Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the B2B meetings of companies from Izmir and Pelagonija regions
Oct 26, 2016
UNDP is delighted to support the forging of business contacts between Pelagonija and Izmir, so let me give a very warm welcome to our guests from the 27 Turkish companies present here today.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at “Empowering Municipal Councils” Project Launch
Oct 13, 2016
For UNDP, this project represents the continuation of a long-standing engagement in support of decentralization and the creation of strong local and regional institutions. It draws inspiration from the fundamentally democratic notion that the state and its institutions must be accountable to the citizens, and not the other way around.
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction: Prevention is the key to saving lives and livelihoods
Oct 13, 2016
During the last two decades, disasters globally have killed more than 1.3 million people and caused USD 2 trillion in damages,” says UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton. “This report points out that taking a more proactive and preventive approach to risks would help protect the lives and livelihoods of the people who live in this region and safeguard both past development gains and current investments”.
Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Presentation of Graduation Certificates for the Vocational Training at Kumanovo Prison
Oct 6, 2016
You are pioneers, since this was the first time in this country that vocational training has ever been organized in a prison or correctional facility. We at UNDP are very proud that we have organized these courses together with our partners in the Ministry of Education and Science and the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions.
Vocational training helps inmates find jobs after their release
Oct 6, 2016
The Kshinje Prison in Kumanovo is a newly built semi-open institution that currently houses inmates serving sentences of up to three years. The prison was fully refurbished in 2012 and now has classrooms, recreational facilities and a library with over 2,600 books. Vocational training courses were introduced here six months ago by UNDP, in cooperation with the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton on the International Day for Universal Access to Information & the Tenth Anniversary of the Commission for Protection of the Right to Free Access to Public Information
Sep 28, 2016
Unhindered access to public information is a basic human right and a cornerstone of democracy. It has its roots in the founding documents of the United Nations, and it is enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as central to the fundamental right to freedom of opinion and expression.
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.