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  • 27 Sep 2013
    Switzerland commits a further US$3.79 million to tackle UXO in Lao PDR

    Switzerland extended its support to the UXO sector in Lao PDR today with an additional contribution of US$3.79 million. The funds will go towards strengthening the capacity of the National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Action (NRA) as well as supporting the on-going clearance operations of UXO Lao, the two national institutions tackling the deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Lao PDR. The contribution will be channelled through the UXO Trust Fund, administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 12 Sep 2013
    UNDP launches Regional Report: ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’

    “The report is testament to the UNDP´s contribution to improve people's lives and the increased importance that UNDP attributes to results reporting and solid analysis of evidence of how we support transformational change,” said Rebeca Grynspan, Under Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator, who hosted the launch at the UN Headquarters.

  • 06 Sep 2013
    United Nations continues to support Lao PDR to achieve the MDGs

    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).

  • 06 Sep 2013
    New photo competition ‘Laos in Focus’ launched

    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.

  • 02 Sep 2013
    “Working together to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific”: UN Development Chief for Asia

    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.

  • 01 Aug 2013
    Alexandra to perform in UXO concert

    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.

  • 11 Jul 2013
    American Students Learn About UXO in Laos

    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.

  • 01 Jul 2013
    Training on Public Involvement in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of Investment Projects

    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.

  • 27 Jun 2013
    Food and Nutrition Security in the Northern Provinces focus of the Round Table Provincial Consultation

    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.

  • 25 Jun 2013
    France supports Lao PDR’s efforts to develop a rule of law state

    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.

  • 21 May 2013
    Australia boosts access to inclusive finance

    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.

  • 09 May 2013
    New Community Radio goes on air in Nonghet

    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).

  • 09 Apr 2013
    Singer Alexandra Bounxouei appointed UNDP’s Goodwill Ambassador for Lao PDR

    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.

  • 06 Apr 2013
    Walk marks the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

    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.

  • 22 Mar 2013
    Steady growth in human development for Lao PDR, inequality slowing down progress

    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.

  • 21 Jan 2013
    Ireland commits further €2million to support the UXO sector in Laos

    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).

  • 11 Jan 2013
    Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) Phase II Inception Workshop

    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.

  • 11 Dec 2012
    Laos commemorates the Human Rights Day

    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.

  • 07 Dec 2012
    Blood donation marks the International Volunteer Day

    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’.

  • 04 Dec 2012
    Customary Law Report highlights traditional justice practices among ethnic groups

    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.