New Start, New Startup
Jan 15, 2018
Biljana is one of 3,500 women who have benefited from the Self-Employment Programme. Her success is an inspiration for all those who dream of starting again but fear they don’t have what it takes.
Cleaner Soil Leads to Healthier Yields
Dec 26, 2017
More than 200 farmers have developed knowledge and expertise in plant and soil interaction over the past year by attending UNDP and SDC educational seminars. It is expected that this will not only benefit the environment but also help increase the farmers’ yields and incomes by as much as 30-40%.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the inception workshop ‘Improving the Management of Protected Areas’
Dec 20, 2017
With a budget of 4.3 million euros in EU funding, our new project is designed to help translate protection on paper into meaningful guardianship of natural resources in everyday practice. Since many people believe that protecting the environment always comes at the cost of development, the project will also show that protecting nature brings economic benefits to local communities.
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the National Capacity Building and Awareness-Raising Workshop and Cooperation Opportunities with the Green Climate Fund
Dec 18, 2017
As our UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said earlier this month at the “One Planet” climate summit in Paris, “We are in a war for the very existence of life on our planet as we know it.” And despite the strong global consensus that led to the Paris Agreement two years ago, and the binding commitments that it yielded to reduce greenhouse gases, we are still not winning this war.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the “Creating Inclusive Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities” Conference
Dec 18, 2017
Persons with disability experience widespread discrimination and harmful stereotypes, and face challenges in realizing their rights in virtually all spheres of life, whether education, employment, housing, public services or participation in the community. They are thus perhaps the largest group that faces an extremely high risk of being “left behind.” For this reason, the entire UN family in this country has made a strong and shared commitment to help our national partners overcome all barriers to inclusion for persons with disabilities.
Empowering Municipal Councils: A Fresh Start for Local Democracy
Dec 12, 2017
Newly elected council members need to understand their responsibilities to their constituencies and often need to develop new skills to fulfill their new roles, particular in terms of translating citizen priorities into budgets. But, coming in fresh, they also have a chance to breathe new life into the municipal councils and help ensure that they become more effective in representing their constituents and providing oversight.
Speech by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at “Empowering Municipal Councils: A Fresh Start for Local Democracy” forum
Dec 12, 2017
We see decentralisation – successful decentralization, I should underline – as crucial to the well-being of citizens, since most of what contributes to “quality of life” starts at the municipal level. For us, both development and democracy have their roots in the local community. This is where citizens receive vital public services. This is where citizens interact directly with institutions.
Opening Speech by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the Human Rights Day 2017
Dec 11, 2017
The enormous progress that has been achieved through progressive enactment of human rights principles, as laid out in the Universal Declaration, is being increasingly forgotten or willfully ignored … The universality of rights is being contested across much of the world.
Opening remarks by United Nations Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at International Anti-Corruption Day: “Corruption: an Imminent Threat to Human Rights”
Dec 11, 2017
Corruption is also a pernicious thief of economic development. The rule is simple: the more corrupt your society, the poorer your people. Globally 1 trillion dollars are paid in bribes each year, while an estimated 2.6 trillion dollars are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equal to more than 5 per cent of global GDP.
“They erase us, like we don’t exist”: LGBTI people tell of struggle and resilience in the Western Balkans
Dec 8, 2017
Recounting tales of suffering, discrimination and violence, as well as triumph and resilience, the diverse cast of OutSpoken explain how their identities shape all aspects of their lives, from family relationships and going out at night, to daily activities and professional life.