Shaping a sustainable future, together
Jul 10, 2017
“Having a goal isn’t wishing. It isn’t a faint hope or a vague dream that someday we’ll have or do or be. No, having a goal is much, much more” – this is the opening message of a new film, titled This is Development: The Sustainable Development Goals in Lao PDR. The film was released today by the United Nations in Lao PDR, showing how the people of Laos pursue their goals and dreams, committed with hearts and minds.
Meet our Community Radio Volunteers!
Jun 15, 2017
Meet Nokna, Seuth and Sisavan, three of our Community Radio Volunteers who are proud to serve their communities by volunteering as broadcasters, producers, researchers and translators for Lao PDR's nationwide Community Radio Station network.
Clear lands, safe people – illusion or reality?
Mar 1, 2017
This op-ed discusses how UNDP supports the Lao government in UXO clearance.
One man and his tea
Feb 2, 2017
This story starts in 2008. On a misty morning, Phasi, a local farmer of Ngodphae Village, in the Northern Lao province of Xieng Khouang climbed Phou San, a mountain close to his village. Huddled in a fleece jacket against the chill of the morning, he ascended higher and higher on the slopes. Collecting dewdrops on the tip of his fingers, his hands brushed the low shrubs by his feet as he was panting up the mountain. Stopping cold in his tracks, he suddenly bowed down, close to one of the light-green plants by his feet. In an affectionate gesture, he stroked the top of the Camellia Sinensis bush, turning the branches around to see whether the pointed leaves bore the secret he was looking for.
Step into the reality of a UXO clearance team
Nov 29, 2016
UNDP Lao PDR has taken UXO Lao's 20th anniversary as an opportunity to produce UNDP's first Virtual Reality film and put the viewer right into the field, with a demining team. Through the power of virtual reality, we witness the extreme work of this team, and follow Saysamone, the team leader and her crew.
Convention on Cluster Munitions enhances UXO action in Lao PDR
Aug 1, 2016
This article marks the Lao PDR's sixth anniversary of the Entry Into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 1 August 2016.
International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action: “An investment in humanity”
Apr 4, 2016
4 April marks the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. This day was declared by the United Nations in 2005 with the aim to raise public awareness on the danger of unexploded ordnance and mines and mobilise necessary resources for addressing the problem worldwide, particularly in affected countries, such as Lao PDR.
40 years in a country of untold stories
Feb 23, 2016
This article looks back on the 40 years of UNDP in Laos, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of UNDP's existence.
Q & A: What does UN do in the Lao PDR?
Oct 23, 2014
Q: The UN does many things in the Lao PDR, but in your opinion what are its main functions here?
Stories from Laos: 'I'm the first female bomb disposal expert'
Mar 31, 2014
Lao PDR, one of the poorest countries in Asia, is also one of the world’s most heavily bombed places. Up to 30 percent of the 270 million cluster sub-munitions dropped during the Indochina conflict, along with other ordnance, did not detonate at the time of use. Today, much of it remains in the ground, killing dozens of Lao people each year through accidents, making land inaccessible, affecting food security, livelihoods and economic development, and preventing many from escaping poverty.