UMD Calls for Macedonian Language Expansion on IMLD2021

UMD Calls for Macedonian Language Expansion on IMLD2021

In celebration of International Mother Language Day on February 21, 2021, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) has written to the digital and tech teams at some of the biggest global brands, requesting if there is a timescale to include the Macedonian language on the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Twitter, and LinkedIn business pages. Estimates place the total number of…

Australian Senate Recommends Support for Diaspora Communities

Australian Senate Recommends Support for Diaspora Communities

The Australian Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade References Committee has issued its Report of February 2021 in response to written submissions made to its inquiry on issues facing diaspora communities. The United Macedonian Diaspora Australia (UMD) lodged a submission on behalf of the Macedonian community in July 2020. UMD Australia Director, Vera Sekulovska, was invited to give evidence to…

UMD Rejects Border Changes and Land Swaps as Solution to Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue

UMD Rejects Border Changes and Land Swaps as Solution to Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) continues to denounce international solutions based on irredentism and border swaps. UMD is responding to a recent report from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. The ICG recommends three solutions: “One would rely on sweeteners for Serbia – an infusion of donor development support and accelerated EU membership – as the cost…

ОМД е против размена на територии како решение за дијалогот Косово-Србија

ОМД е против размена на територии како решение за дијалогот Косово-Србија

Обединетата македонска дијаспора (ОМД) продолжува да ги осудува меѓународните решенија засновани на иредентизам и промена на границите.   ОМД одговара на неодамнешниот извештај на Меѓународната кризна група (МКГ) за дијалогот Косово-Србија. МКГ препорачува три решенија:   • „Првото би се потпирало на „засладувачи“ за Србија – инфузија на поддршка за развој од донатори и забрзано членство во ЕУ – како…

UMD Australia stands in solidarity with the First Nations peoples on January 26th

UMD Australia stands in solidarity with the First Nations peoples on January 26th

In the past, Australia Day may have been seen as a time for celebration and unity. But how can we come together when this day is one of mourning for First Nations peoples? The Macedonian diaspora community in Australia knows the devastating impact of having sacred land invaded and cultural identity denied. UMD Australia acknowledges that January 26 is a…

UMD Statement on the Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris

UMD Statement on the Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), a 501(c)3 nonpartisan organization and the voice of more than half a million Americans of Macedonian heritage, congratulates Joseph R. Biden on being sworn-in today as the 46th President of the United States, and to Kamala D. Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, on making American history as the first female Vice President…

UMD Condemns Capitol Hill Attack

The United Macedonian Diaspora unreservedly condemns the armed violence and terrorism aimed at the heart of American democracy this week.  The forceful storming of the United States Capitol was an attempted coup against democratic ideals. In seeking to overturn a presidential election, the perpetrators betrayed the very freedoms they claim to defend – the right of the people to vote…

UMD welcomes press increase

The United Macedonian Diaspora has welcomed increased news coverage of the name change debacle. Broader coverage has been achieved of the plight of ethnic Macedonians in Greece and Bulgaria whose governments deny their existence. A column by UMD’s Alastair Stewart was published in The Times. It draws on parallels between a maybe independent Scotland and Macedonia’s tragic experience on the…

Македонецот Гоце Пероски избран за Претседател на Советот за интеграции на Дизелдорф

Македонецот Гоце Пероски избран за Претседател на Советот за интеграции на Дизелдорф

На 2. Декември 2020 год. се оддржа конститутивната седница на Советот за интеграции на главниот град на федералната држава Северна Рајна Вестфалија, Дизелдорф, која има 18 милиони жители. Советот на интеграции се состои од 19 членови, од кои што 10 члена се бираат непосредно на избори од страна на граѓаните со мигрантско потекло, а девет члена доаѓаат од Советот на…

UMD’s 2020 Accomplishments for the Macedonian Cause

UMD’s 2020 Accomplishments for the Macedonian Cause

Social Media Outreach: – 67 Virtual Events, Gatherings, Trivia Nights, Video Messages Garnered 407,000 Views to Date   Charitable Efforts: – UMD Generation M’s Together from Home Campaign Donated $50,000 for the Creation of a new Pulmonary Clinic in Skopje to Combat COVID-19.  – Another $50,000 will be donated for medical equipment in regional clinics in the near future.  …

Diaspora unites to tackle COVID-19

Diaspora unites to tackle COVID-19

Leaders in the United Macedonian Diaspora have convened in Skopje to discuss how best to support Macedonia fight back against COVID-19.    Representatives from Washington, D.C., Sydney and Strumica came together this fall for a series of meetings, emphasizing the vital connection between Macedonia and its diaspora.   UMD President, Meto Koloski; newly elected Board Member, Filip Despotoski; and Generation…

UMD’s next-gen leaders defend minority rights in the Balkans

UMD’s next-gen leaders defend minority rights in the Balkans

Young leaders in the United Macedonian Diaspora have made a formal submission to the United Nations. The team is calling for radical action to tackle oppression of Macedonian ethnic minorities, notably in Greece and Bulgaria.    The U.N. report, Eliminating Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief and the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) made a call for…