To promote equitable and sustainable development, and to support the country’s integration into the European Union, the United Nations has initiated a strategy for North Macedonia for 2016-2020, entitled the ‘Partnership for Sustainable Development’. More and better jobs, more responsive governance, better lives for vulnerable people, gender equality and a cleaner, greener, more resilient environment are the UN’s five strategic priorities. The strategy was developed in partnership with groups at national level, and works to support a wide range of national sector strategies and action plans. Internationally, it serves to align UN activities in the country with the Sustainable Development Goals and with European Union accession criteria. The Government endorsed the UN strategy on 26 October 2016.

PRIORITIES FOR 2017-2020


1

Employment

2

Good governance

3

Social inclusion

4

Environmental sustainability

5

Gender equality

6

Refugees and migrants

Employment


CHALLENGE

Although employment has dropped from its astronomical peak of 37.3% in 2005, it still remains a problem for the country, averaging at 26.1% more than four times the global average of 5.9%.

OUTCOME

By 2020, decent and sustainable employment in a competitive and job-rich economy should be increasingly available for men and women.

SOLUTIONS

Working towards the goal of making decent work accessible to all, creating new jobs and reducing unemployment is the government’s top priority. The UN assists the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Ministry of Education in designing and implementing measures to increase the participation of underrepresented groups, helping those who lack the qualifications and skills essential for their employability. Our goal is to promote growth that is rich in jobs, equitable, and inclusive, meaning that gender, ethnicity, disability status, age, or place of residence should not be impediments to productive employment.

PROJECT FUNDINGS

26.3 million USD