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.
Remarks to the media by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the “Building Back Better” EU Flood Recovery Project Signing CeremonyDec 11, 2015Our aim is not simply to restore the infrastructure that was there before the floods, but rather to rebuild damaged roads, bridges, dams and embankments in a way that will make them more resilient and help to prevent future disasters. Put simply, our job here is to ‘build back better.’ We thank the European Union and the Government for their trust in UNDP as a partner, and we look forward to delivering results that will restore normal transport links and make people safer.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at “Political Parties and Violence against Women” ConferenceDec 10, 2015Today also marks the conclusion of our campaign marking the “16 Days of Activism” that began on 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We link these two occasions together because we need to make clear to the world that women and girls have an inalienable and inherent human right to live free from violence and abuse.
Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at Third Coordination Meeting “Achievements of the Regional Development Centers”Dec 10, 2015As you know, UNDP has been working for more than a decade with the Ministry and municipal and regional partners to improve public services and build more responsive and transparent institutions. A lot of this work has been at the policy level, and we’re pleased that the new decentralization strategy and action plan for the period 2015 to 2020, which we helped the Ministry to prepare, was singled out in the latest European Commission progress report as a positive step forward.
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP and UNFPA Resident Representative Louisa Vinton At the Promotion of the State of World Population Report 2015 “Shelter from the Storm”Dec 3, 2015As Governments and the humanitarian community race to put up tents and hand out food and water, all too often the rights and interests of women and girls are ignored or given mere lip service. Yet the new report shows that sexual and reproductive health care, such as safe delivery services, can be a matter of life and death for millions of women struggling to survive conflicts and disasters.
Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the “Violence against women with disabilities: Challenges and perspectives” ConferenceDec 2, 2015As Governments and the humanitarian community race to put up tents and hand out food and water, all too often the rights and interests of women and girls are ignored or given mere lip service. Yet the new report shows that sexual and reproductive health care, such as safe delivery services, can be a matter of life and death for millions of women struggling to survive conflicts and disasters.
Opening speech by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the “Let’s Make Gender Equality a Reality: A Focus on the Labor Market and the Trade Unions” DebateNov 29, 2015• As our Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, “the world will never realize 100 percent of its goals if 50 percent of its people cannot realize their full potential.” Indeed, “as women thrive, so will we all.”
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.