UNDP prominently featured at cutting-edge technologies event

Oct 24, 2016

The United Nations 71stbirthday was marked today in Vientiane in a public event, linking new technologies to sustainable development.

A lady wearing a blue sinh skirt, her head held high, looking into a virtual reality headset with the United Nations logo printed on it – this image was the United Nation’s hallmark for its UN Day event this year. UN Digital attracted over 300 guests to the Major Platinum Cineplex at the Vientiane Center today. The event paired an unprecedented display of mobile, interactive and green technologies with the exhibit of the UN family’s broad range of work across implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Lao PDR.

The Government of Lao PDR, together with 192 other member states, has endorsed the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) last year. These global goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Their aim is to shift the world onto a sustainable development path, with 2030 as the target date. Lao PDR has already incorporated these global goals into national strategies and plans, and launched its own national SDG 18 “Lives safe from UXO” on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summits this September, in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Guests at today’s event learned more about the SDGs at interactive stations. They had the opportunity to experience the first-ever virtual reality film produced for Lao audiences, which immerses the viewer into the working reality of a unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance team. The film was produced by UNDP for UXO Lao, the national UXO clearance operator for it's 20th anniversary. Environmental conservation was the topic of the Immersive Biosphere Booth, where guests could see the threatened and extremely rare Eld's deer and experience a Southern Lao forest via 360 degree photography. 

Several other UN agencies displayed their work with the help of modern, mobile technologies at this event, which had the purpose of introducing the UN’s work of supporting the government’s national development goals in an engaging way, answering the question of how technology benefits people on the ground and works for poverty eradication.

“New technologies are driving rapid global change. The United Nations wants to harness mobile technology to meet pressing global development goals, for the benefit of all people, leaving no one behind,” said Ms. Kaarina Immonen, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in her opening address at the event. During this first part of the evening, the audience took an audiovisual tour of the UN’s work through films showcasing the benefits of technologies for communities in Laos, with UNDP's community radio project amongst them. 

Today’s event was also attended by H.E. Alounkeo Kittikhoun, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office and other high-ranking government officials and diplomats. 

Contact information

Ms. Ildiko Hamos-Sohlo, Communications Specialist

Ildiko.hamos@undp.org

Tel.: 021 267 778

Mobile: 020 7717 7913

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