UN Development Coordinator interview at “Slobodno Srpski”
The United Nations Development Coordinator in Kosovo Ms. Ulrika Richardson, was the guest of the 355th edition of “Slobdno Srpski” show. In an interview with Budimir Nićić, she said that the UN’s overall objective is to contribute to strengthening sustainable and inclusive development in Kosovo.
“Currently, we have 15 agencies working with programs and projects in Kosovo, and now we are preparing our new five-year strategy. We predict that, more or less, all UN agencies active today will have a role to play in Kosovo over the next five years, ”said Richardson. She explained that there are several organizations in the UN family that are quite large, such as UNDP, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, UNHCR, UNFPA, IOM. In addition, there are organizations that are not physically present in Kosovo but have a role and activities such as the International Labor Organization.
“It’s hard to say what the most important project is. All our programs are in fact aimed at promoting and enhancing inclusive development in Kosovo. So if we are talking, e.g. on programs that focus on gender equality, which is a very important aspect, we have some very important work, such as working with the Gender Agency. We are helping to create a new law on gender-based violence, which we were also able to support in the Criminal Code, and now gender-based violence is a crime, not a misdemeanor. This is a big engagement we have in Kosovo. There are other engagements, for example, an employment program, where we work locally with employment agency and also with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare to try to ensure that the supply of jobs actually meets the demand of people seeking work. This means we are working on the skills of young people in particular, so they become able to find employment. We are also looking to help minorities.” said Richardson. UNHCR and IOM – International Organization for Migration are working to find durable solutions for returnees, she added.
“I visited some of the collective centers, where you see people living in what was thought of as temporary accommodation, but it turned out to be accommodation that has been around for almost 20 years, so we do a lot of work with returning people. We also work with those looking to find, social housing. So I would say that they are absolutely not forgotten in our engagements and I would even say that refugees and returnees are also concern, not only for UNHCR and IOM programs. They represent the groups of people who are most vulnerable, they are the target group and many other engagements of UN agencies and our partners”, said Richardson in the show “Slobodno Srpski”- transmitted on 29 September 2019.
Ms. Ulrika Richardson, is UN Development Coordinator, coordinating the work of United Nations Kosovo Team. She was a permanent representative of the United Nations Development Program. Prior to that, she was the Resident Coordinator in Cape Verde, a group of volcanic islands in the mid-Atlantic. Since 2004, she has worked for United Nations agencies in Gabon, Turkey and Cuba.