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

Good governance


CHALLENGE

Although North Macedonia has been assessed as fulfilling  the EU’s political criteria for membership, the European Commission's progress reports indicate that reform is still needed. These include reform in media freedom, judicial independence and the de-politicisation of state institutions, as well as promotion of inter-ethnic cohesion.

OUTCOME

It is estimated that by 2020, national and local institutions should be better able to design and deliver high-quality services for all users, in a transparent, cost effective, non-discriminatory and gender sensitive manner.

SOLUTIONS

In order to boost transparency and accountability, the UN works with the Government and civil society to promote openness and service orientation. We support institutions in enabling citizens to learn about policies that affect them, their rights and the complaint mechanisms available to them.  Through improving access to information, we hope to empower vulnerable groups and increase public participation in policy making.

PROJECT FUNDINGS

16.4 million USD.