The Joint Country Steering Committee set priorities for 2011

PODGORICA – Montenegrin Government hosted on 24 June the second meeting of a Joint Country Steering Committee in 2011 in Villa Gorica in the capital Podgorica. The Committee composed of Montenegrin ministers and UN heads of agencies, who guide and monitor implementation of Integrated UN Programme 2010-2016, adopted a list of priority projects and programmes that will be financed by Expanded Delivering as One Funding Window funds which Montenegro received in 2011, in the amount of some half a million of US dollars.

“These projects represent the continuation of successfully implemented programmes in the previous year in the areas of social inclusion, democratic governance and sustainable economic development and environmental protection”, said a co-chair of the Committee and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Milan Roćen. He highlighted that when selecting the priority projects/programmes for immediate funding, the Committee was guided by criteria of nominating projects/programmes which are part of the UN Annual Work Plan and are addressing national developmental priorities of the country in 2011.

The UN Resident Coordinator Alexander Avanessov highlighted the importance of consensus between the Government and the UN System in identifying development priorities. “Together, we very well understand the priorities and the complexity of issues we jointly address. At this stage of development, Montenegro needs specialized expertise to deal with certain challenges for which we in the UN are able provide the needed expertise and advice. Delivering as One concept proves to be a great mechanism for providing support to Montenegro in addressing key national priorities”, Avanessov said.

The Joint Country Steering Committee also discussed and adopted the measures for improvement of work efficiency of Sector and Pillar Working groups within the Delivering as One concept, which should contribute to enhanced joint work, better planning and better use of resources.

Minister Roćen used the opportunity to extend the Government’s appreciation for excellent work of the UN Resident Coordinator and the UNICEF Representative in Montenegro, Noala Skinner, who will be soon reassigned to other duty stations.

“On behalf of the Government of Montenegro, I want to thank to you both for a very successful collaboration and efficient support that led to improved cooperation with the UN system, especially in organizational and programme areas”, said the minister and expressed his strong belief in continuation of a successful joint work and delivering as one with the UN System in Montenegro in the future.