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EU Flood Recovery Programme Will ‘Build Back Better’ Damaged RoadsJan 28, 2016In response to the major damage caused by floods in early 2015, the European Union (EU) has approved a multi-million-euro recovery programme to help the country build back better critical transport infrastructure in the regions most affected by floods. This is just the first phase of the programme; a second phase, to be approved soon, will focus on dams and river embankments.
Major Upgrade Improves Security at Orman Weapons Storage FacilityJan 15, 2016The storage of surplus weapons and ammunition has become more secure thanks to a EUR 270,000 upgrade to the Ministry of Interior’s main storage facility in Orman, on the outskirts of the capital, Skopje. The upgrade was funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through a long-running regional project dedicated to fighting illicit trade in small arms and ammunition.
Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Security Upgrade of the Ministry of Interior’s Orman Storage Depot Official HandoverJan 15, 2016Preventing the proliferation of illicit firearms is a priority for both the United Nations and the European Union, as part of a shared commitment to promoting peace and human security. A legacy of armed conflict, large inherited weapons stockpiles, and strong traditions of individual gun ownership make South East Europe a region of particular risk and concern.
A runaway success! Prototype developed for award-winning shoe soles that can charge your phoneDec 30, 2015The unique charging-device is the outcome of six months of hard work and dedication by a group of four innovative students whose idea for the invention recently won a national Climate Challenge competition with a prize of 10,000 US dollars to help develop the prototype.
Opening Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at Regional Conference Migration on the Balkan Route: Donor Coordination and Humanitarian ChallengesDec 18, 2015The UN agencies in the country have already devoted sizable human and financial resources to support the national response to the crisis, whether through assistance in building and managing transit centers at the borders; in supplying border police with equipment for registration; in creating child-friendly spaces for families to have a place to rest for a moment; in providing “dignity kits” and mobile gynecological clinics for women and girls; or in helping host municipalities to deliver vital public services such as water and waste management.
“Seize opportunities of the new world of work,” UNDP urgesDec 14, 2015Fast technological progress, deepening globalization, aging societies and environmental challenges are rapidly transforming what work means today and how it is performed. This new world of work presents opportunities for some, but also profound challenges for others. The 2015 Human Development Report, the flagship publication of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), urges governments to act now to ensure no one is left behind in the fast-changing world of work.
Remarks to the media by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the “Building Back Better” EU Flood Recovery Project Signing CeremonyDec 11, 2015Our aim is not simply to restore the infrastructure that was there before the floods, but rather to rebuild damaged roads, bridges, dams and embankments in a way that will make them more resilient and help to prevent future disasters. Put simply, our job here is to ‘build back better.’ We thank the European Union and the Government for their trust in UNDP as a partner, and we look forward to delivering results that will restore normal transport links and make people safer.
EU Flood Recovery Programme Starts: "Let's Build Back Better"Dec 11, 2015In 2015, over 170,000 people were affected by heavy flooding that caused major damages to roads, bridges and water management infrastructure, interrupting transport and economic activities throughout the country. The European Union is assisting the country and its citizens in overcoming the effects of the floods, by providing EUR 10,000,000 over the next two years to address the top priority reconstruction needs and reconstruct transport and water infrastructure in the most affected areas in line with “build back better” principles of sustainability.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at “Political Parties and Violence against Women” ConferenceDec 10, 2015Today also marks the conclusion of our campaign marking the “16 Days of Activism” that began on 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We link these two occasions together because we need to make clear to the world that women and girls have an inalienable and inherent human right to live free from violence and abuse.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at Third Coordination Meeting “Achievements of the Regional Development Centers”Dec 10, 2015As you know, UNDP has been working for more than a decade with the Ministry and municipal and regional partners to improve public services and build more responsive and transparent institutions. A lot of this work has been at the policy level, and we’re pleased that the new decentralization strategy and action plan for the period 2015 to 2020, which we helped the Ministry to prepare, was singled out in the latest European Commission progress report as a positive step forward.