This op-ed on UXO was written by Ricarda Rieger, Resident Representative, Lao PDR, United Nations Development Programme
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed the Contribution Agreement with a new private sector partner, the Nam Theun 2 Power Company Limited (NTPC) to support the establishment of a new community radio in Nakai District, Khammouane Province. Under this contribution agreement, the NTPC agreed to provide USD 120,000 over three years together with co-funding from UNDP of USD 80,000. Representatives from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICT), Community Radio Project team, Khammouane Provincial Planning and Investment Office, Nam Theun 2 Development Fund Steering Committee members, Nakai District authority, NTPC officers as well as UNDP staff were present as witnesses.
UNDP Lao PDR's Disaster Risk Management Advisor, Ross Hardy talks about how disasters can present opportunities to people affected by the floods of 2018.
A fast-paced world, climate change and development challenges demand re-imagining our approaches in order to provide solutions that plug in to the needs of modern societies and create a sustainable future for all. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lao PDR caters to this demand by launching its Accelerator Lab within a global network of 60 labs serving 78 countries.
“Having a goal isn’t wishing. It isn’t a faint hope or a vague dream that someday we’ll have or do or be. No, having a goal is much, much more” - Watch "This is Development: The Sustainable Development Goals in Lao PDR".
The 1st of August is a significant date for Lao PDR – the most bombed country per capita in the world. The day marks the anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and 2019 commemorates its ninth anniversary. The Convention is an international treaty that prohibits the production, use, transfer and storage of these any form of cluster munition. To commemorate the anniversary, the Government of Lao PDR, UNDP, development partners and other Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) sector stakeholders came together at an event organised at the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.

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