Strengthening the partnership between Montenegro and the United Nations
21 May 2022
Long-standing partnership will be further strengthened through the upcoming five-year Strategic Framework of Cooperation developed jointly with the Government.
Cetinje, 21 May 2022
On the Independence Day of Montenegro, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ranko Krivokapić hosted in Cetinje the UN Resident Coordinator Peter Lundberg and the UNDP Resident Representative Daniela Gasparikova.
Krivokapić and the guests visited the building purposed for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose reconstruction, with the support of the UNDP, was completed in 2017 as part of the Beautiful Cetinje project.
The Montenegrin Foreign Minister pointed out that significant efforts and funds had been invested in the restoration of this cultural monument, emphasizing that Montenegro is obliged to nurture its history and tradition, whose symbol is Cetinje, for which, as he said, we must enable it to be a good host high-level guests. In that way, as he stated, Montenegro will show its millennial vertical of four dynasties.
"As in the First and Second World Wars, Montenegro is again on the right side of history through NATO alliance in the greatest security crisis in Europe since the end of the last Great War," – said Krivokapić.
UN Resident Coordinator Peter Lundberg pointed out that he was very pleased to visit, as he said, the "special building", which was reconstructed with the help of UNDP and which is one of the symbols of continuous and true cooperation between the United Nations and Montenegro.
"We very much value Montenegro’s membership and its active role in the United Nations, and I’m sure that this long-standing partnership is going to be further strengthened within the upcoming five-year Strategic Framework of Cooperation developed jointly with the Government of Montenegro," said Lundberg.
The UNDP Resident Representative in Montenegro, Danijela Gasparikova, emphasized that the "Beautiful Cetinje" project is a clear example that revitalization is not just a way to breathe new life into buildings, but an opportunity to introduce energy efficiency measures to preserve the environment.
"Through the implementation of this unique project, UNDP supported the idea of Cetinje as an energy-efficient urban environment. UNDP will, as before, continue to support the Montenegrin Government in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and meeting its EU accession obligations. With the common commitment of the whole society to a green and just transition, we will get closer to this goal," – said Gasparikova.
Speaking about the valorization of the building of the former Russian embassy, Minister Krivokapić added that after the investment worth three million euros from 2017, the time has come to utilize the building accordingly and, step by step, make it the right place for the high guests of our country.
In this regard, he announced that in accordance with his duty, he will receive the first official guest in Cetinje.