This op-ed on UXO was written by Ricarda Rieger, Resident Representative, Lao PDR, United Nations Development Programme
The 2019 edition of UNDP’s Human Development Report – ‘Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st Century’ – was launched yesterday in Vientiane, Lao PDR by UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Ricarda Rieger, on the same day as it was launched globally in Bogotá, Colombia.
A key focus for UNDP is to support countries in building resilience to climate change, be prepared to recover from crises and build new partnerships for disaster risk reduction. One critical element of building resilience is to connect response and recovery by favouring long-term solutions that enhance the participation and empowerment of affected communities above quick, outsourced fixes.
Disasters are an acute threat to development, and implementing disaster risk reduction is necessary for saving lives and avoiding economic losses. To mark this year’s ASEAN Day for Disaster Management and the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR), the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MoLSW) of Lao PDR in partnership with UNDP with the support of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and the World Food Programme. Many Government Line Departments, NGO Representatives, staff and over 200 Students of the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Laos, gathered to discuss and showcase examples of Disaster Management and Risk reduction initiatives.
“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 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.

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