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Rebuilding roads, rebuilding lives – a new EU project in the flood-hit Municipality of KonceMay 23, 2016The remote rural municipality of Konce is a beautiful but by no means easy place to live—and the record floods that hit the area in January 2015 have been making life a whole lot harder. Situated in the southeast of the country, Konce is made up of just a handful of villages nestled in the foothills of Mount Serta. The few thousand inhabitants of this municipality are mostly small-scale farmers eking a living from growing tobacco, the majority of them struggling to stay above the poverty line. In such precarious circumstances, the damage wrought by last year’s flooding has proved little short of a catastrophe.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and TransphobiaMay 17, 2016May 17th is being celebrated this year in more than 130 countries, so we can see that the movement for LGBTI rights is gaining strength and uniting millions of people in the recognition that “human rights are for everyone, no matter who you are or whom you love.”
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Consultations with CSOs on the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan 2016-2018May 11, 2016The principles of open government go hand in hand with the idea of sustainable development. One of the 17 new Global Goals – Goal 16, which aims “to build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” – is explicitly aligned with the open government agenda. But in fact progress towards every Goal depends on transparent institutions that are open and accountable to their citizens, on active participation by citizens, and on the rule of law.
Help in the Pipeline: The EU Flood Recovery Programme Launches a Project to Build Back Better a Damaged Culvert in Cesinovo-OblesovoApr 25, 2016The damaged culvert is also a major danger and obstruction for the passage of emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire engines. According to the mayor of the municipality, Kostadin Lickov, there is no suitable alternative to the bridge that passes through the village of Sokolarci and connects to the entire regional road.
Earth Day Observed: Trees are Key Allies in Combating Climate ChangeApr 22, 2016The tree-planting events match the theme of this year’s Earth Day, which aims to mobilize the planting worldwide of nearly eight billion trees by 2020—one tree for every man, woman and child. With popular support and enthusiasm this goal may even be achieved earlier than 2020.
United Nations agencies express serious concern at conditions in transit and asylum centersApr 20, 2016The United Nations agencies are seriously concerned at the conditions in which these people are living. The two main accommodation facilities were designed, constructed and equipped exclusively as transit centers, with an eye to hosting transient visitors for at most 24 hours. They are not residential facilities. Although people staying in the near-empty Vinojug camp have use of bunk beds in containers, Tabanovce lacks beds and the majority of the people acommodated there are sleeping on benches or the floor in collective shelters, or outdoors in tents. There is no privacy. Power outages are frequent. Heating in cold weather and cooling in hot weather are inadequate. Sanitary facilities are primitive. Freedom of movement is limited, confining people in detention-like conditions.
Wanted: Innovative ideas to help fight climate change and increase urban resilienceApr 15, 2016The most innovative idea will be awarded with a grant of $10,000, of which $1,000 will be given as a cash prize and $9,000 will be granted to the winner in the form of in-kind contributions to translate the idea into the prototype of a solution. This includes technological support, mentoring, and help in finding partners who might be interested in adopting the solution or funding further development.
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the Conference of the National Network to End Violence against Women and Domestic Violence “Prevention and protection from violence of women migrants”Apr 13, 2016Over the past year, as some 900,000 refugees and migrants have made their way across the country, the UN has wrestled with the specific challenges faced by women and girls. As you well know, the uncertain conditions of migration heighten all the risks that women face under “normal” circumstances, and the more “irregular” the routes they are forced to follow, the greater their risk of experiencing gender-based violence.
UNDP and the Government of Japan help local communities cope with waste management and other challenges of the refugee crisisApr 11, 2016With a donation of waste-management vehicles and equipment to the Municipality of Gevgelija, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new 2.225-million-USD project aimed at addressing priority development needs in the two host communities that were most affected by the refugee and migrant influx in 2015 and early 2016.
Building Back Better: Restoring a Vital Connection for the Villagers of RazlovciApr 8, 2016The reconstruction of the bridge is one of eight transportation-related projects being funded by the EU Flood Recovery Programme. The projects will all be implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Secretariat for European Integration, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Public Enterprise for State Roads and the local governments of the affected municipalities.