Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the Public Hearing in Parliament “Gender equality: Trends and challenges”Jul 19, 2016Gender equality, as I think everyone here is aware, has top priority for the United Nations (UN) globally. It is at the heart of the new 2030 agenda that was adopted at the UN last year by all the member states and it is one – number 5 – of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It is also at the top of the agenda for the UN family here in the country.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Presentation of Certificates to New Participants of the Employment ProgrammeJul 18, 2016Over these nine years, our program has helped more than 7,700 people to create their own small companies, and we expect at least another 920 candidates to “graduate” this year. For UNDP, it is especially important that this program opens doors for groups that face especially high barriers in entering the private sector. One positive result in this respect is that one-third of all the businesses created so far are owned by women and another one-third by young people under the age of 29.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNFPA Representative Louisa Vinton at the panel debate “Investing in teenage girls”Jul 8, 2016Teenage girls are less likely than teenage boys to start or finish secondary school. Half of all sexual assaults worldwide are committed against girls aged 15 or younger. In developing countries, one in three girls is married before she reaches 18. And, far too often, teenage girls are becoming mothers when they are still children themselves, with often-horrifying long-term consequences for health and well-being.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Climate Challenge Weekend CampJun 24, 2016To fight climate change, every individual has a role to play, and there is no time to lose. The policy commitments made in Paris need to be translated into real-world impact through fresh ideas and grassroots engagement that will help make our world safer, greener and cleaner.
Opening speech by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the opening of the MultiKulti Youth Center in KumanovoMay 29, 2016One of UNDP's shared priorities is creating better opportunities for young people, whether in providing paths to education or employment, or in enriching the range of social activities available.
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.