Podgorica, 3 June 2019 – Ms. Mirjana Špoljarić Egger, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, will conduct a three-day official visit to Montenegro from 3–5 June 2019. She will meet with key counterparts to discuss the country’s development prospects, and deliver a keynote speech at the international “Green Days” conference organized to inspire businesses and governments to invest in green growth.
While in the country, she will meet with president Milo Đukanović, prime minister Duško Marković, deputy Prime Minister Milutin Simović, minister of foreign affairs Srđan Darmanović and minister of public administration Suzana Pribilović – to expand UNDP’s partnership with the government in key areas such as support to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), EU accession and the country’s on-going institutional reforms.
UNDP’s Regional Director will look into national development priorities, from digital transformation and public administration reform to transition to the green economy, where Montenegro has a strong record of success. She will discuss topics related to women’s political participation and empowerment, as well as cooperation among women leaders.
Ms. Špoljarić Egger will also visit several programmes and projects, including those related to social welfare, protection of victims of gender-based violence, food producers cluster, employment of people with disabilities and low carbon tourism. She will also meet with the Women’s Political Network, a number of ambassadors and development partners and the UN Country Team – heads of resident UN agencies.
Ivana Vujović, Communications Associate at UNDP in Montenegro:
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Nicolas Douillet, Regional Communications Advisor, UNDP for Europe and Central Asia: email@example.com
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As the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, since October 2018, Mirjana Spoljaric Egger leads UNDP’s work and teams in 17 countries and one territory, spanning Central Asia, the Western CIS and South Caucasus, and Western Balkans. Ms. Spoljaric Egger previously served as Head of United Nations and International Organizations Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, where she has been instrumental in shaping Swiss UN policies and priorities in support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
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