Earth Day Observed: Trees are Key Allies in Combating Climate ChangeApr 22, 2016The tree-planting events match the theme of this year’s Earth Day, which aims to mobilize the planting worldwide of nearly eight billion trees by 2020—one tree for every man, woman and child. With popular support and enthusiasm this goal may even be achieved earlier than 2020.
United Nations agencies express serious concern at conditions in transit and asylum centersApr 20, 2016The United Nations agencies are seriously concerned at the conditions in which these people are living. The two main accommodation facilities were designed, constructed and equipped exclusively as transit centers, with an eye to hosting transient visitors for at most 24 hours. They are not residential facilities. Although people staying in the near-empty Vinojug camp have use of bunk beds in containers, Tabanovce lacks beds and the majority of the people acommodated there are sleeping on benches or the floor in collective shelters, or outdoors in tents. There is no privacy. Power outages are frequent. Heating in cold weather and cooling in hot weather are inadequate. Sanitary facilities are primitive. Freedom of movement is limited, confining people in detention-like conditions.
Wanted: Innovative ideas to help fight climate change and increase urban resilienceApr 15, 2016The most innovative idea will be awarded with a grant of $10,000, of which $1,000 will be given as a cash prize and $9,000 will be granted to the winner in the form of in-kind contributions to translate the idea into the prototype of a solution. This includes technological support, mentoring, and help in finding partners who might be interested in adopting the solution or funding further development.
UNDP and the Government of Japan help local communities cope with waste management and other challenges of the refugee crisisApr 11, 2016With a donation of waste-management vehicles and equipment to the Municipality of Gevgelija, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new 2.225-million-USD project aimed at addressing priority development needs in the two host communities that were most affected by the refugee and migrant influx in 2015 and early 2016.
Creating job opportunities for Roma can ensure greater inclusionApr 8, 2016Persistently high jobless rates are one of the main reasons that Roma face a far higher risk of poverty than do other ethnic communities. Roma struggle to find work on the formal job market, since they often have only limited educational qualifications and face widespread prejudice from prospective employers. But these obstacles can be conquered, as the experience of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has shown. In observance of International Roma Day, UNDP is showcasing 10 inspiring stories of Roma women and men who have secured a future for themselves by finding good jobs or creating their own business.
A climate challenge for all citizens—again it depends on you!Apr 5, 2016The most innovative idea will be awarded with a grant of $10,000, of which $1,000 will be given as a cash prize and $9,000 will be granted to the winner in the form of in-kind contributions to translate the idea into the prototype of a solution. This includes technological support, mentoring, and help in finding partners who might be interested in adopting the solution or funding further development.
Building Resilient Communities – A Top Priority for the EU Flood Recovery ProgrammeApr 4, 2016Funded by the EU, implemented by UNDP, this project will target damaged water infrastructure in six locations in the East, West, Southeast and Pelagonija regions, restoring regulated riverbeds and drainage systems in the Crna Reka and Strumica river basins and reconstructing and improving the management of the four priority dams of Mavrovica, Slatina, Drenska Reka and Lipa.
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.
“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.