Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNFPA Resident Representative Louisa Vinton on World Population DayJul 3, 2015This year’s theme for World Population Day is “Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies.” It is hard to imagine a more topical theme for 2015, as Europe and this country face an unprecedented flow of refugees seeking shelter, security, and the chance of a better future for them and their children.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at Presentation of Certificates to New Participants of ‘Promoting Sustainable Employment’Jul 1, 2015Our program has helped more than 6,700 people to create their own businesses, and we expect to see another 900 candidates “graduate” successfully this year. Roughly one-third of these new businesses are owned by women, and one-third by young people under 29, so we are confident that the private sector offers prospects even for groups that face especially high rates of unemployment.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Climate Change Briefing for MediaJun 25, 2015Media are key partners in our efforts to fight climate change. People everywhere need to understand that climate change is real; that its impact is devastating; and that action now is truly vital to stave off disaster.
Introductory remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton, at the 10th Anniversary of the GEF Small Grants ProgrammeJun 4, 2015Since 2005, the program has supported 99 projects with a total value of 4.3 million dollars. Behind these impressive numbers are real-world results that show what can be achieved with energy, creativity and modest funding.
Opening remarks by Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Assistant-Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for Europe and the CIS at the Regional Conference on Employment and Social Inclusion in South East Europe and Turkey 'Creating Jobs for Equity and Prosperity'Apr 16, 2015Having a job can be an escape route from poverty, whereas lacking one is often a direct route to a life of multiple deprivations. Jobs are not just about money. Work is a source of income, for sure, but also, crucially, a source of dignity. That is why employment is at the heart of the human development agenda.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Regional Worksop on Monitoring and Evaluation for Roma InclusionApr 14, 2015The simple truth is that without setting realistic targets and making regular, credible measurements, it is just not possible to demonstrate progress in our work. No matter how much money we invest, no matter how creative our programming … we have no way prove our impact.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the Conference “Status of gender equality in the country” on the Occasion of International Women’s DayMar 9, 2015Improving the country’s track record is vital not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it is the smart thing. Study after study shows a direct correlation between gender equality and GDP growth, improved economic competitiveness and higher levels of well-being. The United Nations agencies in the country remain fully committed to this cause. Gender equality is one of the five key priorities we have set for our work over the next five years. We look forward to supporting the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and other partners in helping to end violence against women, overcome discrimination, dismantle barriers to employment and political leadership, and introduce a gender perspective into policy-making and budget-setting.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the “Empower Women, Empower Humanity” National conference Marking 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Mar 6, 2015UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was pioneering in recognizing that women’s participation was necessary to achieve genuine peace and security, but over the past two decades only 9% of the negotiators participating in peace talks were women. And, while more countries have enacted laws to protect women from violence, sexual violence and gender-based violence continues to plague every continent and every country. In Europe, one in three women will fall victim in her lifetime, and prevalence rates soar to even more horrific levels during war and conflict.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at ‘Decentralisation and Local Development in the Perspective of Future EU Membership’ ConferenceDec 18, 2014This is an ideal time for reflection and stock-taking of the progress made in 2014 and the tasks still ahead in achieving our shared goals of creating efficient and responsive institutions at the municipal and regional level.
Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at First Reading of Draft Law on Domestic Violence, National Parliament, Skopje Aug 27, 2014For the United Nations, fighting domestic violence and all forms of violence against women is a global top priority, and we are proud to have been working together with both the Government and civil society here for many years to support the adoption of effective policies and practices.