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Today, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia the fourth annual meeting was held of the Joint Steering Committee of national institutions and the United Nations on the UN Development Cooperation Framework dedicated to the Partnership for Sustainable Development. This document covers the collective contribution of the UN system to the realisation of national development priorities.

The meeting of the Board, co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov and UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of North Macedonia, Rossana Dudziak, discussed the progress achieved in implementing the Partnership for Sustainable Development: UN Strategy 2016-2020, the results of the work of the UN agencies in 2019 as well as the 2020 priority plans across five areas: employment, good governance, social inclusion, sustainable environment and gender equality.

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FM Dimitrov welcomed the UN's continued engagement in North Macedonia and stressed that it aims to strengthen the country's capacity in key sectors and to promote the reform agenda needed to meet EU accession requirements, stressing that our EU agenda is complementary to that of the UN.

FM Dimitrov: “These five priority areas are closely aligned with our national priorities. I am pleased that the UN team in our country has established close cooperation with the relevant ministries and has supported the Government in some of its key priority areas, making a relevant and important contribution to the development of North Macedonia.

I welcome the joint efforts to initiate preparations for the new UN Development Cooperation Framework with North Macedonia for 2021-2025 and I would like to underline that reforms in the field of good governance, fight against corruption, the judicial reforms as well as the strengthening of social cohesion should be at the heart of North Macedonia's priorities. UN’s permanent engagement in North Macedonia is necessary to strengthen the country's capacity in key sectors and to promote a reform agenda to meet EU accession requirements.”

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Minister Dimitrov announced the intention of our country to present the Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the next High-Level Political Forum to be held in New York in July 2020: “The Voluntary National Review in its form and content will follow the progress made in implementing the 2030 Agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both nationally and internationally”, FM Dimitrov said.

The meeting also reviewed and adopted the conclusions and recommendations of the final evaluation of the Partnership for Sustainable Development: UN Strategy 2016-2020. The board members also discussed how to best utilize and direct the support received by the Republic of North Macedonia from the UN system and the UN team in the country so as to realise our development priorities, while noting the link between these activities and the EU integration process and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The new UN Development Cooperation Framework with the Republic of North Macedonia for 2021-2025 was also discussed.