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.
18 November 2013
Between November 14 and 15, social inclusion/social economy specialists from Bucharest attended an experience exchange organized in Costești and Curtea de Argeș (Argeș county) by UNDP Romania within the Social Economy Model for Romania project.
Facilitating the experience exchange between social economy entities and citizens interested in this field, partnership building, promoting social economy and presenting succes stories of social enterprises were among the objectives of the event which was attended by nine specialists, many of them being directly interested in launching a social enterprise and to develop at a local level social economy initiatives for the integration/reintegration of disadvantaged groups.
The specialists had the opportunity to visit Asociația Hercules, a social inclusion NGO dealing with school drop-out, child abandonement, teenage deliquency, domestic violence, social exclusion of disadvantaged groups and elder people and HAND-ROM which is a NGO that deals with the social integration of people with disabilities. Hand-Rom’s mission is to initiate projects and programmes through which a disabeled person can influence his/her future and build his/her own life. The NGO has its own representative on behalf of the civil society in the Economic and Social Council of Romania, the health and disability sector.
15 November 2013
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Romanian National Forest Administration Romsilva organized in Sinaia, between 13 and 15 November 2013, the Regional Workshop on Sustainable Financing of Carpathian Protected Areas. The regional workshop was held under the project “Improving the Financial Sustainability of the Carpathian System of Protected Areas”, financed by GEF and implemented by UNDP and the Romanian National Forest Administration Romsilva, in partnership with WWF.
The event was attended by more than 50 representatives of protected areas sector in Carpathian countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine), national experts and international consultants. The workshop was opened by Mrs. Anne Juganaru, State Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Mr. Florian Popa, Deputy General Director of Romsilva, and Mrs. Monica Moldovan, Head of Programme Unit of UNDP Romania. The event has benefited from the input of UNDP national and international experts.
The discussions revolved around Payment for Ecosystem Services mechanisms and case studies which aimed at providing evidence of how a sustainable management of the Carpathian protected areas supports productivity in key economic sectors such as tourism, forestry and agriculture.
The meeting has presented and tested the regional eLearning platform on sustainable financing of protected areas, developed within the UNDP-GEF Project, which will serve the entire Carpathian Network of Protected Areas. The feedback provided by the participants, after testing the four training modules, will be encompassed in the online platform, in order to support building the sustainable financial future for the protected areas at the regional level.
The three-day regional workshop was designed to create a forum for debate on potential solutions for improving the financial sustainability of the Carpathian protected areas, by presenting business plans, business opportunities and financial mechanisms. Additionally, the workshop aimed at establishing a Carpathian learning community for sharing experiences and knowledge among the protected areas custodians in the region.
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