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  • 28 Mar 2014
    Albanian delegation learns how Croatia met EU standards in rule of law

    A high-level Albanian delegation led by Deputy Minister of Justice Idlir Peci visited Zagreb on 27-28 March 2014 to learn about Croatia’s experience in meeting the requirements for European Union membership in the area of the rule of law. The main focus of this two-day visit was on Chapter 23 of the EU acquis communautaire, covering the Judiciary and Fundamental Rights. The delegation included two other participants, the Director of the Department for EU Integration in the Ministry of Justice, Tetis Lubonja, and the Director of the School of Magistrates, Marjana Semini.

  • 13 Mar 2014
    Croatia’s rural communities look to EU funds to improve infrastructure

    Funds from the European Union (EU) can be tapped to build new water supply systems, wastewater treatment plants and other infrastructure in rural communities in Croatia. This was the key message of a workshop organized in Karlovac on 13 March 2014 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds.

  • 08 Mar 2014
    Equality for women is progress for all!

    This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth. No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality. As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and as discussion on the next global development agenda intensifies, there is strong momentum for achieving development with equity, including by eradicating gender inequality and empowering women and girls.

  • 07 Mar 2014
    EU-funded tourism projects seen as growth engine for Croatia’s less developed areas

    The potential for tourism to serve as engine for employment and growth in Croatia’s less developed areas was at the heart of discussions that took place today during a workshop held to stimulate interest in the use of European Union (EU) funds in Lika-Senj, Karlovac and Sisak-Moslavina Counties.

  • 14 Feb 2014
    One Billion Rising puts focus on violence against women

    Activists in Croatia once again joined enthusiastically in the annual dance protest One Billion Rising, which was organized globally on 14 February 2014 by the V-Day movement led by playwright Eve Ensler to fight violence against women. The motto of this year’s dance gatherings was Rise for Justice, with an emphasis on the lack of institutional support to fight violence against women. In all, this year’s campaign inspired thousands events in 200 countries.

  • 14 Feb 2014
    Roma communities find employment through cooperatives

    The first cooperative established under the project, in the Roma settlements of Kuršanec and Sitnice, is organized around organic and biodynamic farming. So far, some 30 long-term unemployed Roma from Međimurje County have received training that they will apply in the collection and cultivation of medicinal plants and the production of vegetables and fruits following exclusively biodynamic principles.

  • 12 Feb 2014
    UNDP helps Roma in Međimurje County apply for EU funding

    Improving the living conditions of Roma communities is a priority for the European Union (EU), yet Roma organizations in Croatia have traditionally fared poorly in competing for EU funds. Now the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is hoping to change this by providing direct training and coaching to Roma non-governmental organizations on formulating and applying for projects.

  • 10 Feb 2014
    World Radio Day emphasizes the importance of women's voices

    World Radio Day recognizes the unique role and impact of a medium that reaches the largest audience worldwide.

  • 06 Feb 2014
    Cooperatives build momentum behind renewable energy in Croatia

    Energy cooperatives are an ideal tool not only to promote the use of renewable energy, but also to bring communities together around a more sustainable approach to jobs and growth.

  • 04 Feb 2014
    New Atlas of Roma settlements provides data for better policies

    Croatia’s Međimurje County received a valuable tool for formulating better policies to ensure equal opportunities for its sizable Roma population, in the form of a new atlas containing detailed social and economic data on all 12 Roma settlements in the county. Prepared by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding from the Open Society Foundations, the Međimurje County Atlas of Roma Settlements was formally presented in the Scheier Building in Čakovec on 4 February 2014.

  • 29 Jan 2014
    Humanity remains deeply unequal despite impressive progress, says UNDP report

    The richest one percent of the world population owns about 40 percent of the world’s assets, while the bottom half owns no more than one percent. The report Humanity Divided: Confronting Inequality in Developing Countries shows that if left unchecked, inequality can undermine the very foundations of development and social and domestic peace.

  • 28 Jan 2014
    Marta, Gattuso and Vieri among the nine new players joining the 11th annual Match Against Poverty

    Marta Vieira da Silva, Genaro Gattuso Christian Vieri, and Phillip Cocu are among the players that have recently confirmed they will join Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane at the 11th Annual Match Against Poverty. Proceeds from the Match will support recovery efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record.

  • 22 Jan 2014
    Croatian disaster authorities recognize UNDP´s support

    The need to prepare for the threats posed by climate change was the focus of attention at an event held at the headquarters of the National Protection and Rescue Directorate (DUZS) on 22 January 2014 to mark the closure of a disaster risk reduction project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 14 Jan 2014
    EU funds promise better future for Croatia’s less-developed areas

    The Karlovac workshop is one of a series that UNDP is implementing in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds as part of the project: “Preparing the ground for EU funds: Creating a pipeline of project ideas for Croatia’s less developed areas.“ The three workshops held so far, in Karlovac, Sisak and Gospić, have gathered more than one hundred participants from a range of sectors who are interested in promoting the use of EU funds in their areas.

  • 13 Jan 2014
    Benefit concert supports solar power at Kaštela school

    As a part of a campaign to build a solar power plant for the Ostrog elementary school in Kaštel Lukšić, the Kaštela Energy Cooperative and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are organizing a “Solar Concert” to take place on 17 January 2014 at the sports centre in Kaštel Stari starting at 20.00.

  • 16 Dec 2013
    The future of rural parts depends on the quality usage of EU funds

    In the County Chamber of Commerce in Sisak a half-day informative workshop was held on „Structural and investment EU funds as mechanisms for the integral development of Croatian municipalities, cities and counties.“ Workshop participants from the civil, public and private sectors have been informed of financial measures and options from EU funds in the period between 2014 and 2020. Workshops are designed as one of the initial steps of including and connecting all three sectors in the process of developing project ideas which are important for Sisak-Moslavina County.

  • 13 Dec 2013
    Living Life without Violence campaign wins EU prize

    Croatia's Living Life without Violence campaign on 13 December 2013 won the European Crime Prevention Award for best primary prevention project in the European Union in 2013. The award was presented in Vilnius, Lithuania, and the Croatian project was chosen as the best among 18 entries

  • 13 Dec 2013
    Protected Dinaride area – potential for the development of the mountain tourism

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Croatia presented its findings of the field visit to the Dinaride mountain chain within the project „Walking the Via Dinarica“ which passed through Croatia from 28 September - 10 October. During the walk, the mountaneering team visited Plitvice Lakes, and the mountains of Biokovo, Mosor, Promina, Dinara, Velebit, Kapela, Risnjak and Snježnik. The goal of the project is to promote the development of tourism potential and contribute to the rural development of the Dinarides, one of the most beautiful parts of the mountainous nature Croatia can offer to adventurous and other visitors.

  • 09 Dec 2013
    People with disabilities seek equal opportunities, not charity

    The fifth anniversary of the Ombudsman Institution for People with Disabilities was celebrated with a roundtable discussion held in Zagreb on the "Protection, monitoring and promotion of the rights and interests of people with disabilities." This event, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Croatia also marked the International Day of People with Disabilities, celebrated on 3 December, and the International Human Rights Day, 10 December.

  • 09 Dec 2013
    Development experts share success stories in sustainable energy

    Representatives from regional UNDP Country Offices along with their national partners shared experiences and success stories regarding sustainable energy solutions and low emission development strategies in the SEE region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo) and Turkey.