Lao Youth reaches for the stars
Sep 18, 2017
Following your dreams in life takes courage and persistence. The courage to spell out what your heart wishes, to find a way forward, a strategy to make it work, no matter what it takes. The persistence to just keep going, to never lose focus, to shake off doubts and overcome sudden obstacles – until one day, your dream becomes reality.
Clearing Lao PDR from unexploded ordnance is vital for sustainable development
Aug 18, 2017
The Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Sector Working Group met today in Vientiane to discuss and outline progress and plans for dealing with the UXO obstacle to Lao PDR’s development. Sector Working Groups link local progress to national plans and policies within the national Round Table Process, Lao PDR’s development cooperation forum.
Lao PDR marks the seventh anniversary of the Entry Into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions
Jul 31, 2017
For Lao PDR, the most bombed country per capita in the world, 1 August is a significant date. The day marks the anniversary of the Entry Into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and 2017 is the seventh anniversary. The Convention is an international treaty that prohibits the, production, use, transfer and storage of these explosive weapons. To mark the anniversary, the Government of Lao PDR, development partners and entities active in the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) sector came together at an event organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.
Opening the doors to new livelihoods
Jul 14, 2017
The buzzing of many voices fills the room as visitors are squeezing past each other to catch a glimpse of the vocational training students at work. Seemingly undisturbed by the onlookers’ scrutiny, Moukdavanh moves her hands swiftly across the paper, drawing little marks with a pencil here and there, sometimes pausing before the next stroke. “I am drawing the sewing pattern for my next blouse,” she says excitedly. “And these are the shirts I have made so far,” she adds, pointing towards a rack of colourful and neatly draped clothes. The wide smile on her face indicates the pride she takes in learning the craft of tailoring.
New UXO support project signed
Jul 7, 2017
Minister of Labour and Social Welfare H.E. Dr. Khampheng Xaysompheng and UNDP Resident Representative a.i. Mr. Balasubramaniam Murali today signed a new project document focusing on enhanced support to livelihoods activities for affected populations, improved efficiency of clearance operations, significant progress in the effort to establish a national baseline of UXO contamination, improved transparency in results reporting and financial reporting, and improved coordination of sector activities through enhanced management of information.
Planting the seed of environmental awareness
Jun 15, 2017
“Today I will plant my first tree.” It’s early morning, but Boui is already excited, fidgeting in his chair. He proudly holds up a drawing, showing his friends and family planting seedlings. “I drew this picture over the school holiday and hope I can win one of the prizes in the drawing competition.”
UNDP Executive Board welcomes appointment of Achim Steiner as new Administrator
Apr 20, 2017
The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the appointment of Achim Steiner as the Organization’s new Administrator.
Government of Lao PDR and UNDP mark International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
Apr 4, 2017
Members of the Government of Lao PDR, Ambassadors, development organisations, and bodies active in the unexploded ordnance sector all participated on Tuesday in an event to mark International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action in Vientiane.
UNDP: Human development needs focus on excluded groups
Mar 22, 2017
Lao PDR climbs up the ranks even as challenges remain for all countries globally, according to UNDP’s Human Development Report 2016
UNDP Chief stresses importance of human development for graduation from Least Developed Country status
Mar 14, 2017
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator and Chair of the United Nations Development Group Helen Clark highlights progress in Lao PDR’s sustainable development.