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Vientiane, 23 October 2013 –A photo of child being vaccinated in a hospital in Luangnamtha has won the “Laos in Focus – picturing the MDGs” photo contest. The winning photo was taken by Mr. Siththisak Phaninhuan from Luang Namtha. The runner-ups are Mr. Midphasong Mingnakhone and Mr. Thipphakone Manyvong, both from Vientiane.
Vientiane 23 October 2013 – Climate resilient planning will be integrated into local decision making with a new US$4.98 million project aiming to encourage climate change adaptation in water resources and small scale rural infrastructure.
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada will be providing more than US$1 million to support the unexploded ordnance (UXO) sector in Laos. The funds will be channeled through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Mines Advisory Group (MAG)
Vientiane 7 October 2013 – Development of a disaster management law, establishing a national disaster management information system and installing early warning systems in two districts will be some of the key outcomes of a new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) -supported project launched today in Vientiane.
Switzerland extended its support to the UXO sector in Lao PDR today with an additional contribution of US$3.79 million. The funds will go towards strengthening the capacity of the National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Action (NRA) as well as supporting the on-going clearance operations of UXO Lao, the two national institutions tackling the deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Lao PDR. The contribution will be channelled through the UXO Trust Fund, administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
“The report is testament to the UNDP´s contribution to improve people's lives and the increased importance that UNDP attributes to results reporting and solid analysis of evidence of how we support transformational change,” said Rebeca Grynspan, Under Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator, who hosted the launch at the UN Headquarters.
With less than 1,000 days to go before the global deadline for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Lao PDR has a number of critical areas that still require special attention, as the country’s third MDG Report, being launched today, clearly shows.
Vientiane, 6th September 2013 – The United Nations Country Team today pledged to support the Government’s efforts to alleviate poverty in the country whilst calling for more interconnected solutions in order for Laos to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Photographers and young people from all over Laos are invited to enter their snapshots for Laos in Focus - picturing the MDGs photo competition, launched on Friday September 6th.
New York, 2 September, 2013 - Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his role as the new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today.
I am privileged and honored to be here today to participate in the celebration of the Third Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Cluster munitions are designed to kill and maim indiscriminately, both at the time of use and, because of their high failure rate, often for many years after conflict has ended. Nowhere is this more evident than here in Lao PDR.
United Nations Development Programme’s National Goodwill Ambassador Alexandra Bounxouei is set to perform in a concert organized by the Lao Ban Advocates and its partners this Saturday 3rd of August.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Regulatory Authority for the UXO sector (NRA) and other UXO advocates met with Lao-American cultural exchange students today at the UN building to discuss the impact of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) on people’s lives in Lao PDR.
UNDP - UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI), and the Environmental Management Support Programme supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (EMSP) have provided technical and financial assistance to the training.
Food and nutrition security, particularly children’s malnutrition was the focus of discussions at this year’s Round Table provincial consultation, which took place in Luang Namtha on 27-28 June 2013.
The Government of France today signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide €410,000 (US$548,000) towards the upcoming Support Programme for Implementation of the Legal Sector Master Plan (LSMP) in Lao PDR.
When we talk about environment, natural resource management or sustainable development, people often think that it is something that does not really relate to them as individuals. The theme for the World Environment Day 2013 “Think, Eat, Save - Reduce your foodprint” directly links with our everyday lives and is easier to associate with from both the policy perspective and as something anyone can contribute to.
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).