Posts by Brett Dakin

Great BBC News Piece on 1MSP

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Nov 18 2010

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K7kl1n7YwQ[/youtube]

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1MSP Opening Ceremony Video

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Nov 18 2010

Watch the powerful video produced by Laos’ National Regulatory Authority for the 1MSP Opening Ceremony here: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr8ULTw3hbk[/youtube]

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Draft Vientiane Action Plan

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Nov 11 2010

The States Parties to the Convention will agree to the Vientiane Action Plan before the end of the week. In the Plan the Parties will agree to “turn our vision into action,” translating legal obligations into concrete actions.

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Nov 11 2010

While it is not attending the 1MSP in Vientiane, the U.S. this week released a fact sheet emphasizing its place as “the largest donor to humanitarian clearance operations in Laos.”

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Traditional Lao Song Performance

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Nov 11 2010

At the launch of NRA’s Vision into Action plan, we were privileged to see a performance of a traditional Lao “mor lam” song accompanied by the national Lao instrument, the khene, a multi-pipe mouth organ.

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Vision into Action

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Nov 11 2010

We just attended the National Regulatory Authority’s (NRA) presentation of its case for increased support for the UXO sector in Laos from the international donor community: Vision into Action.

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German Assistance to UXO Sector in Laos

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Nov 10 2010

We’ve just heard from the German representative to the Convention about its assistance to the UXO sector in Laos. In 2010, Germany spent a total of just over 1 million euros. 743,000 euros were granted to SODI, a German NGO operating in Bolikhamxay Province in cooperation with UXO Lao. Another 250,000 euros were granted to the UNDP-administered Trust Fund. And an additional 50,000 euros were spent on a sponsorship program to allow Laos to send representatives to Convention-related events.

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French Support for UXO in Laos

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Nov 10 2010

We’ve just heard a presentation from the French government on its support for the UXO sector in Laos. A relatively recent entrant into the UXO sector in Laos, so far France has spent a total of only 337,000 euros. 55,000 euros have been granted to COPE, while the rest has been granted to Handicap International for its work in Savannakhet Province.

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Last month the Lao government proposed a new Millennium Development goal specifically on the reduction of the impact of UXO in Laos: MDG 9.

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