Speech by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton, Signature by Political Parties of a Declaration in Support of Ratification the Istanbul Convention
Nov 25, 2016
At the UN, we are delighted to see the specific focus in the Declaration – and in so many other events organized during this year’s “16 Days” – on securing ratification of the Istanbul Convention in 2017. The Istanbul Convention is the world’s best legal framework for fighting violence against women, building on the already sound foundations of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign
Nov 25, 2016
We appeal to each and every person, and especially to our male friends and colleagues: if you know that violence is happening – and someone almost always does – then don’t stand aside. Take action. Do something. Say something. Break the silence.
Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Handover of the technical documentation for infrastructure projects for development of rural tourism in four municipalities
Nov 18, 2016
The technical documentation that we are handing over today to the municipalities is part of a broader UNDP commitment to support the economic development of rural communities. • We have worked closely with the four municipalities to focus on key strategic investments –new roads to local natural attractions in Chashka, Debrca and Lipkovo, for example; or 35 kilometers of new hiking trails in Bogovinje – that will help to unlock the abundant potential for tourism that we see in the beautiful natural settings that each community enjoys.
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the First Consultative Workshop on the SDG Alignment Process
Nov 10, 2016
This means that SDGs are not some alien agenda imported from outside, but rather a global commitment that enjoys the legitimacy of endorsement by every single country in the world.This commitment obliges all of us – every person in this room, and indeed every person on the planet – to embark on what’s been called a “great collective journey.”
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Regional Open Government Partnership Forum “Five Years of OGP: Delivering for EU Integration, for Sustainable Development and the People”
Nov 2, 2016
UNDP has long been an advocate of the principles of transparency, accountability and citizen participation that are the foundations of “open government” and more broadly of democracy. Here in the country we’re pleased to have been an active supporter of, and participant in, the Open Government Partnership from the very beginning, and we remain committed to the process.
Opening Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the Signing of the “Partnership for Sustainable Development: UN Strategy for 2016-2020”
Oct 31, 2016
The document that we are proud to be signing today embodies this idea in five key priorities: First, creating more and better jobs, especially for hard-to-employ groups; Second, strengthening governance institutions to perform in a transparent, equitable, accountable and efficient fashion; Third, addressing inequality and overcoming social exclusion, particularly for Roma, persons with disabilities and children; Fourth, delivering fully on gender equality commitments, with an emphasis on fighting discrimination and all forms of violence against women and girls; and Fifth, protecting the environment, fighting climate change and building resilience to disasters.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the B2B meetings of companies from Izmir and Pelagonija regions
Oct 26, 2016
UNDP is delighted to support the forging of business contacts between Pelagonija and Izmir, so let me give a very warm welcome to our guests from the 27 Turkish companies present here today.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at “Empowering Municipal Councils” Project Launch
Oct 13, 2016
For UNDP, this project represents the continuation of a long-standing engagement in support of decentralization and the creation of strong local and regional institutions. It draws inspiration from the fundamentally democratic notion that the state and its institutions must be accountable to the citizens, and not the other way around.
Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Presentation of Graduation Certificates for the Vocational Training at Kumanovo Prison
Oct 6, 2016
You are pioneers, since this was the first time in this country that vocational training has ever been organized in a prison or correctional facility. We at UNDP are very proud that we have organized these courses together with our partners in the Ministry of Education and Science and the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton on the International Day for Universal Access to Information & the Tenth Anniversary of the Commission for Protection of the Right to Free Access to Public Information
Sep 28, 2016
Unhindered access to public information is a basic human right and a cornerstone of democracy. It has its roots in the founding documents of the United Nations, and it is enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as central to the fundamental right to freedom of opinion and expression.