Geneva: DPM Lukšić holds several meetings at UN HQ and other international organisations
During the second day of his visit to Geneva, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić held several meetings at the UN HQ and other international organisations. The meeting served as an opportunity to further the cooperation between Montenegro and the said organisations, as well as to provide support to national and regional programme activities.
During the meeting with Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, DPM Lukšić voiced full support to the High Commissioner’s work. Further cooperation between Montenegro and the OHCHR has been agreed on in the context of developing a national mechanism for monitoring the implementation of recommendations of UN treaty bodies for the protection and promotion of human rights. DPM Lukšić said that the Human Rights Council has proven capable of dealing with sensitive issues in the area of human rights violations, as well as in bridging political, ideological, and culturally diverse outlooks of the countries that share the common objectives of human rights protection. UPR has been commended as one of its most successful mechanisms.
The meeting with the Director of the UN Office in Geneva Michael Moler addressed the activities of the UN System in Geneva, with a special emphasis on the tasks of agencies and organisations towards implementing the 2030 Development Agenda. The importance of clear demarcation of the roles of individual UN agencies has been recognised, as well as the full commitment of member states and cooperation between stakeholders at local, national, and international levels as top preconditions for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
At the meeting with WTO officials, DPM Lukšić underlined Montenegro’s commitment to working with the WTO and noted its role as the broadest forum for negotiating on the liberalization of international trade in all its segments. Mr Lukšić thanked the WTO for providing technical, expert, and financial assistance to Montenegro towards implementing WTO trade agreements.
DPM Lukšić will resume his visit by meeting later today with the Director-General of the International Organisation for Migration William L Swing, with whom he will discuss the migrant crisis and challenges with special emphasis on the role of the Western Balkans countries.
The meetings with UN high officials also served as an opportunity to promote the Government of Montenegro’s candidacy of Mr Lukšić for the position of UN Secretary-General.