The United Nations in Montenegro

Working in the areas of human rights and sustainable development, the UN team in Montenegro brings together the latest knowledge and specialised expertise to support Montenegro in achieving Sustainable Development Goals and accomplishing its national priorities, including European integration requirements. 

The UN Country Team merges the comparative advantages of different UN organisations to provide tailor-made support to the country in addressing the needs of its population, including the most vulnerable, disadvantaged or those who are at risk of social exclusion, such as children, people with disabilities, refugees, stateless persons, women, migrants, elderly, people in remote areas.  

UN Eco House - Podgorica, Montenegro


  1. The UN Country Team in Montenegro coordinates the work of 16 UN organisations – five resident and 11 regionally-based UN agencies. In partnership with the Government and people of Montenegro, the UN Country Team works on the implementation of the Integrated UN Programme 2017-2021, a strategic framework of cooperation aimed to support the country’s progress in advancing national development priorities, in line with the Agenda 2030 and with the EU reform processes. The UN in Montenegro provides impartial advice, technical expertise, access to the latest knowledge and practices to support the country’s advance in four strategic Result Areas: Democratic Governance, Economic Governance, Social Inclusion and Environmental Sustainability. 
  2. Democratic Governance – By 2021, people-centred, accountable, transparent and effective judiciary, Parliament, public administration and independent institutions ensure security, equal access to justice and quality services to all people. Work in this Result Area strives towards the following key achievements: a) Capacity, efficiency and transparency of judiciary improved; b) Enhanced citizens’ and civil society participation in the creation, monitoring and implementation of policies and legislations, including through innovative models for citizens engagement and open data use; c) Enhanced capacity of the public administration, law enforcement and independent institutions to ensure security and deliver inclusive people-centred services; d) Improved legislation and policies to meet EU acquis requirements and international obligations of Montenegro, including SDGs.
  3. Environmental Sustainability – By 2021, the people of Montenegro benefit from sustainable management of cultural and natural resources, combating climate change and disaster risk reduction. Work in this Result Area strives towards following key achievements: a) Climate change and environment targets integrated into national policies, strategies and planning; b) Enhance energy efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions enabled in specific sectors; c) Improved management and treatment of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle reduction of waste release to air, water and soil; d) Capacities for resilience to disasters increased.
  4. Social Inclusion – By 2021, the population has improved access to quality, equitable, inclusive and mutually reinforcing systems of health, education, protection and decent work. Work in this Result Area strives towards following key achievements: a) Enhanced multisector cooperation, social dialogue and the capacity of relevant public institutions to provide adequate support and quality, inclusive and innovative services targeting socially excluded Groups; b) Social welfare and social protection system have an enhanced capacity for oversight of planning, provision and coordination of social protection interventions and services; c) Improved social and institutional responsiveness towards anti-discrimination and gender equality policies for equal opportunities of women and public awareness on violence against women and children;  d) Innovative solutions introduced for active participation and empowerment of youth, including those affected by poverty, adversity and exclusion.
  5. Economic Governance – By 2021, people of Montenegro benefit from an enabling institutional and regulatory framework for sustainable and inclusive economic growth based on innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness. Work in this Result Area strives towards following key achievements:  a) National policies foster a good business environment and sustainable private sector growth, towards increasing competitiveness of the Montenegrin economy; b) National institutions have improved capacities to develop, implement and monitor policies and measures that help to generate jobs, and moving from the informal to the formal economy.
  6. Joint steering of the Integrated UN Programme ensures national ownership and mutual accountability for results between the Government of Montenegro and the United Nations Country Team. The management and coordination structure is based on joint Government-UNCT mechanisms to ensure fully collaborative decision making, strategic direction and oversight over the implementation of the Integrated UN Programme. The Programme is steered by the Joint Country Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the UN Resident Coordinator. The body is composed of government ministers and the heads of all the resident UN organisations in Montenegro.


The Sustainable Development Goals in Montenegro

The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Montenegro: