Prime Minister of Montenegro and UNDP Administrator reconfirmed strong partnershipSep 25, 2013
Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic's stay in New York for the purpose of participation in the 68th UN General Assembly session started with meetings with senior officials of the United Nations Development Programme.
Government of Montenegro and the UNDP have developed strong partnership, which has been continually upgraded by the implementation of a significant number of projects aimed at further development of the Montenegrin society, the meeting between Prime Minister Đukanović and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark concluded. Prime Minister Đukanović emphasized that he welcomed this meeting as an opportunity for a continued dialogue, noting that: “Both sides have reasons to be proud of Montenegro’s development gains and the Government of Montenegro very much appreciates UNDP’s support to the country’s strategic goals.”
Prime Minister Đukanović informed the UNDP Administrator about Montenegro’s reform process which is, in his words, highly ranked on the Government’s agenda, and primarily concentrated on the socio-economic development and improvement of the quality of life for all citizens. “Montenegro continues to work hard to promote the UN’s fundamental values, with development as their biggest preoccupation, especially in the context of stability and sustainability, taking into the context of the sub-region,” Mr. Đukanović stated.
In this regard, Mr. Đukanović also highlighted the strong support from the UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC), noting in particular the recent visit of Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of RBEC. He reported that discussions during her visit, further paved the way as a framework of cooperation in Montenegro’s realities as an upper middle income country.
With regards to the EU Agenda, Mr. Đukanović further pointed out that “the country will find it easier to attain its goals with the continued support and good cooperation of UNDP.” Moreover, he reaffirmed that Montenegro remains committed to MDGs and post-2015 work, and stated that the citizens and relevant institutions have actively engaged in a country level consultation on the ‘World We Want’. This dialogue is now pointing to new policies, responding to the 8 priorities that have emerged. Additionally, Prime Minister of Montenegro was appreciative of UNDP’s support in the process of opening the Center for Sustainable Development, which is expected to be launched in January 2014. Finally, he expressed his confidence that the UN Eco Building will be completed by December 2013, and his hope that this might serve as a global model.
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said that: “UNDP recognizes the efforts made by the Government of Montenegro towards improving the standard of living.” She expressed her belief that Montenegro will become the next member of the European Union, pledging the UNDP and the United Nations' strong support in that regard. She congratulated Montenegro on their process with the EU and the formal negotiations under way. She expressed UNDP’s commitment to support Montenegro’s EU aspirations, noting the very intensive process this entails. “The key areas of cooperation in this context are – sustainable development, social inclusion and democratic governance, which are the core of UNDP’s mission as well,” UNDP Administrator said.
Ms. Clark also thanked Prime Minister Đukanović for Montenegro’s support in the Delivering as One UN agenda, noting that the move to the UN House – especially an ECO one—will be important in further strengthening the joint work of the UN. “We very much welcome the Government’s concrete support, as increasingly, UNDP’s presence in upper middle income countries is based on genuine partnership with governments, including financing,” she underlined. In conclusion, she reasserted that UNDP in Montenegro will work very closely with the Government and support the Center for Sustainable Development.