Belgrade, 23 October 2013 - The United Nations in Serbia celebrated today the 68th anniversary of entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1948 at Aero club in Belgrade. This year's celebration of the UN Day in Serbia was hosted by Mr. Ivica Dačić, the Prime Minister to the Republic of Serbia, Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, the UN Resident Coordinator and Mr. Peter N. Due, the Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UN Office in Belgrade. The event was dedicated to the celebration of the successfully implemented national consultations "Serbia We Want 2015" and Serbia's participation in global development processes.
"An enormous contribution was made by the United Nations in resolving the Balkans crisis in the recent past-said the Prime Minister. "Thanks to the efforts of the UN, a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria was found this year, the 1990s level of extreme poverty was halved already in 2010 despite our 2015 target" - the Prime Minister stressed. "The UN system in Serbia is a partner of all of our citizens. I am happy to note that their voice will influence the definition of the future sustainable development goals"- stressed Dačić.
The national consultations implemented under the initiative "Serbia We Want 2015" as part of the global consultations process "The World We Want 2015", offered an opportunity to all people in Serbia to define the key problems and propose changes they would like to see. The United Nations Country Team made every effort to achieve the widest possible outreach and to hear as many voices as possible. More than 30,000 people in Serbia took part in the consultative process and expressed their standpoints and views.
The people in Serbia called for promotion of culture of responsibility, tolerance and social cohesion. Today, while celebrating the UN Day, we take note with pride and appreciation, that people in Serbia have demonstrated a great degree of awareness for the role of the individual responsibility in improving development scene setter - said Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, The UN Resident Coordinator. "Now it is our responsibility to see how the results of the consultative process are going to be transferred into tangible actions and how these actions will change peoples' lives for better" - said Ms. Vojáčková-Sollorano.
This year again, we saw the United Nations come together on armed conflict, human rights, the environment and many other issues. We continue to show what collective action can do. We can do even more - said Mr. Peter Due, and added "We in the UN warmly welcome and support the progress made in terms of the EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. We wish Serbia a speedy and successful EU integration process".
The event was attended by high-ranking Serbian Government officials, members of Diplomatic Corp, representatives of international organizations as well as the distinguished members of the civil society.
About the UN in Serbia
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in the Republic of Serbia comprises more than 26 agencies, programmes and organizations that support the needs, strategic objectives and development plans of the Republic of Serbia. The UN promotes peace and prosperity, and ensures that human rights are protected and that all enjoy lives that are free of fear and want.
The UN supports social, political and economic reform, peace and democracy, and sustainable development together with the Government, civil society, and the people of Serbia. The UN is assisting the country on its path towards the European Union.
About the Post-2015 Development Agenda
In the year 2000, world leaders promised to halve extreme poverty by 2015 with a global plan called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Thanks to millions of people taking action and a massive global effort, we have already made real progress. The number of people living in poverty has been reduced to less than half of its 1990 level. Over two billion people gained access to better drinking water. The share of slum dwellers living in cities fell, improving the lives of at least 100 million people!
Yet, 1.4 billion people still live in extreme poverty. Every 4 seconds a child dies from preventable causes and over 900 million, particularly women and young people, suffer from chronic hunger. Meanwhile our population is set to rise to 9.5 billion by 2050 and the food system is at breaking point.
Climate change threatens to destroy the lives of millions more and undo all the progress we have made so far. Inequality is growing everywhere and human rights are being undermined in the worlds most fragile and conflict affected countries while the world economy continues to falter.
Despite all of this, for the first time in history we do have the resources to end poverty and grow our world sustainably. It will take the work of all of us to make this happen and we must make our governments listen and take action on the things that matter most to people everywhere!
The World We Want will gather the priorities of people from every corner of the world and help build a collective vision that will be used directly by the United Nations and World Leaders to plan a new development agenda launching in 2015, one that is based on the aspirations of all citizens!
For more information about the Post-2015 Development Agenda, please see:
Mr. Djordje Novakovic, UNDP/UNRC Communications Associate
Tel. +381 11 2040 406, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org