TUESDAY, 19 April – “The greatest project of the United Nations in Montenegro is still ahead of us,” said Mr. Alexander Avanessov, UN Resident Coordinator in Montenegro in his lecture about the United Nations held at the Law Faculty of the Mediteran University in Podgorica.
In a hall packed with students and professors, Mr. Avanessov spoke about the history, mandate, structure, reform and other relevant aspects of the World Organization.
He particularly explained the structure of the UN Family working in Montenegro and emphasized its supporting role to Montenegro in addressing national key priorities. “The general policy of the UN System in Montenegro is to support the country in addressing its national key priorities, including EU accession, Euro-Atlantic integrations and achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” said Mr. Avanessov, explaining the concept of “Delivering as One” through which UN agencies are reaching greater coherence, efficiency and better response in addressing national priorities.
Mr. Avanessov also referred to UN’s main areas of support in Montenegro: social inclusion, democratic governance and economy and environment. “We basically bring the expertise to Montenegro in order to support development in certain areas like the rule of law, promotion of human rights, strengthening capacities at central and local levels, social inclusion of vulnerable groups, deinstitutionalization of persons with disabilities, creation of “green” jobs, addressing climate changes, dealing with health issues, remediation of ecological hot spots, etc,” said UN Resident Coordinator, adding that Montenegro has unique opportunities and capacities for development.
The UN Resident Coordinator highlighted the importance of partnerships with the Government, EU Delegation in Montenegro and other international partners, as well as partnerships with other stakeholders like Academia and civil sector. “We are here at the invitation of the Government of Montenegro. However, the partnership with the EU Delegation is of particular value, as well as cooperation with the civil sector. NGOs are involved in all projects and programs that the UN implements in Montenegro, in one way or another,” Mr. Avanessov emphasized.
The comprehensive lecture was followed by a very interactive discussion with students and professors, who expressed interests in various aspects of the United Nations, both in its global and national capacities, including one student’s dilemma whether the contributions of money by member states can determinate the influence within the UN. “Every state has the right of one vote in the UN. That vote canneither be bought by money nor can have a greater value because of the contribution amount,” Mr. Avanessov explained.
On behalf of the students, Dean of the Law Faculty Mr. Mladen Vukčević thanked Mr. Avanessov for a very useful lecture and suggested continuation of a constructive cooperation with the UN System in Montenegro.