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  • 22 Jan 2014
    Croatian disaster authorities recognize UNDP´s support

    The need to prepare for the threats posed by climate change was the focus of attention at an event held at the headquarters of the National Protection and Rescue Directorate (DUZS) on 22 January 2014 to mark the closure of a disaster risk reduction project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 14 Jan 2014
    EU funds promise better future for Croatia’s less-developed areas

    The Karlovac workshop is one of a series that UNDP is implementing in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds as part of the project: “Preparing the ground for EU funds: Creating a pipeline of project ideas for Croatia’s less developed areas.“ The three workshops held so far, in Karlovac, Sisak and Gospić, have gathered more than one hundred participants from a range of sectors who are interested in promoting the use of EU funds in their areas.

  • 13 Jan 2014
    Benefit concert supports solar power at Kaštela school

    As a part of a campaign to build a solar power plant for the Ostrog elementary school in Kaštel Lukšić, the Kaštela Energy Cooperative and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are organizing a “Solar Concert” to take place on 17 January 2014 at the sports centre in Kaštel Stari starting at 20.00.

  • 16 Dec 2013
    The future of rural parts depends on the quality usage of EU funds

    In the County Chamber of Commerce in Sisak a half-day informative workshop was held on „Structural and investment EU funds as mechanisms for the integral development of Croatian municipalities, cities and counties.“ Workshop participants from the civil, public and private sectors have been informed of financial measures and options from EU funds in the period between 2014 and 2020. Workshops are designed as one of the initial steps of including and connecting all three sectors in the process of developing project ideas which are important for Sisak-Moslavina County.

  • 13 Dec 2013
    Living Life without Violence campaign wins EU prize

    Croatia's Living Life without Violence campaign on 13 December 2013 won the European Crime Prevention Award for best primary prevention project in the European Union in 2013. The award was presented in Vilnius, Lithuania, and the Croatian project was chosen as the best among 18 entries

  • 13 Dec 2013
    Protected Dinaride area – potential for the development of the mountain tourism

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Croatia presented its findings of the field visit to the Dinaride mountain chain within the project „Walking the Via Dinarica“ which passed through Croatia from 28 September - 10 October. During the walk, the mountaneering team visited Plitvice Lakes, and the mountains of Biokovo, Mosor, Promina, Dinara, Velebit, Kapela, Risnjak and Snježnik. The goal of the project is to promote the development of tourism potential and contribute to the rural development of the Dinarides, one of the most beautiful parts of the mountainous nature Croatia can offer to adventurous and other visitors.

  • 09 Dec 2013
    Development experts share success stories in sustainable energy

    Representatives from regional UNDP Country Offices along with their national partners shared experiences and success stories regarding sustainable energy solutions and low emission development strategies in the SEE region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo) and Turkey.

  • 09 Dec 2013
    People with disabilities seek equal opportunities, not charity

    The fifth anniversary of the Ombudsman Institution for People with Disabilities was celebrated with a roundtable discussion held in Zagreb on the "Protection, monitoring and promotion of the rights and interests of people with disabilities." This event, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Croatia also marked the International Day of People with Disabilities, celebrated on 3 December, and the International Human Rights Day, 10 December.

  • 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.