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  • 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. A smile crumpled up his weather-worn face, as he gently tugged a reddish-brown fruit off the tip of the branch.

  • 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?

  • Alexandra Bounxouei: “People need to know about the bombs in Laos” Mar 31, 2014

    One 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, 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.

  • Achieving the MDGs: Only the Beginning…. Sep 9, 2013

    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.

  • 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, 2013

    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.