Opening remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton at the Launch of Launch of “My Municipality” in Tetovo

13 May 2014

Dear Madame Mayor,
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends

It’s a real pleasure to be back in Tetovo today.

The last time I was here, in December, I had the honor to launch a web-based “integrity system” designed to open a window for Tetovo citizens to look into municipal activities that had in the past often gone on beyond closed doors.

Today Tetovo is again a pioneer, and I am proud to be here for the launch of another innovation aimed at giving citizens a direct say in the issues that affect them most.

“Moja opstina” is an online tool that is inspired by “My world,” an online survey that the United Nations has been conducting so that world leaders will have a better sense of what ordinary citizens really want in the years to come.

So far, more than 2 million people from 194 nations have voted, including 900 people so far from here. The UN is campaigning now to reach a goal of at least 3,000 participants from the country by the end of June.

“Moja opstina” puts the same idea to work at the local level, giving Tetovo citizens a chance to vote for the issues they want municipal authorities to treat as most important.

This initiative reflects UNDP’s broader commitment to helping local authorities improve people’s lives. But we know this can’t be done in isolation: it’s crucial to listen to what people want and engage them in devising solutions.

We will be keeping a close eye on the new webpage, both as an example for other municipalities and as a source of project ideas that UNDP can help implement in Tetovo.

So please have your say – both on “Moja opstina” and the UN’s “My world” – and know that your voice matters.

Thank you for your attention.