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.





Good governance


Social inclusion


Environmental sustainability


Gender equality


Refugees and migrants

Refugees and migrants


Over the course of 2015, an estimated 750,000 refugees and migrants transited across North Macedonia, seeking safety and a better life in northern EU member states. Beginning with a small number of migrants in the summer, it grew quickly to become a stream of 5000-7000 persons per day, with a single-day peak of 11,000 in mid-October 2015.


Over the course of the program period, refugees and migrants should receive protection and humanitarian aid, in full respect of their human rights; host communities should receive adequate assistance to build the resilience they need to deliver public services; and by 2020 robust asylum and migration management systems should be fully functional.


Although the irregular entry of refugees and migrants stopped in March 2016, UN agencies still continue to provide multifaceted support to institutions, civil society organizations and, as needed, directly to refugees and migrants in transit centres and asylum-seeker facilities. Organisations have engaged large numbers of specialist staff and additional resources to help meet a variety of basic humanitarian needs:  helping to design, build, equip and staff transit centres,  providing essential protection to people on the move, enhancing healthcare available to refugees and migrants, and providing food, drinking water, winterized shelter and psychosocial support in child-friendly spaces. They have also ensured that the Macedonian migration system is more sensitive to human rights, helping to provide tailored assistance to the most vulnerable individuals.


Projected funding for this outcome amounts to around 5.5 million US dollars. Delivering fully on commitments towards refugees and migrants: