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European Union, United Nations and World Bank join forces in flood recoveryAug 23, 2016The 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 responseAug 10, 2016Looking 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, 2016Gender 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 ProgrammeJul 18, 2016Over 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, 2016Teenage 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 contestJun 27, 2016The 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 TraffickingJun 26, 2016Today 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 CampJun 24, 2016To 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.
Tapping public talent to overcome the challenges of climate change – finalists selected in nationwide competition for innovative ideas to boost urban resilienceJun 20, 2016A nationwide competition was launched earlier this year inviting members of the public to submit their own innovative proposals for tackling climate change and increasing urban resilience. More than sixty ideas were submitted to the competition, ten of which were shortlisted for further development.
It’s Never Too Late: Adults to Benefit from New Educational OpportunitiesJun 2, 2016Expert representatives from government ministries, NGOs and academia have been meeting over the past two days to finalise the details of a new Primary Education Concept for Adults. The discussions around draft syllabuses and tests are part of a wider effort to help adults with limited education acquire the basic skills they need find jobs and participate more fully in society.