Panel discussion: How can new technologies help citizens to engage in addressing development challenges

Sep 20, 2013


What: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Montenegro and NGO Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) will organize a panel discussion entitled „Citizen participation – using new technologies, social media and innovation to engage citizens in addressing development challenges“.

The panel discussion will be a part of the global „Social Good Summit“ discussion ( which will take place from 22-24th September simultaneously in New York and around the world. Last year the summit encompassed 300 cities around the world, and it represents a joint initiative of the United Nations, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mashable, 92Y and Ericsson, while the UNDP provides organizational support.

The panel discussion will be opened by:
Sanja Bojanić, Democratic Governance Cluster Leader, UNDP Montenegro

Topics for the discussion will be presented by:
Vuk  Vujnović, Head of the Public Relations Bureau of the Government of Montenegro a.i. and Slobodan Đukanović, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and a member of the „Be responsible“ Team („Using new technologies to involve citizens in the fight against gray economy“)
Dragan Koprivica, Executive Director of the Center for Democratic Transition and Srdan Kosović, Editor-in-Chief of the “Vijesti online” portal („The use of social media in promoting civic engagement and civic initiative“) Vladimir Vulić, Founder of the and Miloš Milošević, Founder of („The role of the private sector in the promotion of new technologies, innovation and active citizenry“)
Jelena Miljanić, Project Coordinator for Youth Empowerment within the UN System in Montenegro and Tamara Čirgić, Project Coordinator for „Active youth for active communities“, Forum MNE („Youth participation in decision making - what is missing?“)

When:                 Monday,  September 23rd 2013, from 18:00 to 20:00
Where:                Info centar CDT, Rimski trg 10, Podgorica

The main question of this year's " Social Good" Summit is how innovation and new technologies can help solve major global challenges. During the 3 days of Summit, most influential people around the world will try and contribute to the new technologies and media be put into function of development in the best possible way.

The entire discussion in Podgorica will be livestreamed to New York, and will bring together representatives of NGOs and international organizations, governments, media, universities and the private sector. Our goal is to present current and planned relevant activities and projects, and through discussion we want to get to the concrete proposals for improving the participation of citizens, especially the youth, in the events that are important for further human development. Special attention will be paid to the influence of new technologies, social networks and innovation on a more active involvement of citizens in solving social challenges, whether it is grey economy, youth employment, etc.

Contact information

Ivana Vujović, UNDP Montenegro Communications Assistant
Tel: ++382 20 22 55 33, local 118, Mob.: ++382 69 681 222, E-mail:;

Vlatko Otašević, Communications Analyst, UN Coordination Office in Montenegro
Tel: +382 20 22 55 33, local 151; Mob: + 382 67 281 299; E-mail:;

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