Opening address by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Presentation of the Regional Roma Survey 2017
May 2, 2018
Among all the Western Balkan countries, this country offers the best – or at least the least bad – opportunities for its Roma citizens. And it has also shown the biggest improvements of any country for the period since 2011. However – and I have to underline here that this is a big caveat – the gaps in quality of life enjoyed by members of the Roma community and their non-Roma neighbors remain wide and persistent.
Speech by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the signing of agreement on active labor market measures for 2018
Apr 25, 2018
On behalf of the United Nations Development Programme, it's a great honor to be signing this tripartite agreement today, which covers a package of active labor market measures worth more than 8.3 million dollars, or almost 416 million denars. A lack of decent jobs is what we at UNDP see as the country's number-one development challenge.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at International Women’s Day 2018: #TimeIsNow
Mar 8, 2018
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said in his statement for International Women’s Day 2018, “Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.”
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the inception workshop ‘Improving the Management of Protected Areas’
Dec 20, 2017
With a budget of 4.3 million euros in EU funding, our new project is designed to help translate protection on paper into meaningful guardianship of natural resources in everyday practice. Since many people believe that protecting the environment always comes at the cost of development, the project will also show that protecting nature brings economic benefits to local communities.
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the National Capacity Building and Awareness-Raising Workshop and Cooperation Opportunities with the Green Climate Fund
Dec 18, 2017
As our UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said earlier this month at the “One Planet” climate summit in Paris, “We are in a war for the very existence of life on our planet as we know it.” And despite the strong global consensus that led to the Paris Agreement two years ago, and the binding commitments that it yielded to reduce greenhouse gases, we are still not winning this war.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the “Creating Inclusive Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities” Conference
Dec 18, 2017
Persons with disability experience widespread discrimination and harmful stereotypes, and face challenges in realizing their rights in virtually all spheres of life, whether education, employment, housing, public services or participation in the community. They are thus perhaps the largest group that faces an extremely high risk of being “left behind.” For this reason, the entire UN family in this country has made a strong and shared commitment to help our national partners overcome all barriers to inclusion for persons with disabilities.
Speech by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at “Empowering Municipal Councils: A Fresh Start for Local Democracy” forum
Dec 12, 2017
We see decentralisation – successful decentralization, I should underline – as crucial to the well-being of citizens, since most of what contributes to “quality of life” starts at the municipal level. For us, both development and democracy have their roots in the local community. This is where citizens receive vital public services. This is where citizens interact directly with institutions.
Opening Speech by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the Human Rights Day 2017
Dec 11, 2017
The enormous progress that has been achieved through progressive enactment of human rights principles, as laid out in the Universal Declaration, is being increasingly forgotten or willfully ignored … The universality of rights is being contested across much of the world.
Opening remarks by United Nations Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at International Anti-Corruption Day: “Corruption: an Imminent Threat to Human Rights”
Dec 11, 2017
Corruption is also a pernicious thief of economic development. The rule is simple: the more corrupt your society, the poorer your people. Globally 1 trillion dollars are paid in bribes each year, while an estimated 2.6 trillion dollars are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equal to more than 5 per cent of global GDP.
Opening speech by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the National Mayors’ Forum: Getting Decentralization Right
Nov 30, 2017
We wanted to provide a forum for a frank dialogue between local and central authorities, so you can hear firsthand from the Government about new policies and funding commitments, and you in turn can voice your concerns and requests directly to central-level policy and decision makers.