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.
Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the signing ceremony for the Pena River check dam reconstruction
Aug 30, 2016
Our message, however, is that we are not powerless. On the contrary. True, it may be that such extreme weather events are our new reality. That what used to hit us every hundred years can now be expected every 50 years, or even more frequently. But even dramatically worsening weather conditions do not make disaster inevitable.
Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at Donor coordination meeting for Skopje/Tetovo floods response
Aug 10, 2016
Looking ahead beyond the humanitarian crisis, the UN is also deeply committed to help the country understand the causes of the disaster, to “build back better” what has been destroyed, to recover lost livelihoods and, perhaps most importantly, to prevent future disasters.
Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the Public Hearing in Parliament “Gender equality: Trends and challenges”
Jul 19, 2016
Gender equality, as I think everyone here is aware, has top priority for the United Nations (UN) globally. It is at the heart of the new 2030 agenda that was adopted at the UN last year by all the member states and it is one – number 5 – of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It is also at the top of the agenda for the UN family here in the country.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Presentation of Certificates to New Participants of the Employment Programme
Jul 18, 2016
Over these nine years, our program has helped more than 7,700 people to create their own small companies, and we expect at least another 920 candidates to “graduate” this year. For UNDP, it is especially important that this program opens doors for groups that face especially high barriers in entering the private sector. One positive result in this respect is that one-third of all the businesses created so far are owned by women and another one-third by young people under the age of 29.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNFPA Representative Louisa Vinton at the panel debate “Investing in teenage girls”
Jul 8, 2016
Teenage girls are less likely than teenage boys to start or finish secondary school. Half of all sexual assaults worldwide are committed against girls aged 15 or younger. In developing countries, one in three girls is married before she reaches 18. And, far too often, teenage girls are becoming mothers when they are still children themselves, with often-horrifying long-term consequences for health and well-being.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Climate Challenge Weekend Camp
Jun 24, 2016
To fight climate change, every individual has a role to play, and there is no time to lose. The policy commitments made in Paris need to be translated into real-world impact through fresh ideas and grassroots engagement that will help make our world safer, greener and cleaner.
Opening speech by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the opening of the MultiKulti Youth Center in Kumanovo
May 29, 2016
One of UNDP's shared priorities is creating better opportunities for young people, whether in providing paths to education or employment, or in enriching the range of social activities available.