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Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP/UNFPA Resident Representative Louisa Vinton on the occasion of International Youth Day Aug 12, 2015With the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs next month at the General Assembly in New York, we see a real possibility to change diametrically the direction the world is headed. This means, among other things, finding the ways and means to eliminate poverty by 2030; neutralizing the threats posed by climate change; and making gender equality a reality in every country of the world. But to change the world’s trajectory so dramatically, we depend on the energy and creativity of young people like yourselves.
New Entrepreneurship Opportunities for People with DisabilitiesJul 23, 2015A new employment measure aims to help some 120 unemployed people with disabilities achieve their dreams and start up their own businesses by the end of next year. Launched by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Employment Service Agency and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Self-Employment for People with Disabilities measure will work to integrate unemployed people with disabilities into the labour market by providing them with the customized support they need to start up their own businesses.
#DeluvajSega! – A New Photo Competition to Capture the Effects of Climate Change Jul 20, 2015Тhe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the French Embassy in Skopje and the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning have teamed up to launch a Facebook photo competition to raise awareness about the effects of climate change. ‘#DeluvajSega!’ is open to all Macedonian citizens, inviting them to use their photographic skills to capture the effects of climate change on camera.
Opening remarks by UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Alessandro Fracassetti at the launch of the 'Self-Employment for People with Disabilities' projectJul 16, 2015Over the past eight years, the Self-Employment Programme has helped more than 6,700 people to create their own businesses. We expect to see another 900 candidates graduate successfully this year. UNDP’s experience from around the world has shown that self-employment can stimulate creative and entrepreneurial skills among people with disabilities and foster better quality jobs. • We are very hopeful, therefore, that we can achieve our project target by the end of next year of enabling 120 unemployed people with disabilities to start their own businesses and fulfil their dreams.
New Swiss-Funded Project to Help Restore the Health of the Strumica River BasinJul 15, 2015A new six-year project aiming at restoring the Health of the Strumica River Basin got underway today and will be implemented by UNDP in partnership with national and local institutions with the generous financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The new project, which is worth 2.9 million Swiss Francs, is set to reduce the risk of floods and droughts, decrease pollution and restore the ecological health of the waterbodies of the Strumica River Basin.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the ‘Strengthening capacities of women political leaders’Jul 10, 2015As our Secretary-General says, “the world will never realize 100 percent of its goals if 50 percent of its people cannot realize their full potential. When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all.” This is an issue of top priority for the UN, and you can count on all our advice and support
Remarks on the new global development framework by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton Session of the Parliamentary Equal Opportunities CommissionJul 8, 2015How did we do on the MDGs? Many targets were met, including halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty, subsisting on less than 1 dollar and 25 cents per day. The targets on improving access to clean drinking water, reducing malaria and tuberculosis and achieving gender equality in primary education have also been met. But progress has been less encouraging in some areas crucial to gender equality, including maternal and infant mortality. In fact, material mortality is the MDG where the fewest gains have been made since 2000.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the “Big Data for Development” Joint workshop for UNDP offices in Arab States and Europe/Central AsiaJul 6, 2015With every passing day, the world generates incalculable amounts of new data, whether from social media, credit cards, mobile phones, or other technologies. What matters to us, of course, is not the sheer volume of data, but rather what can we do with it, and, crucially, how we can harness “big data” to address crucial development challenges.
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.