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Vientiane, 6th September 2013 – The United Nations Country Team today pledged to support the Government’s efforts to alleviate poverty in the country whilst calling for more interconnected solutions in order for Laos to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Photographers and young people from all over Laos are invited to enter their snapshots for Laos in Focus - picturing the MDGs photo competition, launched on Friday September 6th.
New York, 2 September, 2013 - Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his role as the new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today.
United Nations Development Programme’s National Goodwill Ambassador Alexandra Bounxouei is set to perform in a concert organized by the Lao Ban Advocates and its partners this Saturday 3rd of August.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Regulatory Authority for the UXO sector (NRA) and other UXO advocates met with Lao-American cultural exchange students today at the UN building to discuss the impact of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) on people’s lives in Lao PDR.
UNDP - UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI), and the Environmental Management Support Programme supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (EMSP) have provided technical and financial assistance to the training.
Food and nutrition security, particularly children’s malnutrition was the focus of discussions at this year’s Round Table provincial consultation, which took place in Luang Namtha on 27-28 June 2013.
The Government of France today signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide €410,000 (US$548,000) towards the upcoming Support Programme for Implementation of the Legal Sector Master Plan (LSMP) in Lao PDR.
The Government of Australia has committed A$5.9million (US$6.15 million) to support the UNCDF-UNDP Joint Programme “Making Access to Finance More Inclusive for Poor People (MAFIPP)”. The contribution was confirmed today at a ceremony, where an agreement was signed between H.E. Sonexay Sithphaxay, Deputy Governor of Bank of Lao PDR, H.E. Lynda Worthaisong, Australian Ambassador to Laos and Mr. Minh Pham, United Nations Resident Coordinator, in UN House in Vientiane.
The ethnic communities of Hmong, Khmu and Phong in Nonghet District, Xiengkhuang Province, can now tune into radio broadcasts in their own languages, thanks to a new community radio station launched in Nonghet on Thursday, by Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has appointed Ms. Alexandra Bounxouei as its first National Goodwill Ambassador for Lao PDR. The announcement was made today at a press conference held in the UN House.
The Government of Lao PDR and the International Community affirmed their commitment to a world free from the threat of mines and other remnants of war on Saturday morning in Patuxai Park, Vientiane. Hundreds of people gathered to witness the special ceremony and take part in a “fun walk/run” in an event organized by the UXO Sector in Lao PDR to commemorate the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
The 2013 Human Development Report was launched on Thursday by Vice Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr. Bounthavy Sisouphanthong and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Minh Pham at a ceremony held in the Mercure hotel in Vientiane.
The Government of Ireland has confirmed its commitment to support to the UXO Sector in Lao PDR through a multi-year contribution of €2 million (2,7 million USD) through to 2015. The contribution will further strengthen the capacity of the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) and UXO Lao, the two national institutions tackling the deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance in Lao PDR. The funding will be channelled through the UXO Trust Fund, administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
On January 11 2013, at Don Chan Palace, the Ministry of Planning and Investment in collaboration with UNDP/UNEP organized the inception workshop for Phase II of the Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) to present the achievements of the PEI Phase I and discuss with stakeholders on the final work plan and approach for the successful delivery of Phase II.
More than 150 participants from the Government and the international community gathered to mark the International Human Rights Day on Monday at an event held in the Don Chan Palace in Vientiane.
Lao Red Cross, Government partners, embassies, volunteer organizations, volunteers, Lao National University and UN officials celebrated the International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 7th at the UN House with a blood donation under the theme ‘Volunteer Action Counts’.
The Customary Law Report is the first of its kind to assess customary justice practices among the 49 officially recognized ethnic groups in Lao PDR and is a step forward in incorporating customary practices into the overall legal system, a key requirement in establishing a rule of law state by 2020.
H.E. Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong on Monday heard about the successful result of the Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) 2012 following a debriefing by 13 international Heads of Delegations.
The National Governance and Public Administration Reform (NGPAR) programme will provide a new way of thinking and doing in public service improvement by assigning more responsibilities and tasks to district authorities, who are at the frontline of development efforts.