A solution for “smart recycling” triumphs in Skopje climate change contestJun 27, 2016The winner of the “It Depends on You” climate change challenge for 2016 was team ReBot, which captivated the jury with a passionate and inspired presentation of an innovative solution for recycling and sorting plastic waste. Competing against eight other finalists selected from more than 60 submissions, ReBot won the first prize of USD 10,000 and a chance to transform its winning idea into a prototype.
Tapping public talent to overcome the challenges of climate change – finalists selected in nationwide competition for innovative ideas to boost urban resilienceJun 20, 2016A nationwide competition was launched earlier this year inviting members of the public to submit their own innovative proposals for tackling climate change and increasing urban resilience. More than sixty ideas were submitted to the competition, ten of which were shortlisted for further development.
Masked runners, paragliders and mystery footprints make the 2016 Skopje Marathon a race for gender equalityJun 1, 2016“The quest for equal rights for women and men is a marathon of historic proportions,” said UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton. “Long-distance running requires determination and perseverance and the same can be said for gender equality. We’ve made good progress towards this goal so far but there is still a great distance to cover. We count on your support in getting to the finish line.”
Rebuilding roads, rebuilding lives – a new EU project in the flood-hit Municipality of KonceMay 23, 2016The remote rural municipality of Konce is a beautiful but by no means easy place to live—and the record floods that hit the area in January 2015 have been making life a whole lot harder. Situated in the southeast of the country, Konce is made up of just a handful of villages nestled in the foothills of Mount Serta. The few thousand inhabitants of this municipality are mostly small-scale farmers eking a living from growing tobacco, the majority of them struggling to stay above the poverty line. In such precarious circumstances, the damage wrought by last year’s flooding has proved little short of a catastrophe.
Help in the Pipeline: The EU Flood Recovery Programme Launches a Project to Build Back Better a Damaged Culvert in Cesinovo-OblesovoApr 25, 2016The damaged culvert is also a major danger and obstruction for the passage of emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire engines. According to the mayor of the municipality, Kostadin Lickov, there is no suitable alternative to the bridge that passes through the village of Sokolarci and connects to the entire regional road.
Building Back Better: Restoring a Vital Connection for the Villagers of RazlovciApr 8, 2016The reconstruction of the bridge is one of eight transportation-related projects being funded by the EU Flood Recovery Programme. The projects will all be implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Secretariat for European Integration, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Public Enterprise for State Roads and the local governments of the affected municipalities.
New water system brings safe drinking water to the residents of Dolno DupeniMar 30, 2016Despite living beside one of the largest bodies of freshwater in Europe, the 200 or so villagers of Dolno Dupeni near Lake Prespa have suffered multiple problems over the past ten years with severe shortages of clean drinking water. These have been especially acute during the tourist season, when the population of the bucolic village swells to more than 1,000 people eager to visit local beaches.
Reconnecting the people of Mogila – a new EU project to help rebuild the flood-hit roads of PelagonijaMar 16, 2016Situated in the heart of the Pelagonija region in the far south of the country, the Municipality of Mogila experienced record flood-levels at the end of January 2015, then again in February and early March.
Women find vocations through the Community Works ProgrammeMar 8, 2016In all 538 people in 42 municipalities have participated in the Community Works Programme in the three years since it began. 400 of these, or 75%, are women. All of them had previously been unemployed and, for many, the Programme provided their first work experience outside the home.
Creating a Green Cadastre to Help Make Skopje a Greener CityFeb 15, 2016In partnership with the capital city, the UN’s Development Programme is undertaking a complex process of mapping, recording and cataloguing all of the public green zones in the capital, and this includes each and every bush and tree. The creation of this “green cadastre” is part of a larger program that aims both to promote an expansion in green spaces to match European norms for urban areas, and also to improve the city’s preparedness for natural disasters and climate change.