Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative on the Occasion of the International Week of the DeafSep 28, 2015We find that the biggest challenge people with disabilities face is in exercising their right to work. That is why the United Nations Development Programme has teamed up with the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy to try to make it easier for deaf people and other persons with disabilities to find rewarding jobs and run their own businesses. You’ll hear more about this later in the program.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the opening of the Prespa Apple Harvest festivalSep 26, 2015The work that the Municipality of Resen has been doing in partnership with UNDP over the last decade has pioneered an approach which embodies the principles upon which the Global Goals are based.Together we have found ways to protect nature while ensuring that farming families also thrive.
Opening remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton “The Role of the UN in Improving Gender Equality beyond 2015” ConferenceSep 23, 2015It’s true that equal rights were also a feature of the Millennium Development Goals that have provided a development framework for the world over the past 15 years. But we have to admit that this goal was a rather half-hearted one, and its targets were set with caution and restraint. Not so the SDGs. The new SDG number 5 is breath-taking in its ambition. We are no longer talking about incremental progress for some people in some countries on some issues; instead, we are talking about achieving – achieving, not merely legislating – full equality for all women and all girls.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP/UNFPA Resident Representative Louisa Vinton on the occasion of International Youth Day Aug 12, 2015With the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs next month at the General Assembly in New York, we see a real possibility to change diametrically the direction the world is headed. This means, among other things, finding the ways and means to eliminate poverty by 2030; neutralizing the threats posed by climate change; and making gender equality a reality in every country of the world. But to change the world’s trajectory so dramatically, we depend on the energy and creativity of young people like yourselves.
Opening remarks by UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Alessandro Fracassetti at the launch of the 'Self-Employment for People with Disabilities' projectJul 16, 2015Over the past eight years, the Self-Employment Programme has helped more than 6,700 people to create their own businesses. We expect to see another 900 candidates graduate successfully this year. UNDP’s experience from around the world has shown that self-employment can stimulate creative and entrepreneurial skills among people with disabilities and foster better quality jobs. • We are very hopeful, therefore, that we can achieve our project target by the end of next year of enabling 120 unemployed people with disabilities to start their own businesses and fulfil their dreams.
Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton at the ‘Strengthening capacities of women political leaders’Jul 10, 2015As our Secretary-General says, “the world will never realize 100 percent of its goals if 50 percent of its people cannot realize their full potential. When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all.” This is an issue of top priority for the UN, and you can count on all our advice and support
Remarks on the new global development framework by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton Session of the Parliamentary Equal Opportunities CommissionJul 8, 2015How did we do on the MDGs? Many targets were met, including halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty, subsisting on less than 1 dollar and 25 cents per day. The targets on improving access to clean drinking water, reducing malaria and tuberculosis and achieving gender equality in primary education have also been met. But progress has been less encouraging in some areas crucial to gender equality, including maternal and infant mortality. In fact, material mortality is the MDG where the fewest gains have been made since 2000.
Welcome remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the “Big Data for Development” Joint workshop for UNDP offices in Arab States and Europe/Central AsiaJul 6, 2015With every passing day, the world generates incalculable amounts of new data, whether from social media, credit cards, mobile phones, or other technologies. What matters to us, of course, is not the sheer volume of data, but rather what can we do with it, and, crucially, how we can harness “big data” to address crucial development challenges.
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.