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Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNFPA Resident Representative Louisa Vinton on World Population DayJul 3, 2015This year’s theme for World Population Day is “Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies.” It is hard to imagine a more topical theme for 2015, as Europe and this country face an unprecedented flow of refugees seeking shelter, security, and the chance of a better future for them and their children.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at Presentation of Certificates to New Participants of ‘Promoting Sustainable Employment’Jul 1, 2015Our program has helped more than 6,700 people to create their own businesses, and we expect to see another 900 candidates “graduate” successfully this year. Roughly one-third of these new businesses are owned by women, and one-third by young people under 29, so we are confident that the private sector offers prospects even for groups that face especially high rates of unemployment.
The Secretary General - Message on International Day against Drug ABUSE AND ILLEGAL TRAFFICKINGJun 26, 2015In September, leaders from around the world will meet at the United Nations to adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda to eradicate extreme poverty and provide a life of dignity for all. This ambition, while achievable, must address various obstacles, including the deadly harm to communities and individuals caused by drug trafficking and drug abuse.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Climate Change Briefing for MediaJun 25, 2015Media are key partners in our efforts to fight climate change. People everywhere need to understand that climate change is real; that its impact is devastating; and that action now is truly vital to stave off disaster.
Introductory remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton, at the 10th Anniversary of the GEF Small Grants ProgrammeJun 4, 2015Since 2005, the program has supported 99 projects with a total value of 4.3 million dollars. Behind these impressive numbers are real-world results that show what can be achieved with energy, creativity and modest funding.
UNDP Regional Director’s visit focuses on employment, climate change and sustainable farmingApr 22, 2015The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Cihan Sultanoğlu, made an official visit to the country last week. During the three days she was here, Sultanoğlu participated in and supported the launch of several important events supported by UNDP and met with numerous representatives of national and local government.
Putting Vardar on the map – international cooperation promotes regional wine tourism Apr 22, 2015Wine lovers will soon be able to enjoy a greatly enhanced experience when touring the vineyards and cellars of the Vardar region. A new and much-expanded route will offer them the chance to visit as many as 48 wineries, as well as plenty of opportunities to tour the region’s museums and galleries. And with the help of a new wine-route map detailing local sites of interest, hotels and restaurants, they should also stand a much greater chance of not getting lost amongst the vineyards!
DHL and UNDP help to refine disaster readiness at airports managed by TAV Macedonia Apr 20, 2015The GARD concept has already been successfully implemented in almost 30 airports since 2005, including airports in Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, Panama, El Salvador and Peru. The GARD trainers, DHL logistics experts who are providing their services free of charge, have been working in close cooperation with the United Nations.
Opening remarks by Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Assistant-Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for Europe and the CIS at the Regional Conference on Employment and Social Inclusion in South East Europe and Turkey 'Creating Jobs for Equity and Prosperity'Apr 16, 2015Having a job can be an escape route from poverty, whereas lacking one is often a direct route to a life of multiple deprivations. Jobs are not just about money. Work is a source of income, for sure, but also, crucially, a source of dignity. That is why employment is at the heart of the human development agenda.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Regional Worksop on Monitoring and Evaluation for Roma InclusionApr 14, 2015The simple truth is that without setting realistic targets and making regular, credible measurements, it is just not possible to demonstrate progress in our work. No matter how much money we invest, no matter how creative our programming … we have no way prove our impact.