Kristina Blokhus , Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program in Montenegro: (Address at the official opening ceremony of the Fourth Montenegrin Summer School for Young Diplomats "Gavro Vuković", Berane, July 06, 2011)
I am very pleased to have the opportunity to greet Excellencies Minister Roćen and Mayor of Berane Mr. Golubović and the hosting team, respected guests and a great number of young diplomats from more than 40 different countries.
It is also a true pleasure for me to see that this summer school, with four years of history, is now what we can rightly call a tradition. This is thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and the Capacity Development Programme in bringing together young diplomats from all over the world.
Active networking and strategic communication is essential in diplomatic affairs, particularly nowadays, when diplomacy is an ever-changing practice dependant on metamorphoses in international community. This kind of networking I believe you will find right here during the week ahead of you. Together you will discover the North of Montenegro, but you’ll also be able to discuss regional and global diplomatic challenges, to learn about each others’ countries and cultures and to explore ways to further promote mutual trust and tolerance.
Due to its nature the School will provide you with some new perspectives on your work as diplomats, and hopefully it will have an impact on your professional development and a greater understanding of your own potential. But, what I do hope above all is that you will make nice memories and new friendships that will last long after you come back to your countries. You, as a new generation of diplomats, have a tremendous chance to make your mark in society and to participate in the shaping of relations between countries in turbulent times. Therefore, my message to you would be to continue building connections, and to stay open to new ideas coming from your colleagues.
UNDP is honoured to participate in the organization of this School four times in a row, contributing in this way to the promotion of Montenegro’s successful relationships with other countries in the region, members of the EU and worldwide. UNDP in this country will continue to be a partner to the people and the Government on their path toward the EU, and in line with their commitment to the principles of sustainable and human development.
In conclusion, allow me to take this opportunity to thank the Mayor of Berane Mr. Vuka Golubović and his team for being excellent hosts and partners.
I wish you all a fruitful week of work.