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International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action: “An investment in humanity”Apr 4, 20164 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 storiesFeb 23, 2016This 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, 2014Q: The UN does many things in the Lao PDR, but in your opinion what are its main functions here?
Alexandra Bounxouei: “People need to know about the bombs in Laos”Mar 31, 2014One year after her appointment as the National Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP Lao PDR, Lao singer Alexandra Bounxouei is more committed than ever to spread the word about the deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance in her country and to encourage donors to support the ongoing clearance works.
Stories from Laos: 'I'm the first female bomb disposal expert'Mar 31, 2014Lao 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.
Achieving the MDGs: Only the Beginning….Sep 9, 2013With 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.
SPEECH: UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Minh Pham on the occasion of the 3rd Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM)Aug 3, 2013I 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.
Australian Minister’s visit highlights the challenges of tackling the UXO in LaosFeb 22, 2013This 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.
For Our Mutual Benefit: A Broadened Dialogue for Development Results By Minh H. PhamNov 23, 2012Today, 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.
Between History and the Future: Ensuring Successful Development By Minh H. PhamNov 5, 2012It 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.