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  • 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.

  • 27 Nov 2012
    Prime Minister briefed on Round Table Results

    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.

  • 07 Aug 2012
    New programme to boost public service delivery

    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.

  • 06 Aug 2012
    Germany boosts UXO Lao operations in Luang Prabang

    Germany extended its support today to the Lao national Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao), supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with an additional 271,911 euro (approximately US$ 333,224) contribution.

  • 01 Aug 2012
    Winning logo of the Lao specific MDG 9 launched

    The logo for the Lao specific Millennium Development Goal 9, to reduce the impact of UXO, has been presented at a ceremony celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), held at the National Cultural Hall in Vientiane on 1 August.

  • 04 Jul 2012
    New UN action plan to support national development efforts

    The United Nations 4-year development plan 2012 to 2015 was signed today by Dr. Thoungloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Minh Pham, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.

  • 22 Jun 2012
    Rio+20 Legacy: World Centre for Sustainable Development launched by Brazil and UNDP

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22 June 2012—As a major and concrete legacy of the Rio+20 Conference, the Brazilian Government announced the creation of Rio+ Centre, the World Centre for Sustainable Development, at a ceremony this morning attended by Izabella Teixeira, Brazil’s Minister for the Environment and Helen Clark, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator.

  • 12 Jun 2012
    New Zealand boosts UXO Lao operations in Xieng Khouang

    The Government of New Zealand has stepped up its assistance to tackle unexploded ordnance (UXO) problems in Lao PDR’s second most contaminated province, Xieng Khouang. The USD 1.89 million contribution will support UXO Lao clearance operations, roving tasks, surveys, quality assurance and control, as well as risk education and training.

  • 05 Jun 2012
    Irrigation improvements and community based management to benefit Bolikhamsay's poorest farmers

    Irrigation systems in Bolikhan and Viengthong districts, two of the poorest in Bolikhamsay province, will be rehabilitated and improved, alongside community based natural resource management activities, in a new US$1.3 million project.

  • 18 Apr 2012
    Lao artist wins UNDP Asia Pacific cartoon contest on climate change

    Asia-Pacific cartoons depicting the effects of climate change on children, Chinese cities, the Pacific Islands and mangrove forests won a regional contest sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of France. Cartoonists from Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines have been recognized on this year’s Earth Day for their original artwork depicting climate change and human development in Asia-Pacific countries.

  • 04 Apr 2012
    Australia commits further funds to tackle UXO in Lao PDR

    The Australian Government reconfirmed its strong support to the UXO sector in Lao PDR today by contributing a further AUD 1 million to the UXO Trust Fund. This contribution is un-earmarked and will boost UXO Lao operations, including UXO clearance, roving tasks, surveys, risk education and training.

  • 23 Mar 2012
    Legal Sector Master Plan sets path for rule of law state by 2020

    The new European Union (EU) / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Support Programme for the implementation of the Legal Sector Master Plan, 2012 to 2015, will provide a major step forward in the government's aim to develop a rule of law state by 2020.

  • 29 Feb 2012
    Access to justice critical for national development

    A new report highlights the importance of access to justice for all Lao people to achieve the country's national development goals, including the 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 13 Dec 2011
    Human Development Media Awards 2011 - Winners Announced

    The Human Development media awards were established to recognize the role of the Lao media in contributing to the Lao publics understanding of the human development concept. Journalists were asked to submit articles that put people at the centre of their stories and reflected the theme of this year's global Human Development Report (HDR), Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All

  • 23 Nov 2011
    Prime Minister briefed on the results of the Round Table Implementation Meeting

    H.E. Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong on Wednesday congratulated international Heads of Delegations on the successful outcome of the Round Table Implementation Meeting 2011 (RTIM).

  • 15 Nov 2011
    Lao PDR's Human Development Index value rises again, but environmental degradation and damage threaten progress

    Development progress in Lao PDR has been recognized by a rise in the country's Human Development Index value (HDI) from 0.520 in 2010 to 0.524 in 2011, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) global Human Development Report (HDR) 2011.

  • 15 Nov 2011
    Human Development Media Awards to recognize contribution of Lao media to development

    The first ever Human Development Media Awards in Lao PDR invites Lao journalists to submit stories based on the Human Development concept and the theme of this year's United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) global Human Development Report, Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All.

  • 14 Oct 2011
    UNDP supports Sendin village boat racing team

    The blue and white of UNDP featured prominently at yesterday's traditional Vientiane boat racing festival with the women's and two men's teams from Sendin village wearing the colors.

  • 14 Sep 2011
    New guide to help developing countries speed up access to climate finance

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a guidebook aimed at helping decision makers in developing countries to better take advantage of the billions pledged to address climate change.