PODGORICA, Montenegro – 8 September 2010 – UNDP Administrator and UNDG Chair Helen Clark was in Montenegro as part of a two day official visit in the country. Speaking with Montenegro’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Milan Roćen, Helen Clark praised the country for being on track to achieve all of the MDGs by 2015.

“Montenegro is bringing a good story to the MDG Summit in New York in the next couple of weeks: Montenegro will achieve all of the goals,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “You have even set MDG PLUS goals … and you will meet them! We are impressed with the progress you are making on so many fronts, including becoming the UN’s newest Member State.”

She met with President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović.
She also met with Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, and together they laid the first stone of the UN Eco Building.

On that occasion the UNDP Administrator said that she was pleased to see that the Government of Montenegro had been supportive of Delivering as One concept and that the UN Eco Building was just a result of such process. Furthermore, Helen Clark said she was confident that the UN Country Team in Montenegro committed all their efforts to support Montenegrin economic and eco sustainability, thus aiming to country’s further development and aspiration to EU accession.

The UNDP Administrator’s talked with the highest representatives of the Montenegrin Government focused on regional cooperation; progress towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; and the country’s preparation for European Union (EU) candidate country status.

They also discussed the role of the United Nations and UNDP in regional development and also in the context of a response to the global economic crisis; and Delivering as One UN.

Helen Clark conveyed the message that UNDP and the United Nations in Montenegro aimed to further enhance cooperation to address major national developmental priorities, including EU integration.

While in Montenegro, Helen Clark also met with the Heads of resident UN Agencies, and visited the North of the country, to discuss UNDP’s support to sustainable tourism development.

She stopped in Mojkovac to view progress on the remediation of the tailing impound as part of the Western Balkans Environmental Hot Spots Programme, and how it has helped community development.