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10 January 2014

New solutions to energy challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, says UNDP report

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launches the third volume of Empowering Lives, Building Resilience, a report compiling sustainable energy success stories from UNDP’s work in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. These stories demonstrate how sound policies, capacities and financing lead to lasting change.

“For countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, energy challenges often include the inefficient use of energy, frequent power cuts, high energy costs, lack of reliable and affordable heating in winter, and the slow uptake of renewable energy,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

The report explains how UNDP uses grants for public and private financing, while scaling up investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy. UNDP is supporting countries to promote energy access, expand renewable energy use and improve energy efficiency.

“UNDP’s work results in significant improvements in the lives of people and societies with far-reaching impacts on economic development, poverty reduction, health, education and the environment,” said the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Cihan Sultanoglu.

The report can be downloaded by accesing this link

 
09 December 2013

Social economy fair at the UN House in Bucharest

More than 15 representative from nine social inclusion organizations attended on Thursday, December 5th, the social economy fair organized by UNDP Romania on the occasion of Saint Nicholas Day. UN employees, partners and collaborators enjoyed the displayed products which were produced by the beneficiaries of the nine NGOs. Roma ethnics, people with disabilities, young people who leave the child protection system, minimum wage beneficiaries, pensioners or unemployed people are among the beneficiaries.

Fresh rye bread, gingerbread, marzipan cake, bandanas, jewelry, leather products, eco bags, candles, baby clothes, cards and Christmas decorations, were on display at the fair and which found buyers very quickly.

I bought many products at the fair, especially holidays gifts for friends and family. The products are high quality and useful, and by buying them I also helped the organizations that work with vulnerable groups. The fair was an opportunity for these organizations to promote their social economy activity and present the programs they run, said after the event, Alina Bocai from UNDP Romania.

The nine organizations that attended the social economy fair are Asociația Carusel, Asociația pentru Promovarea Economiei Sociale, Asociația Tonal, Asociația Viitor Plus, Federația CARP-Omenia, Fundația HANDROM, Organizația Umanitară Concordia, Mesteshukar ButiQ and representatives of the „Educație pentru toți. Cu tine” project.

 
03 December 2013

UNDP Romania and the Ministry of Labor organized a work meeting regarding the capacity development of the social economy field in Romania

UNDP Romania and the Ministry of Labor organized on November 29, a work meeting at the UN House in Bucharest. The main topic was the analysis of the national context from a legal, institutional, social and financial point of view in accordance with the strategic capacity development of the social economy field.

The work meeting presided by Mr. Codrin Scutaru, secretary of state at the Ministry of Labor and Mrs. Monica Moldovan, Head of Programme at UNDP Romania, gathered representatives from the public and private sector of social economy and was organized on the occasion of the launch of a recommendation report by UNDP Romania with respect to the sustainable development of social economy in Romania. The event was attended by more than 20 key officials, among them Mr. Horia Ion Irimia, secretary of state at the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, but also other representatives of the Romanian Government from the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of European Funds, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior Affairs and Ministry of Education.  Present at the event were also university professors from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and national representatives from the social economy field, such as the National Union for Crafts Cooperation (UCECOM), the National Credit Union of Employees (UNCARS), the National Credit Federation of Pensioners (CARP Omenia).

Romania is faced with a high percentage of population which is affected by a risk of poverty and social exclusion. In this context, social economy can be a solution to tackle these issues in a direct and efficient manner. Besides, social economy supports the Millenium Development Goals proposed by the UN through the contribution of social economy to Objective 1, the Eradication of Extreme Poverty and Hunger, declared at the meeting Mrs. Monica Moldovan, Head of Programme at UNDP Romania.  

At the current moment what we need the most is concrete outcomes in the field of social economy. One of these outcomes is the social economy bill that is on the agenda of the Ministry of Labor and which he hope to pass in the first half of 2014. From my point of view any delay in adopting this bill will only reduce the chances for a real impact intervention at the level of vulnerable groups. For example, for the Roma minority there could be important changes in a relative short period of time, 1 to 2 years, if the bill is passed, declared Mr. Codrin Scutaru, secretary of state at the Ministry of Labor.

 
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The United Nations Development Programme in Romania

The UNDP Romania Country Office has been phased out at the end of December 2012, upon the completion of our Executive Board-approved Country Programme Document for Romania (2010-2012).  In this context, UNDP’s international representation in the form of a Resident Representative function has ceased as of 31 December, 2012.

As of 1 January 2013, UNDP’s presence in Romania will be constituted as Project Management Office (PMO), and will be headed by a National Head of Office.  The PMO is expected to be in place until June 2015 having its main responsibility to oversee the implementation of the residual projects portfolio.

 

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