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  • What does the international Climate Conference COP 23 mean for Lao PDR?
    Dec 12, 2017

    A delegation from Lao PDR participated in the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23), held in Germany in November. Lao PDR’s delegation took part in negotiations on implementing the Paris Agreement and to present the country’s own implementation progress in three side events, discussing issues of circular economy, South-South cooperation and Nationally Determined Contributions.

  • Lao PDR's innovative contribution to discussions on climate action at the climate conference COP23 in Bonn
    Nov 7, 2017

    Lao PDR's COP23 side events on nature-based adaptation, South-South cooperation and Circular Economy

  • 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.

  • Pumping in new life: Wetlands and their role for climate change adaptation in Lao PDR
    Jun 4, 2017

    “Hey, man! Get down here with the key, we want to show our guests how the pump works”, Bounyong mouths into his phone. The Village Head of Hang Heng Village in Saravane Province of southern Lao PDR impatiently shoves his phone into the back pocket of his faded jeans. It is evident he is eager to show us the pump that feeds a communal irrigation system, supplying water to his village’s rice paddies. The pump is floating on a raft-like construction, secured with a locked door, close to the shore of what looks like a lake.

  • Steady flows: How a community in southern Laos takes disaster prevention into its own hands
    May 25, 2017

    First come the rains. They make lakes and rivers rise, flooding villages and fields. “In my 20 years here in this village, I have never seen six consecutive days of relentless rain. But last year, that’s what’s happened”, says Bounchang Jingkalieng, inhabitant of Kamkok Village in the southern province of Sekong in Lao PDR.

  • 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.

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