Achieving the MDGs: Only the Beginning…

September 6, 2013

By Minh H. Pham

With less than 1,000 days to go before the global deadline for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Lao PDR has a number of critical areas that still require special attention, as the country’s third MDG Report, being launched today, clearly shows.

New photo competition ‘Laos in Focus’ launched

New Photo Competition ‘Laos in Focus’ Launched

September 5, 2013

VIENTIANE – Photographers and young people from all over Laos are invited to enter their snapshots for Laos in Focus - picturing the MDGs photo competition, to be launched on Friday September 6th.

UN Humanitarian fund allocates $750,000 for fighting dengue in Laos

August 29, 2013

VIENTIANE – The United Nations (UN) in Lao PDR has secured US$753,504 from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to fight the ongoing dengue epidemic in the country.

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A Moral Obligation to Act and Remove the Threat of Cluster Munitions

April 4, 2013

By Noeleen Heyzer and 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).

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UN Reaches Out to Improve Two-way Communication With Lao Media

March 12, 2013

Lao journalists and media representatives gathered on Tuesday to meet United Nations (UN) organisation communication focal points at the UN Building in Vientiane. The organisers, the United Nations Communication Group (UNCG) and the Lao Journalists Association, are hoping to strengthen the communication channels between Lao media and the UN to promote increased and improved reporting on current development issues in Lao PDR.

For Our Mutual Benefit: A Broadened Dialogue for Development Results

November 23, 2012

By Minh H. Pham

Today, as senior representatives of the Government and its development partners gather at the Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) 2012, we will focus again on finding practical and effective ways of improving strategic development results in Lao PDR. Critically, the annual discussion will witness a key difference this year, with a significant broadening of participation.

Between History and the Future: Ensuring Successful Development

November 5, 2012

It is an historic moment for Lao PDR as leaders from at least 46 nations, the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat gather in Vientiane today for the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on development issues of common interest. In hosting this summit for two of the world’s largest trading blocs, the country and its own soaring development trajectory will be in the spotlight.

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.

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