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  • 16 Sep 2014
    Progress on Food and Nutrition Security action plan reviewed in Saravane consultations

    Food and Nutrition Security, among other off-track Millennium Development Goals, continued to be on top of the discussion agenda at this year’s provincial Round Table consultation meeting, held in Saravane from 15th to 17th of September.

  • 01 Aug 2014
    Alexandra Bounxouei teams up with UNDP for UXO documentary

    One Day at a Time – Alexandra on the Bombie Trail is produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lao PDR in collaboration with the National Regulatory Authority for the UXO/Mine Action Sector (NRA), the Lao National UXO Programme (UXO Lao) and the Lao New Wave Cinema Productions. The film is being launched today in Vientiane as part of an event to mark the fourth anniversary of the Convention on Cluster Munitions entering into force in 2010.

  • 30 Jul 2014
    Maintaining human development requires reducing risks and building resilience

    Vientiane –The 2014 Human Development Report titled “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience” shows that the overall global trend in human development is positive, including in the Lao PDR. However, persistent vulnerability threatens human development worldwide, and unless the risk is systematically addressed, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable.

  • 30 Jun 2014
    New project to strengthen National Assembly

    Vientiane, 30th June 2014 – The legislative, oversight and representational role of the National Assembly will receive a boost over the next year through a new support project launched today in Vientiane.

  • 18 Jun 2014
    United Nations Resident Coordinator presents credentials to the Deputy Prime Minister

    United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Ms. Kaarina Immonen, presented her credentials to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 18 June, 2014.

  • 17 Jun 2014
    Climate change conference brings together agricultural experts from the region

    An international conference on adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sector opened today in Vientiane. The event, hosted by the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI), will bring together participants from various scientific and research institutions as well as other organisations working in the field of agriculture and rural development from the Southeast Asia.

  • 23 May 2014
    Outgoing UN Resident Coordinator: Impressive achievements in development

    Lao PDR has demonstrated impressive achievements in development over the last few years, says the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative Minh Pham.

  • 05 Feb 2014
    Community radio coverage doubles, evaluation highlights challenges

    Vientiane 5th February 2014 – The community radio coverage has doubled in the past year in Lao PDR, with four stations now broadcasting to more than 110,000 people in Xieng Khuang and Sekong provinces. However, a recent evaluation has raised concerns about the quality of the current programming.

  • 31 Jan 2014
    Legal sector capacity and access to justice to be improved

    Vientiane, 31st January 2014 – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners including the European Union, France and the United States will assist Lao PDR on its journey of becoming a rule of law -state with a comprehensive support programme to the legal sector.

  • 30 Jan 2014
    Humanity remains deeply unequal despite impressive progress, says UNDP report

    New York, 29 January 2014 – A sustained reduction in inequality requires a shift to more inclusive growth patterns – supported by redistributive polices and changes in social norms – says a report launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.

  • 24 Jan 2014
    Governance and Public Administration Reform Programme critical to national development

    Vientiane, 24 January 2014 – Last year, 16 new districts joined the District Development Fund (DDF) system and 16 local One Door Service (ODS) centers continue to provide easier access to local citizens’ services. These key achievements of the National Governance and Public Administration Reform Programme (NGPAR) were presented at an annual review meeting of the programme at Mercure Hotel today.

  • 22 Jan 2014
    UN opens global call for nominations to identify local sustainable development solutions that can change the world

    New York, 22 January 2014 – A United Nations-led partnership that “shines a spotlight” on local sustainable development innovations today launched its global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2014.

  • 20 Nov 2013
    Development Partners Share Outcomes of 11th High Level Round Table Meeting With the President

    Vientiane, 20 November 2013 – Heads of key Development Partner delegations were led by H.E Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs to brief H.E. Mr. Choummaly Xayasone, President of Lao PDR, on the results of the 11th High Level Round Table Meeting (HL RTM) held on 19 November 2013, which featured what they called “a very interactive, frank and fruitful discussion.”

  • 19 Nov 2013
    Round Table Meeting 2013: "Accelerating MDG Achievement and Inclusive Development"

    The 11th High Level Round Table Meeting on 19 November focused on ways to deliver on Lao PDR's development priorities by 2015 while also setting the fundamental path for achieving longer-term goals. It brought together more than 400 participants from the Government of Lao PDR and Development Partners as well as the private sector and civil society organizations in high-quality policy dialogue.

  • 19 Nov 2013
    Keynote Address by Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP and chair of the United Nations Development Group at the Opening Session 11th High Level Round Table Meeting 2013

    “Accelerating MDG Achievement and Inclusive Development” 19th November 2013 National Convention Centre (NCC), Vientiane, Lao PDR

  • 18 Nov 2013
    Exhibition showcases development cooperation and achievements

    An exhibition featuring development cooperation activities between the Government of Lao PDR and its partners as well as a display of MDG-themed pictures was opened today at the National Convention Centre in Vientiane. The Development Exhibition was opened by H.E. Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific and H.E. Mr. Somdy Douangdy, Minister of Planning and Investment.

  • 15 Nov 2013
    New project to boost UXO sector capacity

    Vientiane, 15 November 2013- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will continue to support the UXO sector in Lao PDR through a new project designed to further strengthen the Government’s capacity to tackle the persisting UXO problem in the country.

  • 13 Nov 2013
    Press Conference to announce the proceedings for the 11th High-level Round Table Meeting

    13 November 2013, Vientiane - This year’s Round Table Meeting will bring together the Government of Lao PDR and its national and international development partners from more than 37 countries and 35 development agencies.

  • 28 Oct 2013
    Government and development partners discuss plans for a legal sector training institute

    The establishment of a new legal training institute for legal and judicial professionals was the key theme at today’s workshop on human resources capacity development in the legal sector.

  • 24 Oct 2013
    ‘Laos in Focus’ photo contest winner announced to mark the UN day

    Vientiane, 23 October 2013 –A photo of child being vaccinated in a hospital in Luangnamtha has won the “Laos in Focus – picturing the MDGs” photo contest. The winning photo was taken by Mr. Siththisak Phaninhuan from Luang Namtha. The runner-ups are Mr. Midphasong Mingnakhone and Mr. Thipphakone Manyvong, both from Vientiane.