UN Disaster Risk Reduction Chief: Building Back Better Makes Communities More Resilient

UN Disaster Risk Reduction Chief: Building Back Better Makes Communities More Resilient

October 09, 2012

Ms. Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, concluded her four-day visit to Lao PDR on Saturday when she travelled to Khammouane province to meet people who had been affected by last year’s flooding.

EU & WFP assist flood-affected Lao villagers with food rations & nutrition knowledge

EU & WFP assist flood-affected Lao villagers with food rations & nutrition knowledge

September 11, 2012

VIENTIANE – More than 39,000 people in Khammuane struggling from the long-term impact of tropical storms are now able to bridge the food gap until the next harvest, thanks to a donation of €404,000 (US$502,488) by the European Union's Humanitarian Aid AND Civil Protection department (ECHO) through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in support of a government-led relief effort.

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Encouraging ‘Business Unusual’ for UXO

August 1, 2012

Today we mark the second anniversary of the entering into force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). It prohibits all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of these deadly weapons around the world.

Japan Confirms US$1 Million to Help WFP Fight Malnutrition in Laos

Japan Confirms US$1 Million to Help WFP Fight Malnutrition in Laos

July 08, 2012

VIENTIANE - Today the Government of Japan officially announced a contribution of US$1 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support the Lao Government’s fight against malnutrition.

Laotian National to Raise Olympic Torch for WFP

June 25, 2012

VIENTIANE – WFP staff member Vadsana Sinthavong has been selected to represent the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) at the Olympic Torch Relay for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Rio+20: A Future That Lao PDR Needs

Rio+20: A Future That Lao PDR Needs

June 13, 2012

By Minh H. Pham

It was both a hopeful and a sobering visit we had recently to the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE), an innovative local organization in Vientiane that provides rehabilitation services to survivors of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).

Setting the Path Toward Graduation from Least Developed Country Status

May 16, 2012

VIENTIANE – The first steps in developing a strategy for the country's graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status by 2020 have been taken at a two-day workshop, 16 and 17 May.

‘Tell Me Why’: A Lesson for LDC Graduation

May 15, 2012

By Minh H. Pham

When my son was younger, I used to happily tease him by singing an old song: “Tell me why life is beautiful.” Yet when I meet the 8-year-old daughter of a Lao acquaintance these days, this refrain turns very melancholy: this girl’s family is struggling, for many reasons. The mother has had motorcycle accidents during her morning commute because of her rapidly deteriorating vision; she has been told she needs immediate surgery.  But as the sole support of her two children, she cannot afford to stop working.

Press Highlight Challenges on World Press Freedom Day

May 04, 2012

The lack of protection, limited journalism training and uncertainty about media laws make it difficult for the press to accurately portray issues affecting the Lao people.

United States Underlines Strong Support for Nutrition and School Meals Programme in Lao PDR

April 30, 2012

VIENTIANE – A delegation of representatives from the United States Embassy in Lao PDR, the Ministry of Education and Sports, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has completed a three-day visit to Saravane Province where they observed activities under WFP’s School Meals programme.

Cuban Sugar Sweetens Education for Children Throughout Laos

April 19, 2012

VIENTIANE – More than 150,000 pre-primary and primary school students will get a boost of energy every day to help them concentrate better on their studies, thanks to a contribution from Cuba of more than 180 metric tons of sugar to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) which was made possible by the generosity of a private Japanese donor.

Feeding The Future Nutrition Education Spreads Best Practice Throughout Lao PDR

February 22, 2012

VIENTIANE – The fight against malnutrition in Lao PDR has taken a significant step forward with the roll out of a new nutrition training course to boost the number of professionals equipped with key knowledge and skills, and enable them to pass these on to their peers.

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