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Deputy Prime Minister Lukšić participates at UN Security Council Open Debate

Deputy Prime Minister Lukšić participates at UN Security Council Open Debate
Published date: 24.02.2016 16:32 | Author: MVPEI

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić launched his two-day working visit to New York by speaking at the UN Security Council Open Debate on the review of the peace-building architecture.

Deputy Prime Minister Lukšić underlined the importance of the early discovery and warning mechanism in the context of future peace-building activities, and he noted the Security Council must better use its potential in order to prevent new conflicts from arising. "Montenegro is confident, as a member of the Peace-building Commission, which is a body with a unique role, that its potential should be put to more use," Montenegro’s head diplomat said. He added that it was necessary to improve the complementarity of the work of the Commission and the Security Council further with the aim of maximising the achievements in efforts at conflict prevention and maintenance of peace. Partnership between main UN bodies needs to be strengthened in order to prevent further fragmentation and in order to build coherence in collective efforts at inter-governmental and operative levels, because without such an approach further progress will be limited, Mr Lukšić has noted.

Mr Lukšić also met with UN Under-Secretary-General for disarmament Kim, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on youth Alhendawi, Chairman of the Economic and Social Committee Oh, and UNDP head Helen Clark, with whom he exchanged opinions on the current challenges and the ways to improve cooperation between Montenegro and the UN.

The meeting with Under-Secretary General Kim noted the need to double the efforts aimed at ridding the world of WMDs, and especially towards the vision of a world without nuclear weapons. The meeting with Special Envoy Alhendawi concluded that the issue of youth merits more attention and greater resources, given the fact that the youth comprise one half of the world’s population. The meeting with Mr Oh discussed the ECOSOC’s role in and contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, with a special emphasis on monitoring. The meeting with Ms Clark commended Montenegro’s volunteering to present its experience in implementing the 2030 Development Agenda at the next High Level Political Forum.

The meetings with UN high officials, Security Council representatives, as well as those of other UN member-countries, served as an opportunity to promote Mr Lukšić’s candidacy for the role of UN Secretary-General.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić will resume his visit to New York by participating at the UNDP ministerial event devoted to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of UNDP’s establishment. Mr Lukšić will also meet UN General Assembly president and a series of representatives of the UN bodies and the member-countries.