SUPPORTING ECONOMIC INTEGRATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN MONTENEGRO WITH A FOCUS ON UNDERDEVELOPED NORTH
This joint programme is aimed at improving current socio-economic situation of youth in Montenegro, with particular emphasis on vulnerable youth in the North of the country. The main objective of the joint programme is the economic empowerment and integration of youth into the Montenegrin society and supporting youth become active citizens who participate in decision-making processes. The focus will be on secondary school graduates and young people who have recently graduated from secondary schools, given that this particular demographic group makes the largest number of unemployed in the North of the country.
UN ECO SHARED PREMISES
The UN Shared Eco Premises is conceptualised using efficient, ecological technology and a modern design that would equally satisfy the Montenegro Government's commitment to the Ecological State and provide the appropriate joint roof for UN family in Montenegro. The project is a result of a joint collaboration between the Government of Montenegro, Government of Austria, Municipality of the Capital City Podgorica and the United Nations team in the country. The common premises will enable the UN agencies in Montenegro (IOM, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO and UN consultants) to more effectively channel and coordinate its programmatic activities in the country and assist the Government of Montenegro in achieving its national priorities regarding EU integration process as well as Millennium Development Goals.
GOOD HEALTH SYSTEM GOVERNANCE FOR EQUITABLE EFFECTIVE AND QUALITY HEALTH CARE IN MONTENEGRO
Under the UN integrated programme ”Delivering as One” in Montenegro, the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Montenegro and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Montenegro launched a joint project “Good Health System Governance for Equitable, Effective and Quality Health Care in Montenegro”. The project received UN Country Fund allocations to address a strategic priority for Montenegro, namely the reform of the secondary and tertiary health care systems, in order to rationalize costs, enhance effectiveness and increase transparency. Given the respective comparative advantages of UNDP and WHO respectively, this is an ideal project for joint programming, drawing on WHO’s technical expertise in the health care sector as well as UNDP’s experience in anti-corruption and public administration reform.
UNCT AND NATIONAL RESPONSE TO HIV/AIDS
Under the UN integrated programme ”Delivering as One” in Montenegro, the United Nations Theme Group on HIV/AIDS launched a joint project “Strengthening the national response to HIV/AIDS epidemic in Montenegro, through reinforcing implementation of the PHC reform organizational model as a key prerequisite to efficient and sustainable HIV/AIDS service delivery”. The project is financially supported through the Programme Acceleration Fund (PAF) of Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Full access to treatment, prevention of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, mother-to-child transmission and prevention of risky behaviour through promotion of healthy life style are some of the key priorities and programmatic areas of the crucial national strategic documents. This intervention will contribute the most to securing access to delivery of quality, equitable and efficient HIV/AIDS services at the PHC level to the target groups with focus on vulnerable ones.
IMPROVING THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT THROUGH GREEN JOBS AND INSTITUTION BUILDING
Even though Montenegro has recorded a continual economic growth since its independence, this development remains uneven. The country’s northern region, a home to 11 out of 21 municipalities, scores double the unemployment and poverty rates than the south. This is contrasted with the abundance of natural resources located in the north, positioning the region where the poorest of the poor in Montenegro live to champion the growth of green business in nature-based tourism, agriculture, and wood processing. In order to reduce this gap and increase employment, ensure sustainability and even spread of economic opportunities, and reduce poverty, this program, in line with the Government of Montenegro’s strategy on Small and Medium Businesses, will strengthen the enabling environment for the growth of SMEs, workforce and product development and match supply and demand through increasing distribution networks.