Last month the Lao government proposed a new Millennium Development goal specifically on the reduction of the impact of UXO in Laos: MDG 9. According to the government, MDG 9 has three targets.
- Target 1: Ensure the complete clearance of UXO from priority / high value agricultural land by 2020.
- Target 2: Reduce substantially the number of casualties as a result of UXO incidents.
- Target 3: Ensure that the medical and rehabilitation needs of all UXO survivors are met in line with treaty obligations under the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
This is an exciting development and promises to increase assistance for the UXO sector in Laos.