Press releases
  • 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.

  • “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.

  • A fresh start for the Balkans: Democratic renewal and environmental recovery Sep 20, 2017

    Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will deliver the keynote speech for a panel discussion at Columbia University in New York this week entitled “A fresh start for the Balkans: Democratic renewal and environmental recovery in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.” This event is organized by UNDP, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs as a side-event during the United Nations General Assembly week.

  • EUR 2.3 Million Project Launched to Help Local Governments Deliver Better Services Jul 27, 2017

    The project will also provide up to EUR 25,000 in funding to some 30 municipalities to help them address priority needs, particularly for vulnerable groups, with the aim of ensuring better living standards for all.


    The project worth EUR 4.3 million is funded by the EU and UNDP, and will be implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning over the next 36 months.

  • Skopje Innovation Lab to Engage Citizens in Policy and Service Design and Delivery Jul 6, 2017

    Today, Mayor of Skopje Koce Trajanovski and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton launched the City of Skopje’s first social innovation lab.

  • Statement of the UNODC Executive Director on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Jun 26, 2017

    The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking recognises the severe impact that illicit drugs have on health, development, peace and security. Around 190,000 people die due to illicit drugs every year. But the damage visited upon lives and communities does not stop there. Drug use damages health in the form of debilitating HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis, while drug trafficking nourishes money laundering, and deadly terrorism. Corruption, the great enabler of organized crime, exists throughout the drug supply chain.


    This 10 million EUR programme funded by the European Union will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) over the next 36 months in six countries and territories in the Western Balkans.

  • Partnering to Promote Inclusion and Better Services for Persons with Disabilities Jun 13, 2017

    Over 100 international and national professionals, practitioners and persons with disabilities gathered for a two-day workshop in Ohrid to exchange experiences and explore new opportunities and services that could help persons with disabilities lead more independent and active lives in the community.

  • First Climate Change Strategy for the City of Skopje Launched Apr 5, 2017

    Developed by experts and citizens, “Resilient Skopje” includes a series of analyses, recommendations and actions that should be implemented over the next five years to help fight climate change and increase urban resilience.

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