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.
Speech by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the launch of the “Reducing flood risks in the Polog region” project
Nov 27, 2017
The complex package of measures we are preparing to implement together with national partners and local communities includes both “hard” infrastructure and “soft” measures, such as policy reforms, zoning enforcement and professional training in line with the relevant EU directives.
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
Nov 24, 2017
As our UN Secretary-General says, “Violence against women is fundamentally about power. It will only end when gender equality and the full empowerment of women is a reality.” This approach puts big responsibilities on the shoulders of state institutions. But it also tasks every individual – men and women alike – with the duty to help prevent violence.
Welcome Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the marking of the International Tolerance Day
Nov 16, 2017
Tolerance is a core value for the UN. It’s at the heart of our Charter, and it’s the guiding principle behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states memorably in Article 1 that: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
Speech by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton on United Nations Day 2017
Oct 27, 2017
Each of the 17 SDGs is worthy of attention in and of itself. But, taken together, the spirit of the SDGs is captured in a single phrase: “to leave no one behind.” This is the principle that guides everything that we in the UN family do in this country. We are delighted to see the same resolve embodied in the Government’s reform program, with its strong commitment to restore rule of law; put public institutions at the service of citizens; create new and better jobs; provide hope and opportunities for young people; reinforce gender equality and end violence against women; extend a helping hand to vulnerable and marginalized groups; ensure that people with disabilities enjoy their rights; and tackle air pollution and other threats to the environment. These priorities are absolutely identical to those identified in the Partnership for Sustainable Development, the UN strategy for this country that was signed in these premises on UN Day a year ago.
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the first national conference on femicide
Oct 26, 2017
For the United Nations, femicide is a gross violation of the fundamental human rights that the organization was created to defend. It is also an abuse targeted by the Sustainable Development Goals, which under Goal #5 commit to eliminate all forms of discrimination, and all forms of violence, against women and girls.
Remarks to the media by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Signing of new Active Labour Market Measures under the Revised Operational Plan for Employment
Sep 14, 2017
Creating jobs has been a core of UNDP’s work in the country for more than a decade, and we are pleased now to be able to build on these foundations to provide a wide range of new and expanded measures aimed at helping young people and other groups of concern – persons with disabilities and members of the Roma community – develop skills, find employment and start their own businesses.