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.
Speech by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the project launch
Aug 3, 2017
The Istanbul Convention – or to use its full, official name, the “Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence” – is a vehicle of international law that can transport us light years ahead in the fight to eliminate violence against women.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the launch of the project “Improving Municipal Governance”
Jul 27, 2017
The driving idea behind the Sustainable Development Goals is “to leave no one behind,” so at UNDP we are delighted to have this new opportunity to address decentralization challenges.
Statement for the media by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the launch of the Skopje Lab
Jul 6, 2017
The Lab is meant to create a space for an open dialogue between the City’s civil servants, on the one hand, and the broader public, on the other, to find solutions that can satisfy citizens’ needs and preferences while at the same time respecting the City’s budgetary limitations.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Launch of the Regional Programme on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans
Jun 16, 2017
This program is design to help municipalities work together with civil society organizations to address social inclusion challenges. By “social inclusion” we mean finding ways to support people who are often pushed to the margins of society – the poor, the homeless, persons with disabilities, the Roma minority – and more broadly improving the living conditions for all people in their communities.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Conference “Unpaid care work, gender inequality and the promise of the care economy”
Jun 14, 2017
In recent years economists have devoted increasing attention to the reality behind the rhyme, namely that women on average work more than men, and that the lion’s share of their labor, devoted to caring for younger and older generations, goes completely unpaid. This burden of unpaid care work keeps many women out of the labor market and generates deep and persistent inequalities in wages, income and wealth between men and women.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the workshop “Improving Services for Persons with Disabilities”
Jun 12, 2017
The United Nations system is built upon a large number of treaties, conventions and other agreements, and sometimes we are rightly accused of being a bureaucratic institution. However, it’s important to remember that, in essence, everything we do derives from our original founding document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which begins with the simple proclamation that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”