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The leaders of 49 ethnic groups gathered at Vientiane's National Cultural Hall for a two day workshop on, ‘Ethnic Groups and Customary Laws: A Human Rights Perspective'. The event promoted an atmosphere of dialogue between central authorities and ethnic leaders to assess their role in helping Lao DPR meet its human rights obligations among ethnic communities.
The Community Participation and Communication Support Programme (CPCSP) will launch community run district radio stations in Sekong, Xieng Khouang and Oudomxay provinces. The programme, to be implemented by the Ministry of Information and Culture, with support from the UN and Oxfam Novib, will improve access to information and promote the voices of vulnerable communities to make them active participants in the development process.
Sonam Yangchen Rana, the outgoing United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Lao PDR, received the Government's Medal of Friendship for her selfless efforts in working with the UN to improve the lives of the people of Lao PDR.