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  • Village Road in Tabanovce Reconstructed with Japanese Funds Feb 16, 2017

    The local road was severely damaged during the recent refugee and migrant crisis because of the steady traffic of trucks and other heavy vehicles to and from the border reception center, which saw the transit of an estimated one million refugees and migrants in 2015 and early 2016. Thanks to its full reconstruction, the Tabanovce villagers now have much better access to work and school, and humanitarian supplies can be safely delivered to the few remaining residents of the transit center.

  • Gevgelija Expands Drinking Water Supply with Japanese Funds Dec 27, 2016

    The rebuilding and modernization of the pumping station will double its output of drinking water from 50 litres to 100 litres per second. This increased capacity will enable the station to meet the growing demand for clean drinking water in the Gevgelija region and overcome water shortages.

  • Major upgrade improves security at “Erebino” weapons storage site Dec 23, 2016

    An EU-funded upgrade worth EUR 255,000 has significantly increased security at the Ministry of Defense’s main storage site for small arms, light weapons and ammunition in Erebino. The completion of the upgrade was marked at a handover ceremony at Erebino on 23 December 2016. The upgrade was funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its regional SEESAC project dedicated to halting the proliferation of illicit weapons.

  • United Nations Sets Five Priorities for the Next Five Years Oct 31, 2016

    The new United Nations strategy for 2016-2020, “Partnership for Sustainable Development,” was signed today by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Poposki and UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton, in the presence of hundreds of representatives from government, civil society and the international community. The aim of this strategy, with projected funding of USD 120,9 million, is to promote equitable and sustainable development and support the country’s integration into the European Union.

  • International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction: Prevention is the key to saving lives and livelihoods Oct 13, 2016

    During the last two decades, disasters globally have killed more than 1.3 million people and caused USD 2 trillion in damages,” says UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton. “This report points out that taking a more proactive and preventive approach to risks would help protect the lives and livelihoods of the people who live in this region and safeguard both past development gains and current investments”.

  • European Union, United Nations and World Bank join forces in flood recovery Aug 23, 2016

    The European Union and the World Bank, together with the UN agencies in the country, have responded swiftly to the Government’s request for assistance in addressing the damage caused by the devastating floods that hit the country earlier this month. In addition to ongoing emergency relief efforts, a joint team of experts in disaster recovery from the EU, the UN and the World Bank have been deployed on the ground to work with national counterparts to identify the causes of the floods and assess their impact on communities and the broader economy. Looking beyond compensation for losses, the team will complete a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment to identify long-term recovery needs and prepare an integrated strategy for reconstruction. The Assessment is expected to be completed by the end of September 2016.

  • Statement on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Jun 26, 2016

    Today is the first International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking since April's UNGASS on the world drug problem. The Outcome Document adopted at UNGASS stresses a joint commitment to counter the world drug problem, and it has helped generate a global sense of purpose against this threat that menaces millions.

  • It’s Never Too Late: Adults to Benefit from New Educational Opportunities Jun 2, 2016

    Expert representatives from government ministries, NGOs and academia have been meeting over the past two days to finalise the details of a new Primary Education Concept for Adults. The discussions around draft syllabuses and tests are part of a wider effort to help adults with limited education acquire the basic skills they need find jobs and participate more fully in society.

  • Earth Day Observed: Trees are Key Allies in Combating Climate Change Apr 22, 2016

    The 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 centers Apr 20, 2016

    The 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.