Laos to boost clearance capacity of unexploded bombs

Laos will continue to work with all development partners including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to improve the quality of life of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) victims.

This was the message at a meeting led by Catherine Phuong, a representative of the UNDP, and Acting Chief of the Political Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy Brian Jungwiwattanaporn, according to local daily Vientiane Times report on Wednesday.

Lao Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Padeumphone Sonthany, told a meeting of the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Sector Working Group on Friday that Laos will work with development partners and NGOs to build longer-term clearance capacity within humanitarian teams and fulfil the “live safe from UXO” goal, which is Laos’ own Sustainable Development Goal.

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