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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.
Drug abuse and illicit trafficking have calamitous consequences for the world’s efforts to deliver greater prosperity and equality for all. There are up to 200,000 preventable deaths each year from overdoses. Illicit drugs spawn criminal violence and weaken a state’s essential institutions.
On the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, it is important to remember that drug use disorders are preventable and treatable. That, where there is help, there is also hope.
Gender equality is a top priority for the United Nations globally, and it is a goal that all the UN agencies working here share with their national partners and counterparts.
Some fifty young people recently gathered together in a Skopje café to learn more about the UN’s Universal Periodic Review and to offer their own input into the post-2015 agenda.
“My Municipality” is an online tool that is inspired by “My world,” an online survey that the United Nations has been conducting so that world leaders will have a better sense of what ordinary citizens really want in the years to come.
The launch of an innovative new system called My Municipality is set to transform the way the public communicate their priorities to decision-makers, radically increasing the inclusiveness of the municipality’s policy-making processes.
A total of four youth info clubs will open throughout May and June this year at universities in Skopje, Tetovo, Bitola and Stip. Their aim is to strengthen the links between potential employers and new graduates. The clubs will not only provide students with career advice and up-to-date info on all the latest employment opportunities, but also offer guest lectures with career advice from private companies, public administration officers, NGOs and international organisations.
The United Nations will devote the first week of May to getting out the vote for its MY World opinion poll, organizing a multitude of activities in more than 50 countries to raise awareness of and boost global participation in its efforts to foster a conversation with the world's citizens that will better inform future international policy-making.
A group of twenty students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne spent a whole day in Prespa, hearing from the expert team about what the Municipality of Resen, UNDP and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation are doing to help ensure a sustainable future for Lake Prespa.
On International Roma Day, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, calls on all European States and institutions to fully include Roma people in the decision-making process in Europe at all levels.
Fighting domestic violence is a top priority for the United Nations. This is because violence against women and girls is the most pervasive and widespread human rights violation in the world. Globally, roughly one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime.
Developed with extensive technical assistance from UNDP, the Third National Communication on Climate Change spells out the next key steps to be taken in all key sectors of the economy and society—at national and local level—to prepare for, adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
The Third National Communication on Climate Change comes at a time when international negotiations on climate change are intensifying in the build-up to a meaningful, universal agreement in Paris in 2015. Paris 2015 is the place and time where a new global climate agreement is expected.