UNDP in Macedonia
About UNDP in the Republic of North Macedonia
As the country looks towards the European Union, UNDP supports the government to build an inclusive society—where everyone has access to services and can participate in making decisions that affect their lives. Our support involves developing human and institutional capacities, providing knowledge, demonstrating solutions, building partnerships, and raising funds for development.
What do we want to accomplish?
Good Governance - Delivering Better Services to All
Our goal is to strengthen institutions and develop the skills of public administrators to design policies and deliver better services for all. We promote citizen participation in decision making to increase responsiveness and accountability.
Social Inclusion - Empowering the Most Vulnerable People in Society
Our goal is to support national efforts that improve the social and economic standing of individuals and groups at risk of exclusion. We develop national capacities to expand employment opportunities and access to services for all.
Energy and Environment - Ensuring Sustainable Development
Our goal is to help decision makers to incorporate action against pollution, biodiversity loss, energy dependence and climate change into the work of their institutions. Investing today promotes people’s health, food security, and quality of life but could also deliver financial benefits in the future.
What are our results?
In recent years, for example, UNDP has provided substantial assistance to municipalities throughout the country to help them meet the challenges of decentralization, achieving significant results through increased cooperation amongst municipalities. As part of its commitment to good democratic governance, UNDP has also provided significant support for officials from central and local government to improve aid effectiveness, to combat corruption and increase inter-ethnic dialogue and cooperation.
UNDP has concentrated its greatest efforts in recent years on supporting the Government’s commitment to reducing unemployment as an essential step in increasing social inclusion. Much of UNDP’s support for social inclusion has been focused on developing measures to promote self-employment, helping train the long-term unemployed and other vulnerable groups—such as members of the Roma community, women living in rural areas, and victims of domestic violence—to start up their own sustainable businesses.
In the area of energy and environment, UNDP is providing expert assistance to policy-makers in transposing UN conventions on environmental issues and EU environmental directives into the national legal framework. Specifically, this has involved helping the government to implement the three major UN conventions on Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Desertification adopted at the Rio Earth Summit of 1992, together with the provisions of the EU Water Framework and the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.