dec 2012
    Customary Law Report highlights traditional justice practices among ethnic groups

    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.

  • 27 Nov 2012
    Prime Minister briefed on Round Table Results

    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.

  • 23 Nov 2012
    For Our Mutual Benefit: A Broadened Dialogue for Development Results By Minh H. Pham

    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.

  • 05 Nov 2012
    Between History and the Future: Ensuring Successful Development By Minh H. Pham

    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.

  • 17 Aug 2012
    Government to assess country's human rights situation

    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.

  • 09 Aug 2012
    Meet the volunteers of Khoun Ethnic Community Radio

    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).

  • 07 Aug 2012
    New programme to boost public service delivery

    The National Governance and Public Administration Reform (NGPAR) programme will provide a new way of thinking and doing in public service improvement by assigning more responsibilities and tasks to district authorities, who are at the frontline of development efforts.

  • 06 Aug 2012
    One door to fast and efficient public services

    Life has become easier for residents of Pek District, in the central Lao province of Xiengkhouang, since the One Door Service Centre opened in May 2008 and made important administrative tasks less complicated and time consuming.

  • 06 Aug 2012
    Germany boosts UXO Lao operations in Luang Prabang

    Germany extended its support today to the Lao national Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao), supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with an additional 271,911 euro (approximately US$ 333,224) contribution.

  • 01 Aug 2012
    Winning logo of the Lao specific MDG 9 launched

    The logo for the Lao specific Millennium Development Goal 9, to reduce the impact of UXO, has been presented at a ceremony celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), held at the National Cultural Hall in Vientiane on 1 August.

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