PODGORICA – Resonance of numerous achievements of the youngest member state of the United Nations Montenegro marked the ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration on the occasion of celebrating the fifth anniversary since Montenegro joined the UN.
The solemn atmosphere was fuelled by a written message from the UN Secretary General congratulating Montenegro on the fifth anniversary of its membership in the United Nations. The UN Resident Coordinator Alexander Avanessov red the message.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised Montenegro for its commitment to the Delivering as One approach, stressing that it has involved national institutions working very closely with UN Agencies to ensure greater coherence and coordination in pursuit of the country’s development objectives.
“I also join you in looking forward to the construction of the eco-building that will house UN Agencies, which will not only benefit the UN’s work in Montenegro, but stand as testament to your commitment to sustainable development”, noted the Secretary General in his message.
He highlighted particularly the importance of the Integrated UN programme in Montenegro. “Montenegro has made visible progress since independence, particularly in state consolidation and reform, and I am pleased that close consultation between the Government, UN Agencies, civil society and other development partners has led to the approval of the Second phase of the Integrated UN Programme in Montenegro. Under this programme, we will continue to work together to address social exclusion, strengthen democratic governance and the rule of law, and achieve the sustainable economic growth that will take Montenegro further along the path to European Union accession. “
The UN Secretary General commended Montenegro’s efforts to promote peace, development and good neighbourly relations in south-eastern Europe and the Balkans and thanked the country for chairing the South East European Cooperation Process this year, and for hosting the internationally recognized Regional Summer Diplomatic School of Gavro Vukovic.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Europan Integrations of Montenegro, Milan Roćen, recalled the times of Montenegro’s efforts to join the world’s largest international organization.
“When we started the process of renewal of Montenegrin independence we kept on repeating proudly that our goal and our dream was the Montenegrin flag’s raising on the East River. It was personification of all our hopes come true”.
He reiterated that Montenegro enthusiastically accepted all obligations of the membership in the UN and emphasised that the youngest member of the UN acts in full accordance with the fundamental postulates of the UN Charter, and in line with its commitment to achieve the MDGs by 2015.
“The programmes that UN conducts in Montenegro within the Delivering as One model, respond directly to the Montenegrin national key priorities aimed at country’s further development and the achievement of its strategic foreign policy goals in the process of European and Euro-Atlantic integrations”, added the minister.
Roćen also expressed his belief that the completion of the UN Eco building in the capital Podgorica will confirm the core of the successful cooperation, both symbolically and substantively.
The official reception coincided with soon departure of the UN Resident Coordinator Alexander Avanessov and the UNICEF Representative Noala Skinner who will be soon reassigned to other duty stations.
“It was a privilege to work with them and their team. They were fully dedicated to responsible fulfilment of their commitments to the very last day. I take this opportunity to extend my genuine expressions of gratitude for the excellent cooperation over the years”, said Minister Roćen and wished them success in their future work and personal happiness.
Montenegro, which joined UN on 28 June 2006, hosts five resident UN agencies. In addition, six regionally based UN organisations also work in the youngest member state of the United Nations under the umbrella of Delivering as One and Integrated UN Programme 2010-2016.