• Eight Municipalities and National Parks Selected for Nature Protection Grant Scheme Jun 8, 2018

    A total of eight applicants representing a diverse group of municipalities and national parks have been selected to receive grants of EUR 200,000 – 400,000 for nature protection projects as part of a EUR 4 million programme designed to improve the management of the country’s protected areas. The three-year programme is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning.

  • Opening address by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Presentation of the Regional Roma Survey 2017 May 2, 2018

    Among all the Western Balkan countries, this country offers the best – or at least the least bad – opportunities for its Roma citizens. And it has also shown the biggest improvements of any country for the period since 2011. However – and I have to underline here that this is a big caveat – the gaps in quality of life enjoyed by members of the Roma community and their non-Roma neighbors remain wide and persistent.

  • Speech by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the signing of agreement on active labor market measures for 2018 Apr 25, 2018

    On behalf of the United Nations Development Programme, it's a great honor to be signing this tripartite agreement today, which covers a package of active labor market measures worth more than 8.3 million dollars, or almost 416 million denars. A lack of decent jobs is what we at UNDP see as the country's number-one development challenge.

  • Despite some progress, Marginalized Roma community still most excluded in Western Balkans Apr 9, 2018

    More marginalized Roma girls and boys are attending compulsory education in the Western Balkans than ever before. However, when compared to their non-Roma neighbours, Roma people face twice as high unemployment, and are less likely to see a doctor when needed or go to bed on a full stomach. That is according to a new survey supported by the European Commission and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.

  • World Water Day 2018: The Answer Is In Nature Mar 22, 2018

    More than 100 people attended a novel ‘tweet-up’ event in Skopje to raise public awareness about the importance of water and the value of adopting nature-based solutions to solve the challenges surrounding water.

  • 17 Municipalities and NGOs Selected for Nature Protection Grant Scheme Mar 13, 2018

    The project aims to improve nature protection and to promote sustainable use of natural resources while increasing the capacity of management authorities of protected areas, local self-governments and CSOs to manage and promote protected areas in a professional and sustainable fashion.

  • Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at International Women’s Day 2018: #TimeIsNow Mar 8, 2018

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said in his statement for International Women’s Day 2018, “Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.”

  • Six municipalities selected for Swiss-funded program to strengthen local democracy Feb 13, 2018

    Municipal councilors from the six selected municipalities will received targeted training and support to help ensure that municipal budgets are planned and spent in line with citizen expectations, and the municipalities will also receive grants of CHF 50,000 each to address priority community concerns.

  • Five Municipalities Selected for Civil Society Grant Programme Feb 8, 2018

    The initiative is part of a regional program that was pioneered in Bosnia and Herzegovina and has now been expanded to cover all the Western Balkan countries. It aims to strengthen cooperation between municipalities and civil society by establishing and institutionalizing transparent mechanisms for funding CSOs projects and training municipal staff to manage grant schemes.

  • “Not a garbage dump”: New landfill in Gevgelija to meet highest environmental standards Jan 31, 2018

    The sanitary landfill project meets an urgent need to replace a hazardous illegal landfill now overspilling by the River Vardar in Gevgelija – a problem greatly exacerbated by the transit of more than one million refugees and migrants through the municipality in 2015 and early 2016.

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