Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and TransphobiaMay 17, 2016May 17th is being celebrated this year in more than 130 countries, so we can see that the movement for LGBTI rights is gaining strength and uniting millions of people in the recognition that “human rights are for everyone, no matter who you are or whom you love.”
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Consultations with CSOs on the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan 2016-2018May 11, 2016The principles of open government go hand in hand with the idea of sustainable development. One of the 17 new Global Goals – Goal 16, which aims “to build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” – is explicitly aligned with the open government agenda. But in fact progress towards every Goal depends on transparent institutions that are open and accountable to their citizens, on active participation by citizens, and on the rule of law.
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the Conference of the National Network to End Violence against Women and Domestic Violence “Prevention and protection from violence of women migrants”Apr 13, 2016Over the past year, as some 900,000 refugees and migrants have made their way across the country, the UN has wrestled with the specific challenges faced by women and girls. As you well know, the uncertain conditions of migration heighten all the risks that women face under “normal” circumstances, and the more “irregular” the routes they are forced to follow, the greater their risk of experiencing gender-based violence.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Third Partners Day of the Vardar Planning RegionApr 5, 2016This is the idea that has driven our shared efforts over the past two-and-a-half years: to ensure that our communities embrace persons with disabilities as equals; support young people in finding employment; and promote better economic opportunities for rural and remote areas. Our efforts have been fully in line with the guiding idea of the Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted by all the world’s countries last September, namely, to “leave no one behind.”
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the Conference on “EU Advocacy: Women’s rights in the accession processes”Mar 10, 2016Both the UN and the EU are long-term advocates of equal rights and equal opportunities. Just as “equal rights for men and women” was a cornerstone of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, so gender equality, particularly in employment, has been at the core of the EU’s policy framework from its first founding document, the Treaty of Rome, in 1957.
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at “Financing for Gender Equality and the 2030 Agenda” ConferenceMar 8, 2016On behalf of UN Women and the entire UN family, let me thank you all for joining us here today and sharing our resolve to achieve the equality reflected in our slogan: “Planet 50:50 by 2030.”
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at „The Role of Women in the Peace Process“ Conference, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SkopjeMar 7, 2016The UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on “Women, Peace and Security” reflected a ground-breaking, if long overdue, recognition that resolving conflict is not genuinely possible if the voice of half the population is not heeded and the needs of half the population are routinely ignored in negotiations and peace agreements.
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the Third Donor Meeting on MigrationFeb 22, 2016Let me start by saluting the massive effort the country has undertaken to organize an efficient and humane transit mechanism for the estimated 900,000 refugees and migrants who crossed the country last year, and the overwhelmingly majority of whom were fleeing conflict in Syria. We thank the country and its people for the generosity and hospitality they have shown so far. The contribution by the UN agencies has been considerable: taken together, we contributed more than USD 5 million to the refugee and migrant response alone in the second half of 2015.
Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Security Upgrade of the Ministry of Interior’s Orman Storage Depot Official HandoverJan 15, 2016Preventing the proliferation of illicit firearms is a priority for both the United Nations and the European Union, as part of a shared commitment to promoting peace and human security. A legacy of armed conflict, large inherited weapons stockpiles, and strong traditions of individual gun ownership make South East Europe a region of particular risk and concern.
Opening Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at Regional Conference Migration on the Balkan Route: Donor Coordination and Humanitarian ChallengesDec 18, 2015The UN agencies in the country have already devoted sizable human and financial resources to support the national response to the crisis, whether through assistance in building and managing transit centers at the borders; in supplying border police with equipment for registration; in creating child-friendly spaces for families to have a place to rest for a moment; in providing “dignity kits” and mobile gynecological clinics for women and girls; or in helping host municipalities to deliver vital public services such as water and waste management.