It has been 8 years since I last visited Laos, the country in which I was born and lived for 7 years prior to moving to the US. In addition to seeing relatives and enjoying the progress being made here, the trip would include some humanitarian efforts and participation in some amazing historic events that are taking place around the banning of cluster munitions.

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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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Nov 15 2010

Our joyride around town (check out the video on our blog) in the Tapestry of Hope tuk tuk was my second favorite thing about it – we took the tuk tuk on the town to share the messages with Vientiane residents, making sure to take a ride around That Dam (a monument which happens to be right next to the U.S. Embassy).

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We took the Tapestry of Hope exhibit on a tuk tuk ride around Vientiane.

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Last Day at the Convention

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Nov 14 2010

8:00 – The morning starts with the Cluster Munitions Coalition’s daily briefing. The group reviews delegates’ discussions from the previous day and the schedule for the final day. Participants report on side meetings held with delegates, the positions of different countries on issues and the likelihood of additional countries signing onto the treaty.

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How do we make sure that signed State Parties will understand treaty terms on the ban against cluster munitions?

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U.S. assistance and presence in Laos

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Nov 13 2010

On the last day of the conference, a group of 10 US citizens rather spontaneously organized a visit to the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane.

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Nov 13 2010

Religious groups in Laos are beginning to mobilize to assist unexploded ordnance survivors. Religions for Peace, Norwegian Church Aid and Lao Buddhism for Development are developing a 2-year plan to assist survivors in the three provinces of Khammoun, Xieng Khouang and Savannakhet.

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Nov 12 2010

At discussion about U.S. policy on cluster munitions – without the U.S. – but many interpretations.

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