Ideas from the public invited to improve Skopje’s bus services Two initiatives -- Skopje Bus Hackathon and Project Bus Stop – seek smart solutions for city problems
Sep 21, 2016
Encouraging more people to use public transport is key to tackling urban pollution, one of the most pressing problems facing the citizens of Skopje.
Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the signing ceremony for the Pena River check dam reconstruction
Aug 30, 2016
Our message, however, is that we are not powerless. On the contrary. True, it may be that such extreme weather events are our new reality. That what used to hit us every hundred years can now be expected every 50 years, or even more frequently. But even dramatically worsening weather conditions do not make disaster inevitable.
European Union, United Nations and World Bank join forces in flood recovery
Aug 23, 2016
The European Union and the World Bank, together with the UN agencies in the country, have responded swiftly to the Government’s request for assistance in addressing the damage caused by the devastating floods that hit the country earlier this month. In addition to ongoing emergency relief efforts, a joint team of experts in disaster recovery from the EU, the UN and the World Bank have been deployed on the ground to work with national counterparts to identify the causes of the floods and assess their impact on communities and the broader economy. Looking beyond compensation for losses, the team will complete a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment to identify long-term recovery needs and prepare an integrated strategy for reconstruction. The Assessment is expected to be completed by the end of September 2016.
Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at Donor coordination meeting for Skopje/Tetovo floods response
Aug 10, 2016
Looking ahead beyond the humanitarian crisis, the UN is also deeply committed to help the country understand the causes of the disaster, to “build back better” what has been destroyed, to recover lost livelihoods and, perhaps most importantly, to prevent future disasters.
Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the Public Hearing in Parliament “Gender equality: Trends and challenges”
Jul 19, 2016
Gender equality, as I think everyone here is aware, has top priority for the United Nations (UN) globally. It is at the heart of the new 2030 agenda that was adopted at the UN last year by all the member states and it is one – number 5 – of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It is also at the top of the agenda for the UN family here in the country.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Presentation of Certificates to New Participants of the Employment Programme
Jul 18, 2016
Over these nine years, our program has helped more than 7,700 people to create their own small companies, and we expect at least another 920 candidates to “graduate” this year. For UNDP, it is especially important that this program opens doors for groups that face especially high barriers in entering the private sector. One positive result in this respect is that one-third of all the businesses created so far are owned by women and another one-third by young people under the age of 29.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNFPA Representative Louisa Vinton at the panel debate “Investing in teenage girls”
Jul 8, 2016
Teenage girls are less likely than teenage boys to start or finish secondary school. Half of all sexual assaults worldwide are committed against girls aged 15 or younger. In developing countries, one in three girls is married before she reaches 18. And, far too often, teenage girls are becoming mothers when they are still children themselves, with often-horrifying long-term consequences for health and well-being.
A solution for “smart recycling” triumphs in Skopje climate change contest
Jun 27, 2016
The winner of the “It Depends on You” climate change challenge for 2016 was team ReBot, which captivated the jury with a passionate and inspired presentation of an innovative solution for recycling and sorting plastic waste. Competing against eight other finalists selected from more than 60 submissions, ReBot won the first prize of USD 10,000 and a chance to transform its winning idea into a prototype.
Statement on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
Jun 26, 2016
Today is the first International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking since April's UNGASS on the world drug problem. The Outcome Document adopted at UNGASS stresses a joint commitment to counter the world drug problem, and it has helped generate a global sense of purpose against this threat that menaces millions.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Climate Challenge Weekend Camp
Jun 24, 2016
To fight climate change, every individual has a role to play, and there is no time to lose. The policy commitments made in Paris need to be translated into real-world impact through fresh ideas and grassroots engagement that will help make our world safer, greener and cleaner.