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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
During her recent field visit to Xiengkhouang Province, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, Ms. Sudha Gooty was interviewed by volunteers of the Khoun Community Radio, Lao PDR's first multi-lingual community-run radio station.
The United Nations 4-year development plan 2012 to 2015 was signed today by Dr. Thoungloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Minh Pham, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22 June 2012—As a major and concrete legacy of the Rio+20 Conference, the Brazilian Government announced the creation of Rio+ Centre, the World Centre for Sustainable Development, at a ceremony this morning attended by Izabella Teixeira, Brazil’s Minister for the Environment and Helen Clark, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator.
“There is no university to prepare you for a job as a legislator, but you are important as the voice of 6.4 million people in Lao PDR,” said UNDP consultant Donna Bugby-Smith to Lao PDR's women parliamentarians.
In one week the world will meet in Brazil, aiming for a new milestone in accelerating progress toward development that meets the needs of present generations without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their own needs.
The Government of New Zealand has stepped up its assistance to tackle unexploded ordnance (UXO) problems in Lao PDR’s second most contaminated province, Xieng Khouang. The USD 1.89 million contribution will support UXO Lao clearance operations, roving tasks, surveys, quality assurance and control, as well as risk education and training.
Irrigation systems in Bolikhan and Viengthong districts, two of the poorest in Bolikhamsay province, will be rehabilitated and improved, alongside community based natural resource management activities, in a new US$1.3 million project.
The lack of protection, limited journalism training and uncertainty about media laws make it difficult for the press to accurately portray issues affecting the Lao people.
Asia-Pacific cartoons depicting the effects of climate change on children, Chinese cities, the Pacific Islands and mangrove forests won a regional contest sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of France. Cartoonists from Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines have been recognized on this year’s Earth Day for their original artwork depicting climate change and human development in Asia-Pacific countries.
The Australian Government reconfirmed its strong support to the UXO sector in Lao PDR today by contributing a further AUD 1 million to the UXO Trust Fund. This contribution is un-earmarked and will boost UXO Lao operations, including UXO clearance, roving tasks, surveys, risk education and training.
The new European Union (EU) / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Support Programme for the implementation of the Legal Sector Master Plan, 2012 to 2015, will provide a major step forward in the government's aim to develop a rule of law state by 2020.
At the country's first ever forum to discuss the role of business and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the development of Lao PDR, participants agreed that now is the time to further promote and manage CSR. Achieving this will help to ensure fair distribution of the benefits of private investments, respect to human rights and reduced environmental impacts.
Achievements, challenges and lessons learned in the areas of development coordination, governance, environment and UXO, were discussed at a UNDP review meeting with government, UN and development partners.
A new report highlights the importance of access to justice for all Lao people to achieve the country's national development goals, including the 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).