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16 Apr 2015
Opening remarks by Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Assistant-Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for Europe and the CIS at the Regional Conference 'Creating Jobs for Equity and Prosperity'
Having a job can be an escape route from poverty, whereas lacking one is often a direct route to a life of multiple deprivations. Jobs are not just about money. Work is a source of income, for sure, but also, crucially, a source of dignity. That is why employment is at the heart of the human development agenda.
14 Apr 2015
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Regional Worksop on Monitoring and Evaluation for Roma Inclusion
The simple truth is that without setting realistic targets and making regular, credible measurements, it is just not possible to demonstrate progress in our work. No matter how much money we invest, no matter how creative our programming … we have no way prove our impact.
09 Mar 2015
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the Conference “Status of gender equality in the country” on the Occasion of International Women’s Day
Improving the country’s track record is vital not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it is the smart thing. Study after study shows a direct correlation between gender equality and GDP growth, improved economic competitiveness and higher levels of well-being. The United Nations agencies in the country remain fully committed to this cause. Gender equality is one of the five key priorities we have set for our work over the next five years. We look forward to supporting the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and other partners in helping to end violence against women, overcome discrimination, dismantle barriers to employment and political leadership, and introduce a gender perspective into policy-making and budget-setting.
06 Mar 2015
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the “Empower Women, Empower Humanity” National conference Marking 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was pioneering in recognizing that women’s participation was necessary to achieve genuine peace and security, but over the past two decades only 9% of the negotiators participating in peace talks were women. And, while more countries have enacted laws to protect women from violence, sexual violence and gender-based violence continues to plague every continent and every country. In Europe, one in three women will fall victim in her lifetime, and prevalence rates soar to even more horrific levels during war and conflict.
05 Feb 2015
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Opening consultations on new National Strategy for Youth for 2016-2025
Young people here and all across the Balkans now face a set of challenges that weigh on them disproportionately as a generation. Nearly half of all young people are unemployed, a rate almost double that for the general population; and the average transition from school to a decent job, according to recent ILO research, drags on as long as six years. These conditions complicate the important life choices that young people face everywhere about where to settle, how to secure a livelihood, and when to start a family. Any new strategy for youth will need to reflect these concerns and map out credible solutions.
18 Dec 2014
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the ‘Decentralisation and Local Development in the Perspective of Future EU Membership’ Conference
This is an ideal time for reflection and stock-taking of the progress made in 2014 and the tasks still ahead in achieving our shared goals of creating efficient and responsive institutions at the municipal and regional level.
01 Dec 2014
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton “All together for development” Establishment of the Business Centre for Support and Consultative Services for Small and Medium Enterprises in the South-East Region Strumica
The new SME center will provide support that will help the region’s small businesses to flourish even more, through services that will include databases of investment locations, maps of free industrial zones, information on accessing EU funds, and e-guides for investors.
24 Nov 2014
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton - Start of the #16days campaign to eliminate violence against women
Violence against women is at once the world’s most widespread and the least acknowledged human rights violation. Globally, one in three women will be a victim of physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, and in almost every case the perpetrator will be her spouse, her partner or her boyfriend.
06 Nov 2014
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the workshop 'Ensuring effective mechanisms for prevention of and protection from discrimination'
The quest for membership of the European Union, which is the cornerstone for all national policies, is in and of itself a commitment to achieve the world’s highest standards on preventing discrimination.
05 Nov 2014
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the National Workshop on Integrity, Transparency and Accountability at Local Level
The precise costs are hard to gauge, but recent credible estimates put the global cost of corruption at a mind-boggling 2.6 trillion dollars per year. That’s more than 5 percent of global GDP. These costs are not simple abstractions. They inflict real and direct harm on families and communities.
28 Oct 2014
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Annual European Global Compact Local Networks Meeting “Social responsibility – necessity for competitive and sustainable business”
Worldwide, the UN Global Compact now boasts more than 12,000 members in 145 countries, and is thus the world’s largest network for responsible business practices.
24 Oct 2014
Speech by the UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton, UN Day 2014 -“The World We Want in 2030“- Bitola
This is the final year of work towards the Millennium Development Goals, which were adopted at the turn of the millennium to dynamize the global fight against hunger, poverty and deprivation. With most of the MDGs now on course to be achieved – including the flagship goal of halving the number of people living in extreme poverty – the world is looking ahead to post-2015 realities.
21 Oct 2014
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Establishment of the Platform for Regional Rural Action in the North-East Planning Region, Kumanovo
This new platform brings together six municipalities where some 170,000 people live, most of whom seek their livelihoods in agriculture, so the new platform will strive to reduce the disparities between urban Kumanovo and the overwhelmingly rural areas that surround it.
20 Oct 2014
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Establishment of the Business Centre for Support and Consultative Services for Small and Medium Enterprises in the Polog Region, Tetovo
Here in the Polog Region, we have always enjoyed excellent cooperation at the municipal level, but this is our first initiative at the regional level. We see great potential here, and we look forward to helping to the region’s nearly 18,000 small companies thrive and expand.
14 Oct 2014
Creating new jobs and finding ways to connect employers and job-seekers are thus rightfully at the top of the Government’s agenda, and UNDP is pleased to be supporting these efforts.
03 Oct 2014
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the workshop "The New Law for Prevention, Combating and Protection from Domestic Violence: Challenges for Practitioners"
The Academy for Training of Judges and Public Prosecutors deserves a lot of credit for educating the media on the entire concept of gender-based violence, and for doing the empirical research needed to show that domestic violence is in fact overwhelmingly violence against women.
27 Aug 2014
Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at First Reading of Draft Law on Domestic Violence, National Parliament, Skopje
For the United Nations, fighting domestic violence and all forms of violence against women is a global top priority, and we are proud to have been working together with both the Government and civil society here for many years to support the adoption of effective policies and practices.
12 Aug 2014
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton on International Youth Day
The problem of youth unemployment is particularly acute in the Western Balkans. In this country, more than half of working-age young people are jobless. This is not a transitory phenomenon: 77 percent of the jobless have been looking for work for more than a year, and even those with decent jobs needed on average six years to find something after leaving school.
- 24 Jul 2014
14 Jul 2014
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Public Discussion with Members of Parliament, the Judiciary and Academia on the Draft Law on Domestic Violence
For the United Nations, fighting domestic violence and all forms of violence against women is a global top priority. The UN agencies are proud to have been actively engaged on this issue here for more than seven years, and to have contributed to much of the training, research, analysis and policy advice that underpins the new draft law. We see the new law as a big step forward for the country.