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  • 02 Dec 2013
    Croatian primary school seeks energy independence through crowdfunding

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Kaštela Energy Cooperative are starting a crowd-funding campaign through which they will collect donations to make Primary School Ostrog from Kaštel Lukšić - known for its botanical garden, one of the most beautiful school gardens in Croatia - an energy independent school. The School is also co-founder of the Kaštela Energy Cooperative.

  • 02 Dec 2013
    Youth and minorities join forces in fighting discrimination in Croatia

    The role that young people can play in fighting discrimination against minorities was the focus of a discussion organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the Croatian Debate Society at the Europe House in Zagreb on 2 December 2013. The event brought together a delegation of Roma young people from Međimurje County with young activists representing other groups that face discrimination, including lesbians and gays.

  • 29 Nov 2013
    'Knowledge wins' is Croatia’s slogan for World AIDS Day

    To mark World AIDS Day on 1 December 2013, the United Nations, the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute in Croatia launched a national campaign to encourage people to seek testing for HIV/AIDS. Confidential HIV testing is available free of charge in Croatia in ten county public health centres. Organized under the slogan “Knowledge wins,” the media campaign was also part of the first European HIV testing week on 22-29 November 2013.

  • 25 Nov 2013
    Croatian women activists urge prompt ratification of Istanbul Convention

    Meeting in the Parliament on 25 November, Croatian activists for gender equality marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by issuing an appeal for the immediate ratification of the Istanbul Convention. Croatia is one of the 32 signatories to the Convention, which was adopted by the Council of Europe in 2011 to combat rape and other violence against women, but the country has yet to ratify, citing the challenge of aligning national law with Convention requirements. Eight countries have so far ratified, most recently Serbia, and just two more are needed for it to enter into force.

  • 22 Nov 2013
    Europe to unite for the first European HIV testing week to increase awareness of the benefits of HIV testing

    Today HIV in Europe announces the launch of the European HIV testing week. It is the first time that Europe has united for a testing week and more than 400 organisations and institutions across Europe have signed up to host activities that will increase awareness of the benefits of HIV testing. The theme is ‘Talk HIV. Test HIV.’, and the goal is to reduce late HIV diagnosis.

  • 21 Nov 2013
    Violence against women is not acceptable and can be prevented

    Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for renewed efforts to end violence against women.

  • 09 Nov 2013
    UNDP report on rural development: Making the most of EU membership for Croatia’s rural areas

    As part of a long-standing commitment to promote the development of rural, remote and war-affected areas in Croatia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has prepared a new policy paper entitled Fertile Ground for Development: Making the Most of EU Membership for Croatia’s Rural Areas. This concise report analyses the reasons for Croatia’s limited progress in addressing rural challenges and provides recommendations on ways that EU funding might be used to improve living conditions and employment prospects in Croatia’s rural communities.

  • 07 Nov 2013
    Region's ombudsmen see human rights gains in EU accession

    Ombudspersons from Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo[1], the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia gathered in Zagreb on 7-8 November 2013 to share the experience of national human rights institutions in two processes: European Union (EU) accession and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Human Rights, which the United Nations introduced in 2008 as a mechanism to monitor the conditions of human rights in member states every four years.

  • 31 Oct 2013
    Croatian police officials advise Serbian counterparts on EU accession

    A high-level delegation from Serbia’s Ministry of Interior visited Zagreb on 30-31 October 2013 to learn about Croatia’s experience in meeting the requirements for European Union (EU) membership in the area of the rule of law. The focus of discussion was on Chapter 24 of the EU acquis communautaire, which covers the issues of Justice, Freedom and Security. The workshop, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Croatian Ministry of Interior and the Centre of Excellence of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, was designed to share the lessons learned in Croatia’s eight-year EU accession process. It is part of a broader UNDP programme aimed at sharing Croatia’s EU accession experience with other countries in the region.

  • 24 Oct 2013
    UN staff in Croatia mark UN Day with community service

    The United Nations agencies in Croatia devoted this year’s UN Day on 24 October to community service at a school in Zagreb not far from their offices. Some 60 UN employees dismantled an old metal shed, planted an organic garden and built a compost pile, mowed grass, raked leaves, and added to the graffiti decorations on the walls at the Dobriša Cesarić Elementary School in Zagreb.

  • 17 Oct 2013
    Energy independent islands with zero carbon emission

    What are some of the ways Croatian islands can turn towards sustainable energy resources? How can citizens become actively engagedin cooperatives? Howcan the capital reserved for conserving nature be included into the development of a local economy? All these questions are being addressed during the three-day conference 100% Renewable Energy Island—the Importance of Including Citizens through Energy Cooperatives, which is held on Krk island from October 17-19. The conference was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in cooperation with the German Foundation Heinrich Böll, the Croatian company Ponikve d.o.o and Energy Cooperative Otok Krk, and supported by the European Project RESCOOP 20-20-20.

  • 15 Oct 2013
    People with disabilities discuss accessibility with civil servants

    People with disabilities, local governments, and local government engineers and experts from the Split-Dalmatia and the Dubrovnik-Neretva counties participated in a discussion regarding the necessary adjustments of existing and future buildings to ensure accessibility to people with disabilities.

  • 10 Oct 2013
    Varaždin County recognizes UNDP and Energy Efficiency project

    During the 7th annual Lifelong Learning Week*, in the Varaždin County palace, UNDP’s project “Encouraging Energy Efficiency in Croatia” was awarded a certificate of appreciation from Varaždin County. The award was received by the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Louisa Vinton, as well as the Project Coordinator for Energy Efficiency, Mladen Antolić. During the occasion 96 participants in the energy consultants’ course also received their diplomas.

  • 05 Oct 2013
    'Walking the Via Dinarica' expedition climbes on top of Dinara and reaches Paklenica

    "Walking the Via Dinarica," began in August in Albania and continued over high mountain ranges of the Dinarides, crossed half of the planned route through Croatia, and today continues its journey from National Park Paklenica. Because the expedition is part of a regional project which aims to promote rural development of the Dinarides, it is jointly led by the Adventure Tourism Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ATA BiH), the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The expedition's implementing partner in Croatia is the Mountain Guide Station Zagreb.

  • 02 Oct 2013
    Spot the odd one out - the arms collection campaign continues under a new visual identity

    The goal of this campaign is to inform the public about the dangers of land mines, explosives, and other weapons which are present in their environment, and to encourage people to voluntarily surrender weapons still in their possession. In order to warn the children and educate them on the subject, older kindergarten groups of Siget Kindergarten have been exposed to the issue through a comic book called “Spot the odd one out”.

  • 28 Sep 2013
    Expedition "Walking the Via Dinarica" began its journey through Croatia

    The successful three-month long expedition led by the famous alpinist Kenan Muftić and photographer Elma Okić, "Walking the Via Dinarica," began in August in Albania and continued over high mountain ranges of the Dinarides, arriving today at Plitvice Lakes National Park, thus beginning it's journey through Croatia. Because the expedition is part of a regional project which aims to promote rural development of the Dinarides, it is jointly led by the Adventure Tourism Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ATA BiH),the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina,Croatia and Montenegro, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

  • 23 Sep 2013
    Haitian officers join international training for UN police peacekeepers in Croatia

    Representatives from UNDP, the US Embassy in Zagreb, and the Croatian Ministry of Interior gathered in Valbandon on 23 September 2013 to open the annual United Nations Police Officer Course (UNPOC) in Croatia. UNPOC is a two-week training course designed to prepare police officers from around the world for UN peacekeeping missions. 2013 marks the eighth time the course has been held in Croatia, and the fourth time UNDP has helped to support the training. Since its founding, UNPOC Croatia has trained 140 officers from Israel, Iraq, Malawi, Norway, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Uganda, Yemen, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This year’s 24 participants add to the growing list of global partners in the program, hailing from the Croatia, the Czech Republic, Haiti, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.

  • 23 Sep 2013
    Croatian public sector makes millions in cost savings due to implementation of EE projects

    Gallery Klović (Klovićevi Dvori) was host to today’s closing ceremony of the project Encouraging Energy Efficiency in Croatia (EE Project), which was present during the past eight years in state, regional and local authorities This occasion observed a ceremonial transfer of the project activities in the public sector, in accordance with the agreement between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, the Agency for Transactions and Mediation in Immovable Properties, as well as the Fund for Protection of the Environment and Energy Efficiency.

  • 21 Sep 2013
    Zadar county opens its first original Farmers' Market

    The new farmers’ market is a HRK 210,500 joint initiative of Zadar County and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The aim is to offer customers direct access to quality seasonal produce from Zadar County, while giving local farmers an opportunity to expand their sales by marketing their products directly to both local residents and tourists.

  • 17 Sep 2013
    Fighting the prejudice that the woman is to blame for violence against her

    National Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 22 September, was commemorated at the round table discussion organised by the Office of President of Republic of Croatia, United Nations Development Programme and Autonomus Women's House Zagreb. Civil society representatives and relevant Government ministries joined together to explore ways in which the legal framework might be improved to ensure that women enjoy equality and security in daily practice, and not just in theory.