The United Nations marks the UN Day and 73rd anniversary of its founding Charter

The UN Country Team in Serbia reaffirms its commitment to support the people and Government of Serbia to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals while simultaneously contributing to the country’s EU accession aspirations and all its reform processes

Belgrade, 24 October 2018 – Marking the United Nations 73rd anniversary of its founding Charter, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on member states to “Reaffirm commitment. To repair broken trust. To heal our planet. To leave no one behind. To uphold dignity for one and all, as united nations. He put a spotlight on inequalities, climate change and human rights violations and urgent action to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Supporting Serbia’s development journey, the UN Country Team reaffirms its commitment to support the Government of the Republic of Serbia and its citizens in ongoing reform efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals under the global 2030 Agenda set by UN member states.

"Progress towards achieving the development goals contained in the Agenda 2030 and EU integration are inseparable reform processes aimed at improving the lives of people in Serbia. The UN Country Team in Serbia will continue supporting the ongoing efforts of the Serbian people to contextualize and adapt the Sustainable Development Goals to the national and municipal levels in line with the ongoing EU accession and related reform processes,” says Karla Hershey, the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia.

The UN Country Team has already begun to provide relevant knowledge and technical assistance through the United Nations Development Partnership Framework 2016-2020 signed between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the UN Country Team in Serbia valued at 170 million US dollars. The strategic framework focuses on governance, rule of law, social and human resources development, economic and employment growth, environment, climate change and resilient communities, as well as culture and development. 

The Republic of Serbia has already announced its intention to present  its first voluntary national review on the  progress towards Agenda 2030 at the 2019 meeting of  the High-Level Political Forum in New York. Voluntary national reviews aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The 2019 review  will address the theme, ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’.  It will review all SDGs and with special attention to the following ones: SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), in addition to SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals).

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The UN County Team in Serbia, coordinated by the UN Resident Coordinator, is comprised of 19 UN Agencies, Funds and Programs.  The Team operates under the Development Partnership Framework (2016-2020) signed between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the UN Country Team. Development Partnership Framework is a road map for strategic cooperation for the further promotion of good governance and the rule of law, development of social and human resources, economic development, growth and employment, environmental protection, fight against climate change and building resilient communities, and integrating culture into the overall process of sustainable development.

The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to address global challenges in order to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that everyone can enjoy peace and prosperity. There are five core principles of the Agenda 2030, universality, leaving no one behind, integrated agenda, human rights and national ownership. They were adopted by more than 150 countries at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 25-27 September 2015, and were presented on the occasion of the UN Organization’s Seventieth Anniversary. There are 17 SDG’s, and each has a number of specific targets (169 in total) to be achieved by 2030. They are integrated and indivisible and balance all three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.

To learn more about Progress towards Agenda 2030 in Serbia click here.

 

Contact:

Aleksandra Stamenković, UN Country Team Communications Expert

Tel: +381 63 302 831, e-mail: aleksandra.stamenkovic@one.un.org