The deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance in Lao PDR


UXO Lao, the national clearance operator, making land safe in Xieng Khouang province (Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Laophoto)

Survivors of cluster bomb explosions in Laos will visit 11 cities in the United States in a campaign called 'Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives.' The country's ambassador to the United Nations, Saleumxay Kommasith, says 30 years after the end of the Viet Nam War, which also affected Laos, unexploded ordnance (UXOs) kill and injure more than 100 people every day. Ambassador Kommasith talks to UN Radio's Beng Poblete-Enriquez about this deadly legacy and the campaign launched at the UN on 4 April, the International Day for Mine Awareness.

World Autism Awareness Day, 2nd April

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International attention to autism is essential, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message marking World Autism Awareness Day, observed annually on 2nd April. He says it important to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures surrounding a disorder that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates affects approximately one per cent of the global population. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports.

Tan Dun designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

Tan Dun (© Nana Watanabe)

Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun was recently appointed the latest Goodwill Ambassador with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He is UNESCO's first Goodwill Ambassador from China. UNESCO says Tan Dun's appointment recognizes his efforts to promote intercultural dialogue through music, consciousness of the scarcity of natural resources such as water, and the diversity of languages, as well as for his dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization. Tan Dun talks about his passion for water in this piece prepared by Carole Darmouni's UNESCO team.

Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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