Canada pledges more than $1 million to UXO work
Vientiane, 15th October 2013 – Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada will be providing more than US$1 million to support the unexploded ordnance (UXO) sector in Laos. The funds will be channeled through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Mines Advisory Group (MAG).
The announcement was made during his visit to the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise, also known as the COPE centre, in Vientiane. Minister Baird said that the contribution “reflects Canada’s commitment to supporting the citizens of Laos, helping them live in a safer environment and achieve their full potential.”
The funds will go towards clearance of UXO-contaminated land to make it available for economic and agricultural development as well as to assist the Government of Laos in meeting its obligations under the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Together with the UXO support that Canada provided from 2009 to 2011, these projects bring the total of Canadian mine-action support in Laos to over $2.1 million.
Ms. Vidaovanh Phounvixay
Programme Analyst, UXO Unit
United Nations Development Programme
Tel: +856 (21) 267 777