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  • After the floods – building back better in the Strumica River Basin Feb 24, 2017

    Already the EUR 800,000 project has cleared 23 kilometres of regulated canals and repaired damaged embankments that were built decades ago, significantly reducing the blockage and the risk of overflow. The project includes interventions in the main flood control canals and drainage network that run through several municipalities in the region of Strumica.

  • Village Road in Tabanovce Reconstructed with Japanese Funds Feb 16, 2017

    The local road was severely damaged during the recent refugee and migrant crisis because of the steady traffic of trucks and other heavy vehicles to and from the border reception center, which saw the transit of an estimated one million refugees and migrants in 2015 and early 2016. Thanks to its full reconstruction, the Tabanovce villagers now have much better access to work and school, and humanitarian supplies can be safely delivered to the few remaining residents of the transit center.

  • A fruitful tour of Alsace gives Vardar wine-producers a lesson in regional cooperation Jan 19, 2017

    UNDP’s Local Development Programme has been supporting the Vardar Planning Region in establishing cooperation with the Alsace region. As all wine-lovers will know, Alsace is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, with a strong tradition of wine tourism.

  • A creative approach to multi-ethnic cooperation amongst young people in Kumanovo Jan 12, 2017

    Young people here have a need for creative expression and there is no other space outside of school where they can express themselves and at the same time practice social inclusion and integration. This is why MultiKulti has always used art as a tool, including theatre, dance, photography and comic strips.

  • Gevgelija Expands Drinking Water Supply with Japanese Funds Dec 27, 2016

    The rebuilding and modernization of the pumping station will double its output of drinking water from 50 litres to 100 litres per second. This increased capacity will enable the station to meet the growing demand for clean drinking water in the Gevgelija region and overcome water shortages.

  • Strumica River Basin farmers learn more sustainable practices Dec 26, 2016

    Given the vital importance of agriculture to the region, tackling the problem of unsustainable farming practices is now a key priority in the Basin, especially in the context of climate change. This is why a new and comprehensive programme has been launched to modernize agriculture and train farmers to grow different crops, plan crop rotations and irrigate and fertilize more efficiently.

  • Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the awarding of grant certificates to farmers from the Strumica River Basin Dec 26, 2016

    We are proud today to award grants worth 5,000 dollars to each of our top 30 graduates. These grants are designed to fund the purchase of the equipment you need to put what you’ve learned into practice, and we look forward to seeing the results of your work at the next harvest.

  • Speech by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Official Handover Ceremony in Erebino Dec 23, 2016

    The upgrade of this storage facility, and similar improvements at the Ministry of Interior’s main storage location in Orman, will contribute to the safety of citizens by ensuring that guns and other light weapons are kept out of the wrong hands, and far away from criminals and terrorists.

  • Major upgrade improves security at “Erebino” weapons storage site Dec 23, 2016

    An EU-funded upgrade worth EUR 255,000 has significantly increased security at the Ministry of Defense’s main storage site for small arms, light weapons and ammunition in Erebino. The completion of the upgrade was marked at a handover ceremony at Erebino on 23 December 2016. The upgrade was funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its regional SEESAC project dedicated to halting the proliferation of illicit weapons.

  • Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton on the occasion of the International Migrants Day Dec 16, 2016

    As our outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underlined in his statement for International Migrants Day, “Every migrant is a human being with human rights, regardless of their status.” We are convinced that the benefits of “safe, regular and orderly migration” can be reaped here, just as they can in so many other countries, and we count on your support as we continue to advocate for a more humane and generous approach.