• Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative on the Occasion of the International Week of the DeafSep 28, 2015We find that the biggest challenge people with disabilities face is in exercising their right to work. That is why the United Nations Development Programme has teamed up with the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy to try to make it easier for deaf people and other persons with disabilities to find rewarding jobs and run their own businesses. You’ll hear more about this later in the program.

  • Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the opening of the Prespa Apple Harvest festivalSep 26, 2015The work that the Municipality of Resen has been doing in partnership with UNDP over the last decade has pioneered an approach which embodies the principles upon which the Global Goals are based.Together we have found ways to protect nature while ensuring that farming families also thrive.

  • Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton “The Role of the UN in Improving Gender Equality beyond 2015” ConferenceSep 23, 2015It’s true that equal rights were also a feature of the Millennium Development Goals that have provided a development framework for the world over the past 15 years. But we have to admit that this goal was a rather half-hearted one, and its targets were set with caution and restraint. Not so the SDGs. The new SDG number 5 is breath-taking in its ambition. We are no longer talking about incremental progress for some people in some countries on some issues; instead, we are talking about achieving – achieving, not merely legislating – full equality for all women and all girls.

  • Social Good Summit: From Fun and Games to Sustainable Development Sep 21, 2015Come and join us in Resen on Saturday, 26 September, for the launch of UNDP’s first-ever interactive computer game, “Prespaville,” a fun way to learn about sustainable farming, environmental protection and the UN’s new goals for sustainable development.

  • 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

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