Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the International Conference “Challenges and perspectives in regional and local development” Decentralization and EU accessionNov 26, 2015We see this gathering as a unique opportunity to discuss what has been achieved and what remains to be done to build robust governance institutions at the local level, and we congratulate the Ministry of Local Self-Government for its initiative to organize a conference of this type. At UNDP, we are big believers in the benefits of peers sharing experience with peers, and we expect this event also to lay the foundations for a regional network of mutual advice and support. UNDP has always been a keen supporter of local development and decentralization, not just here but across the region and indeed around the globe.
Opening remarks of UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at “#OrangeYourWorld” Student Debate on Violence against Women, Faculty of Law, SkopjeNov 26, 2015For the United Nations, fighting all forms of violence against women is a top priority. As our Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon often says, violence against women is at once the most widespread and the least acknowledged human rights abuse in the world.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton, at the Launch of the UN Secretary General’s “16 Days” Campaign to Eliminate Violence against Women Stone Bridge, SkopjeNov 25, 2015Along with the Stone Bridge here in Skopje, dozens of other national monuments will be lit up in orange tonight, from European Commission headquarters in Brussels to Niagara Falls in New York, to spotlight our global resolve to end all violence against women and girls. Violence against women is at once the world’s most widespread and the least acknowledged human rights violation. This is why fighting it is a top priority for the United Nations.
Acceptance Speech by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Ceremonial Session of the City Council of Kumanovo – Award of Honorary CitizenshipNov 11, 2015At the UN we have been proud to see Kumanovo emerge as a beacon of inter-ethnic solidarity, confounding the many observers who were expecting a completely different narrative of conflict. We have also appreciated the generous and continuous welcome shown to refugees and migrants. Through these crises, as in the past, UNDP has done its best to be a friend in difficult times.
Speech of UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at Regional NGO Conference Protection and Support to Women Victims of Gender-Based ViolenceNov 11, 2015For the United Nations, as I hope you know, fighting domestic violence and all forms of violence against women is a top priority. As our Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon often says, violence against women is at once the most widespread and the least acknowledged human rights abuse in the world.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the National Public Debate on the Draft Text of the New National Youth Strategy (2016-2025)Nov 10, 2015The strategy that has been presented for your consideration is the fruit of a consultation process that we think is unprecedented in its broad scope, openness and participatory nature.
Opening speech by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Ministerial Conference “Towards the Climate Summit in Paris”Nov 6, 2015This conference provides an opportunity to build regional momentum for the decisive global negotiations in Paris, which we hope will yield a “decisive and irreversible turning point.” For the United Nations globally, climate change is a priority, and not just because the UN by reason of its universal reach and mandate is the convener of the world’s climate negotiations.
Speech by the UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton on UN Day 2015: “Our Better Selves“, Daut Pasin Amam, SkopjeOct 30, 2015The United Nations represents our better selves, whether as individuals or nations: the people, and the countries, that, deep down, we know we should become. Particularly in times of adversity, “UN values“ serve as a touchstone. The principles of human rights, dignity, equality and tolerance provide a beacon for orientation in even the most protracted crisis.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Awards Ceremony for Best Small Businesses from Self-Employment Program “Idea. Solution. Success”Oct 15, 2015Our experience over eight years has shown not only that individual entrepreneurship is a powerful weapon in the fight against unemployment, but also that self-employment can serve as a lifeline for social groups that face almost insurmountable hurdles in competing on the formal labor market.
Opening Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Fifth International Review Conference of Romani Women “Advancing Despite Everything”Oct 6, 2015Across the Western Balkans region, UNDP is working with Roma men and women, with Roma organizations and with relevant national institutions to find practical solutions to promote inclusion.