UNDP’s Leadership on the MDGs in Montenegro

Art work created in July 2010 in Bijelo Polje, Montenegro. During the Art Colony, organized by the UN System in Montenegro, around 40 artists from Europe depicted and sculpted the pain of poverty.

Although Montenegro is a relatively small country, there are significant differences in the development of its individual regions. While the coast and the area around the capital Podgorica are the most developed parts, the northern parts of the country are the poorest. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 is one of country's key obligations stemming from its membership in the UN since 2006. Therefore, they are among key priorities in the Montenegrin development agenda.

Montenegro aspires to join the European Union, a process requiring thorough reforms, democratization of society as a whole and upholding the rule of law. Despite the country being classified as an upper middle income one- indicating progress in development- an array of challenges is looming, while lingering effects of global financial downturn are putting a strain on Montenegro’s public administration capacities.

All development activities carried out by UNDP have MDG achievement as their overarching goal. In some cases this is direct, such as in poverty reduction programmes, or in initiatives promoting gender equality. Other times it is more indirect, though no less powerful, for example when helping to ensure adopting high standards regarding laws and institutions so as to provide people with good health care, education, and other services.

Development work done by UNDP Montenegro is divided into three corporate thematic areas, also known as clusters. All three clusters work on projects and programmes which contribute to the achievement of the MDGs. Those projects and programmes can encompass more than one of the MDGs. The three clusters within UNDP Montenegro are:

The Social Inclusion cluster, which objective is: Advancing social inclusion through improved institutional responsiveness and servicing for the most vulnerable, for all men and women to enjoy the quality life and reach their full potential.

The Democratic Governance cluster, which objective is: Advancing democratic society through strengthening rule of law, transparency and accountability of institutions with greater citizen participation.

The Economy and Environment cluster, which objective is: Advancing market transformation toward low emissions, a resource efficient economy, resilient ecosystems and communities.