The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy signed an agreement to address security issues posed by cybercrime, and advance access to justice and rule of law for citizens.

These two new initiatives build on UNDP’s existing, successful, work on safety and security, as well as rule of law. Working with the Kosovo Police, the combating cybercrime component will focus on institutional and individual capacity development to ensure timely responses to this modern threat. The Access to Justice and Rule of Law component will assist Kosovo’s institutions in addressing issues of court efficiency and people’s access to justice and time dispute resolution.

Norwegian Ambassador Per Strand Sjaastad confirmed his country’s continued commitment to Kosovo and continued cooperation with UNDP, which began in 2001. “We are proud to continue with these extremely important projects with UNDP which aims to support Kosovar institutions”, said Ambassador Sjaastad.

The Norwegian Government and the Embassy in Pristina are strong advocates for improved human rights, functioning of the rule of law, and increasing public and institutional safety in Kosovo and continue to work with UNDP Office in Kosovo in providing technical support and expertise to this end.

UN Development Coordinator /UNDP Resident Representative, Ulrika Richardson, expressed her appreciation to the Norwegian Government for their trust and commitment towards UNDP in supporting these two initiatives.

The total value of the signed agreement is more than 1.3 million euros.

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