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Mayors from Moldova evaluated two projects carried out by UNDP

11:40 | 28.11.2022 Category: Regional

Chisinau, Nov. 28 /MOLDPRES/- More than 50 mayors and representatives of local authorities participated on November 25-27 in a meeting organized by the EU - United Nations Development Program (UNDP) initiative - Mayors for economic growth facility and the Switzerland - UNDP Migration and Local Development project.

The event brought together all the mayors participating in the two projects carried out by UNDP to share experience and achievements, as well as to draw conclusions towards the end of the year and learn lessons. "In these difficult times, UNDP further supports the promotion and involvement of communities in the Republic of Moldova to promote the sustainable development agenda at the local level and to increase resilience. The Mayors for Economic Growth facility has introduced new tools and practices to address the current and future challenges of municipalities in the Eastern Partnership countries, and Switzerland-UNDP cooperation will continue with a new project focusing on a more resilient and inclusive local economic development of three micro-regions and 15 communities," said Dima Al-Khatib, UNDP Resident Representative in Chisinau.

"Regional economic development is one of the main priorities of the European Union. The creation of local jobs and the generation of economic opportunities in the regions of the Republic of Moldova are the key to raising the standard of living of citizens. Under the EU-funded initiative, local public authorities have the opportunity to create their own adapted solutions, which helps them to respond to development challenges, including the energy crisis and the flow of refugees," said Magdalena Mueller- Uri, representative of the EU Delegation to Moldova.

Currently, there are more than two hundred indigenous associations and initiative groups throughout the country. More than half of these were established without the involvement of Switzerland and UNDP, which is a clear indicator of the popularity of this model of local democracy. "Switzerland will continue to support citizens, including migrants, to get involved in governance processes and contribute to the development of their communities," said Martin Roach, head of department of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Chisinau.

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