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This year’s UN Day will send a message to the future about young people’s hopes for the kind of developments they want to see by the year 2030. Students from across the country will not only be taking part in discussions to identify actions to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in this country, but will also be planting their hopes in a special time-capsule to be opened in 2030.
This new platform brings together six municipalities where some 170,000 people live, most of whom seek their livelihoods in agriculture, so the new platform will strive to reduce the disparities between urban Kumanovo and the overwhelmingly rural areas that surround it.
Here in the Polog Region, we have always enjoyed excellent cooperation at the municipal level, but this is our first initiative at the regional level. We see great potential here, and we look forward to helping to the region’s nearly 18,000 small companies thrive and expand.
Creating new jobs and finding ways to connect employers and job-seekers are thus rightfully at the top of the Government’s agenda, and UNDP is pleased to be supporting these efforts.
The 2014 Aid Transparency Index recognized UNDP for its “commendable performance” in publishing information beyond international standards this year, placing it first overall out of 68 major agencies evaluated worldwide.
The Academy for Training of Judges and Public Prosecutors deserves a lot of credit for educating the media on the entire concept of gender-based violence, and for doing the empirical research needed to show that domestic violence is in fact overwhelmingly violence against women.
By bringing together representatives from parliament, government, academia, judiciary, public prosecutors’ offices and civil society organizations from several South Eastern European countries, the workshop will showcase the efforts being undertaken around the region to improve the protection of victims of gender-based violence and domestic violence and the prosecution of offenders.
Skopje will be joining the new network of Social Good Summit Meetups being held across the world, united under this year’s tagline, #2030NOW. Similar brainstorming events, aimed at galvanizing an ambitious agenda for global change for the coming fifteen years, will be held simultaneously in at least 60 other cities.
Over 1,600 children and more than sixty members of staff from three schools in Skopje and Delčevo and Skopje will soon be feeling the benefits of comprehensive measures to increase energy efficiency in their buildings.
The app provides travellers in Skopje with all the information they need to plan the quickest, cheapest and most environment-friendly routes to destinations in the capital. Carbon emissions data help commuters to make the “greenest” choice.
For the United Nations, fighting domestic violence and all forms of violence against women is a global top priority, and we are proud to have been working together with both the Government and civil society here for many years to support the adoption of effective policies and practices.
The problem of youth unemployment is particularly acute in the Western Balkans. In this country, more than half of working-age young people are jobless. This is not a transitory phenomenon: 77 percent of the jobless have been looking for work for more than a year, and even those with decent jobs needed on average six years to find something after leaving school.
Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable. This is the core premise of the 2014 Human Development Report, launched here today by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and Director of the Human Development Report Office Khalid Malik.
Levels in human development continue to rise – yet the pace has slowed for all regions and progress has been highly uneven, according to the latest Human Development Index (HDI) included in the 2014 Human Development Report “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience”, published today by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Building on years of steady progress in the index, this country ranks 84 out of 187 countries and lands in the “high human development” category. Among the most notable gains, life expectancy has grown by 6.6 years since 1980, and expected years of schooling have increased by 2.7 years.
This award recognizes the Network’s exemplary achievements in inter-municipal cooperation—cooperation that has contributed significantly to regional development and economic growth, setting a model of best practices for others to follow.
For the United Nations, fighting domestic violence and all forms of violence against women is a global top priority. The UN agencies are proud to have been actively engaged on this issue here for more than seven years, and to have contributed to much of the training, research, analysis and policy advice that underpins the new draft law. We see the new law as a big step forward for the country.