Cetinje, 24 October 2012
Six years after joining United Nations, Montenegro inaugurated the United Nations Park, first of a kind in the world. Designed as a symbol of partnership between UN and Montenegrin people, the park is composed of 67 white birches, symbolizing 67 years of life of United Nations. One more tree will be added every year, thus the Park will symbolically grow together with the UN. The park was established in the town of unique historic, diplomatic and cultural value, Old Royal Capital Cetinje.
UN Park was opened with symbolic tree planting by numerous friends of the UN: representatives of the Government, foreign and diplomatic missions in Montenegro, UN staff, representatives of Montenegrin political, economic, cultural and civil society and academia.
“To commemorate fruitful partnership between the UN and the people of Montenegro, today we planted a United Nations Park. No doubt, it will grow as one more shining symbol of our individual and collective commitment to live up to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and to build a better world and better Montenegro for all”, said Rastislav Vrbensky, UN Resident Coordinator at a ceremony after the inauguration.
Successful partnership was also highlighted by Nebojša Kaluđerović, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro: „Good cooperation and continued support of the United Nations to the democratization and development of Montenegro, as well as the success in implementing numerous projects are evidences of strong partnership built between the Government of Montenegro and the United Nations”.
“The UN Park is a place that will symbolize common heritage and values of the United Nations and our country”, added Ana Nikolić, Deputy Mayor of the Old Royal Capital Cetinje, emphasizing that the park will serve as a new country landmark.
This unique initiative brought together number of partners – Municipality of Cetinje allocated the land for the park, Government committed funds for the ceremony, partners from private sector – company UNIQA donated park infrastructure. The UN staff in Montenegro contributed to the unique initiative by procuring majority of white birches.