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Young Kosovans share their priorities via Facebook
Of the estimated 1.8 million inhabitants of Kosovo, approximately half are under the age of 25, and the majority of government ministers are under 40.
After South Sudan, Kosovo is the youngest country in the world, and it is therefore no misnomer that Kosovans are now referred to as the “young Europeans.” Even Kosovo's president, Atifete Jahjaga, was just 36 years old when elected to office in 2011.
This immense youth population matters: this demographic will make up tomorrow’s voters, labour force, business and civil society leaders, and ministers.
And soon, young Kosovans will reap the benefits—or consequences—of the work initiated today to prepare Kosovo to listen when its young population assumes the responsibility of making its voice heard.
In depth: Click on each photo to see what staff from the Moldovan public sector have to say about programme based budgeting
The Slovak Ministry of Finance recently hosted staff working in Moldovan ministries and public institutions to share their experience with programme based budgeting.
The representatives from Moldova are supporting their central government with program based budgeting, which, according to Natalia Caraus, from the Ministry of Finance, includes comparing budget proposals with national plans and programmes, monitoring their progress, and conducting budget consultations with line ministries.
Moldova has already started implementing programme based budgeting - first in the Ministries of Education, Finance, Healthcare, and Social Protection, with plans to apply it throughout the whole state budget.
Ivan Kalyta’s pension allows him to buy his medication and basic food (like milk, bread and potatoes), and pay his utility bill.
Two years ago he decided to sell two plots of his land to raise money to repair his house.
He started trying to register his land in 2010, but wasn’t able to get the necessary documentation – simply because the administrative fees for obtaining different documents were too high.
Mr. Kalyta would have had to pay more than $500 in various administrative fees, which he didn’t have. He also didn’t know what documents were necessary or where to get legal assistance.
Albania has made significant progress with electoral reforms
Albanians will go to the polls on 23 June to elect their 2013-2017 legislature. The elections, and the electoral reforms that preceded them, are of significant importance for the country’s democratization and prospects for European Union (EU) integration (pdf).
Nonetheless, political intransigence threatens to undo this progress. A volley of retaliatory actions was sparked when a member of the ruling coalition made a pre-election pact with opposition parties.
Grade nine student Annayeva Ashirgul and her 320 classmates now go to school full time.
Before their new school was built in the village of Belek in December 2012, students would go to school in shifts. The old school could not accommodate all the children at the same time, and was in need of major repairs.
"Classes in the second shift affected the quality of Ashirgul’s learning and organization of her educational process as a whole," says Ashirgul’s mother, Annayeva Bayramgul.
"As any other child, she wanted to have rest from school in the evening, enjoy the company of friends and family, and morning time was never enough for doing school homework."
Democratic Governance » Decentralization, local governance and urban/rural development
Do you want to change the world? If you are from Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro and Ukraine, and have an idea for promoting human rights and justice, share it by 20 May.
For the last four years, countries around the globe have been reviewing each other’s human rights records. This process is known as the universal periodic review, which started in 2008.
It is the only global human rights mechanism based on peer review and full national ownership.
During the Review, countries are invited to ask questions, seek clarifications, praise or criticize human rights policies of the country under review, and make recommendations to improve their human rights situation. Governments then follow up on agreed upon recommendations.
UNDP is working with national partners in the region as they follow up on recommendations made by other countries to improve human rights in their respective countries.
Analysts on "Media Monitor" discussing the media in the run up to elections
TBILISI, Georgia – 19 September – Every Monday, a talk show called "Media Monitor" airs on Georgian public television. The show shares information collected during media monitoring, and invites civil society and media experts to analyse the findings.
CHISINAU, Moldova - 22 May, 2012 - For the first time in his life, 76 year-old Mihai Druta does not have to carry water 1.5 kilometres to his house. He now has his own water supply in his home, a sewer system, and garbage is collected regularly in his neighbourhood.
“It's a change that makes our life easier,” said Mihai Druta. “The price is reasonable and the service is good."
Four years ago, public services were a luxury for most residents of Telenesti, a town of 9,000 people, whose water supply and sewer systems had not been repaired in 20 years.
In response, the local government teamed up with community members to prioritize the most pressing development needs and come up with projects to address them.
PODGORICA, Montenegro – 9 January, 2012 – In an effort to provide equal access to justice for all, Montenegro opened its first legal aid office.
"Opening of the first legal aid office is important in the overall judicial system, because it provides equal access to justice for all, regardless of financial or social status," said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Duško Marković.
by Kori Udovički
24 October, 2011 - Presidential elections will be held on 30 October in the Kyrgyz Republic—a poor, landlocked country in post-Soviet Central Asia. This vote will be Central Asia’s first presidential election in which the incumbent faithfully respected a fundamentally democratic constitution.
KYIV, Ukraine – 10 October, 2011 – Civil society organizations have been working closely with local authorities in Ukraine to make sure that people with disabilities can exercise their rights to education, transport, infrastructure, public health, social support and employment.
BELGRADE, Serbia – 11 July, 2011 – Meet photographer Djordje Jovic, who takes us on a photo tour of a nursing home for adults with disabilities in Serbia. See: slideshow
All photos and captions by Djordje Jovic, technical support Jelena Vukovic, Serbia, 2011
MOJKOVAC, Montenegro – 31 January 2011 – After two decades in the toxic shadow of a closed lead and zinc mine, a small town in northern Montenegro is seeding a greener future as it cleans up an industrial dump and restores its pristine natural surroundings. Watch: video See: photos from Mojkovac
Democratic Governance, Energy & Environment » Decentralization, local governance and urban/rural development, Effective water governance
NARYN, Kyrgyzstan – 17 January 2011 – Communities helped improve local health and education services in the villages of Kuybishev, Uchkun and Kazybek in Naryn Province. See: Photos from new kindergarten, heated health centre, power station, and the work it took to build them
Democratic Governance, MDG and Poverty Reduction » Decentralization, local governance and urban/rural development, Local poverty initiatives, including microfinance
SKOPJE, FYR Macedonia – 11 January, 2011– Zlatko Acevski is a 23-year old electrical engineer from Petrovec, a rural municipality on the outskirts of Skopje. When he decided to start his own business, he attended a training session on entrepreneurship, organized jointly by the municipalities of Petrovec and Zelenikovo, and was able to access essential information on how to apply for funds.
Capacity Development, Democratic Governance, MDG and Poverty Reduction » Decentralization, local governance and urban/rural development
TBILISI, Georgia - 3 January, 2011 - "I spent a year in jail, falsely accused because I could not afford a lawyer. If it hadn't been for free legal aid, I guess I would still be in jail, even though I did not commit the crime I was accused of," said Kakha Kisishvili. See: Photos from refugee centres and legal aid offices Watch: Kakha Kisihvili's story on CNN Tell us: what you think
13 декабря 2010 - Управление границами превратилось в значимое направление внешней помощи, оказываемой Европейским cоюзом, а также важную область сотрудничества между государствами-членами ЕС, Европейской комиссией и ООН, особенно при реализации проектов в странах бывшего Советского Союза (БСС). Финансирование поступает из бюджетных линий ЕС, посвященных внедрению региональных политических стратегий, таких как Европейская программа соседства и Центрально-Азиатская стратегия. Управление границами также стало одним из главных направлений межстрановых программ ООН в этом регионе.
Philip Peirce Русский/Russian
13 December 2010 - Border management has become a significant line of external assistance for the European Union, and for cooperation between member states, the European Commission, and the UN, particularly in the former Soviet Union (FSU). The funding comes from European Commission budget lines devoted to implementation of regional political strategies,such as the European Neighbourhood Programme and the Central Asia Strategy
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 10 December 2010 – "Human rights are the foundation of freedom, peace, development and justice – and the heart of the work of the United Nations around the world," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his statement on Human Rights Day 2010. Learn: About human rights in Europe and CIS Watch: video on human rights defenders Share: What did you do for Human Rights Day?
Democratic Governance, Gender » Justice and human rights, Public administration reform and anti-corruption, e-Governance and Access to Information