September 21, 2017

Address by HE Mr. Filip Vujanović at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović delivered speech at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The full speach below:

Dear President,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Dear Heads of delegation,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to address you at the 72nd Session of the General Assembly and reiterate a strong commitment of Montenegro to the values of the United Nations.

As one of the newest members of the United Nations, Montenegro actively contributes to maintaining peace and security in the region. Good neighbourly relations and regional cooperation are on the top our foreign policy agenda. We are strongly committed to multilateral cooperation and affirmation of the international organizations that contribute to the peace and stability. It is of great importance for Montenegro that it became the 29th member of the North Atlantic Alliance.

As a member of the Alliance, we will continue to improve its cooperation and partnership with the UN peace-keeping missions and regional organizations dedicated to establishing and maintaining the peace and stability. At the same time, Montenegro has proved to be a reliable partner of the European Union. Accession negotiations have already ensured significant economic benefits.

International community is faced with the complex challenges such as long-term conflicts, terrorism and violent extremism, refugee crises, systematic violation of human rights, poverty. The United Nations, which are established to prevent war and human suffering, should make more rapid adjustments to respond to these challenges and adopt new mechanisms to prevent conflicts and resolve long-term crisis.

The United Nations and international as well as regional economic organizations have new responsibilities. Peace, stability, achieving sustainable and inclusive growth and improvement of international economic relations are the basic elements for achieving the goals set in the 2030 Agenda. Therefore, it is highly important to carry out a successful implementation of the reform process of the United Nations and its affiliations -IMF and World Bank- for achieving a more equitable economic growth- poverty eradication, womenÈs economic empowerment and bridging the technological gap between countries and regions.

Montenegro remains dedicated to the UN efforts in implementation of the ambitious reform agenda, including the strengthening of the role of the General Assembly an enlargement of the Security Council according to the principles of equitable regional representation. Successful cooperation between Montenegro and the UN system continues in the framework of the program "Acting as One". Positive results of this program are visible and recognized by many UN member states.

Montenegro is a part of the region whose experience has shown that dialogue and cooperation are possible and that they are the only way to overcome the differences and achieve peace and lasting solutions. Therefore, we will organize, early next year, a regional conference, in order to share our experience and help in defining new mechanisms for conflict prevention and resolution.

Efforts aimed at prevention of terrorism must be focused on its causes. It is a particular responsibility of the countries from which the terrorist threats origin, but the international community should also offer necessary help. Therefore, we highly appreciate establishing of the Office of Counter-Terrorism at the initiative of the Secretary-General, which will enable a strong leadership and connection between the UN and its members in preventing conflicts and terrorism.

Montenegro unequivocally supports the efforts aimed at non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. The Non-Proliferation Treaty is a foundation for improvement of the global stability. Montenegro has defined its national framework by adopting the Strategy on Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (2016-2020) and the Action Plan for its implementation.

Montenegro strongly condemns nuclear weapons tests conducted by North Korea as an act that violates international obligations determined by the Security Council resolutions and poses a serious threat to global peace and security. We support diplomatic efforts aimed at calming down current situation and call on North Korea to fully respect its international obligations.

Highly important multilateral agreements that have been adopted confirm that multilateralism is crucial and essential for achieving peace, inclusive sustainable growth and respect for the human rights. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Paris Climate Agreement represent a universal platform for the transformation and progress. Therefore, for their full implementation, it is neccessary to ensure the utmost commitment of all member states and considerable financial resources.

Montenegro has strongly supported the negotiations on new international accord on climate changes. Paris Agreement on Climate Changes is a foundation for further efforts in preserving a long-term stability of the climate system. I had a pleasure and honour to participate on behalf of Montenegro in the historic summit in Paris, when this agreement was adopted and, later, to take part in its signing ceremony in the UN headquarters. In the efforts to mitigate the climate changes, Montenegro financially contributes to the Trust Fund of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes.

Respect for human rights is a precondition for peace, stability and development. Full implementation of the international standards and norms relating to promotion and protection of human rights is the obligation of each country. Being committed to the multilateral system of protection and promotion of human rights, particularly the most vulnerable groups, we attach special importance to the poverty eradication and fight against discrimination. We attach special attention to: strengthening the position and role of women in society and prevention of violence against women; child protection and development; fight against discrimination of LGBTI population and persons with disabilities. We especially appreciate the joint initiative of the European Union and the United Nations for eliminating of all forms of violence against women and girls as well as launching the Global Alliance to end trade in tools of torture and capital punishment.

I am certain that improvement of human rights protection and respect recommends Montenegro for a candidate for membership to the Human Rights Council 2022-2024. This was also confirmed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights who said that Montenegro was one of the 33 UN members that sent regular reports on the implementation of the international agreements concerning human rights.

Attaching special importance to creating key documents on refugees and migrants, we point out to the necessity of a comprehensive approach, taking into account developing, humanitarian and security dimension as well as human rights dimension. We are ready, in cooperation with the UNHCR and based on our experience, to make a concrete contribution to drafting two global compacts.

Enormous needs for offering humanitarian assistance to the civilians in conflicts and natural disasters oblige the United Nations to reinforce mechanisms for humanitarian aid. Montenegro has actively participated in the first World Humanitarian Summit last year. This Summit confirmed the necessity of an efficient coordination of the international humanitarian assistance. Therefore, Montenegro has invested significant efforts this year to ensure appropriate legislative and strategic framework for planning and implementation of control and financing of the international development cooperation and humanitarian assistance.

Mr. President, Ladies and gentlemen,

Finally, allow me to extend congratulations, in my own name and on behalf of Montenegro, to Mr. Miroslav Lajčak on his election as the President of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly, whose persistent commitment to dialogue and cooperation unequivocally confirms that he will be very successful in this high office.

I would also like to express high appreciation to the former President, Mr. Peter Thomson, for the achievements in his work related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

I avail myself of this opportunity to reiterate my most sincere congratulations to the new Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres. I am convinced that his rich professional experience, leadership and commitment will contribute to the work and results of the United Nations in times of complex challenges that the world faces today. I also express my sincere gratitude to the former UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon for his overall contribution to achieving goals and values of the United Nations and his support for Montenegro.

I wish a successful 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

Thank you for your attention. more
July 12, 2017

Cetinje: Statehood Day of Montenegro
On the occasion of the 13th July, Statehood Day of Montenegro, President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović hosted reception in the Blue Palace in Cetinje.

Representatives from the political, scientific, cultural, commercial and sports field and former high state officials of Montenegro attended the reception, including representatives of the foreign diplomatic missions and high officials of the international organizations and institutions.

The President delivered the speech at the reception as follows:

Dear citizens of Montenegro,
Dear citizens of the Old Royal Capital Cetinje,
Distinguished state and local officials,
Your excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Among many historically remarkable years of Montenegro, this year will, proudly, have its notable place. In the country, which has been recognized by its centuries long battle for freedom and independence, years of achieving such aspirations are to be celebrated as everlasting values. In order to prevent history repeating itself, and to avoid permanent fight for freedom and independence, Montenegro has to have an alliance that will be a guarantee of the stability and eternity.

Montenegro has obtained that Alliance this year by its membership to NATO. The Alliance that is in the interest of all its citizens and in favor of stability and peace. The Alliance that is not against anyone, that does not forget either tradition or friends, that is focused on future, without risk of repeating dark pages of history. In the Balkans, lessons from the past are very hard to learn, and tragic mistakes are repeated, unfortunately, with more severe consequences. Therefore, and unfortunately as well, the Balkans need an ally to be protected from itself and that permanent stability is ensured. Along with the protection that comes with the Alliance, it is equally important that such Alliance ensures better economy and closer ties with the countries whose values we share and that we are mutually proud of.

It is the will of the destiny that this yearÈs integration goal has been achieved in the period when we mark the 120th anniversary of the participation of our army in global peacekeeping missions. In one such mission, which was an archetype of "Blue Helmets", by which human solidarity is recognized, the army of the Principality of Montenegro took part. That January 1897, in the Obilić field, our Prince Nikola addressed 70 soldiers, eight noncommissioned officers and two officers, sending the message: "Heroes! Great European powers honored me to send one unit of my Montenegrins to join the international army in Crete, because they are convinced that Montenegrins will fulfill their duty as it befits them - honorably and heroically."

Twelve decades ago, our Prince and later our King, knew that helping those in need was a matter of honor. He knew that joining international army was an honorable commitment. That such commitment should be fulfilled honestly and bravely. Honestly because it is imperative ethical vertical of this region and bravely because without bravery there would be no freedom or state. There would be no Montenegro.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Now when we have eternal state and eternal freedom, honor, honesty and heroism require our unity. They require that we should turn to each other in cherishing our multi-national and multi-confessional country and preciousness of our minorities. We have many close ties, but we are the closest to each other. Only united and collected can we build a better future for Montenegro in peace and harmony.

May God save Montenegro.
May harmony and peace be with everyone.
May Montenegro be eternal. more
June 07, 2017

Brussels: Montenegro 29th NATO member country
President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović delivered the speech today at the NATO Headquarters at the Flag-Rising Ceremony marking MontenegroÈs accession to NATO.

Former Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Đukanović as well as current and former Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Defense attended the ceremony as members of the official delegation.

The address by the President of Montenegro:

Mr. Secretary General,
Excellences, Ladies and
Gentlemen,

It is indeed an extraordinary honor and pleasure to be celebrating the most important milestone today, the greatest success for Montenegro since it regained independence. A long-waited and well-deserved day. I believe that 7 June will also be remembered as an important day for the Alliance. Eight years since the last enlargement, Alliance now has a new member.

The flag of Montenegro will now proudly stand in front of NATO as a symbol of secure and prosperous future of Montenegro, which now fully belongs to the Euro Atlantic family of nations. Today everything is about the future, a future that now looks brighter for Montenegro. I will therefore mention history on this occasion just to say that this is truly a historic day for Montenegro.

Ever since 2006, when Montenegro returned to the map of Europe, we have worked steadily toward this goal. There were many challenges, difficult and sometimes painful decisions and reforms. Hard work and commitment are always adequately valued. We have overcome many obstacles, and in this process, we have become a better country. Rest assured, we will continue to work to improve ourselves even more. This is not the end, but a beginning of new Montenegro. A country that will continue to strive to be better and further its path towards EU integration for a better society and prosperity for its people. A country that will be more secure and safe, with a new chance to realize its potentials for the benefit of its citizens, with more opportunities for economic growth. A country that will continue to be a credible friend, constructive neighbor, a good example in difficult environment that brings more stability to our region. A country that will contribute to the best of its capacities and abilities to address the challenges Alliance, Europe and the world are facing today.

An ally you can count on. An ally that counts on you.

The importance of this day is momentous not just for us but for our region too. Another country of the Western Balkans and South East Europe is joining the greatest military Alliance in the world, thus contributing to peace and stability on the south of Europe. With Montenegro in NATO the Northern Mediterranean coast from Turkey to Portugal is part of the Euro Atlantic community. One of the most successful and transformational NATO policies - the open door policy is being reconfirmed today. This vividly sends a strong message that the perspective of membership is alive and that hard work is rewarded.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We wouldnÈt be here today without tireless efforts of hundreds of people in all spheres of our society that worked together and believed together in our NATO future. Today with us here are former Prime Minister Milo Đukanović and current and former Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Defense, so I take this opportunity to express my respect and appreciation to them.

But we also wouldnÈt be here without you. I want to express the gratitude of Montenegro for the help and support we have received from our friends and allies. I want to thank NATO and the Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for his continuous and strong support, advice and friendship, which reflects his vision and knowledge he has about the region and importance of NATO open door policy. I want to thank the member countries from the region that have seen our success as their own: Slovenia, as our contact country for four years, was a great support on our road, but also Croatia and Albania. Our special gratitude goes to Hungary too, the last contact point country for Montenegro.

I would also like to thank all other NATO countries, which have been great supporters and provided us with expertize, knowledge, assistance and advice, even criticism when needed, be it here or back home, within the mission in Afghanistan, in building our defense and security sector or strengthening our political system and rule of law. I want particularly to thank all the NATO members for the efficient ratification of the Protocol on Montenegro’s accession.

We share our success with you, as we are happy to share this great day with all of you.

Dear friends,

The new era for Montenegro begins today. Montenegro will be a responsible Ally, who will uphold, promote and protect the values of the Euro Atlantic community to which it rightfully belongs. Back in December 2015 when we got the invitation we stated that was a beginning of a true friendship. Today, we are at beginning of a valued alliance, based on strength, solidarity and unity.

With our flag forever in front of the NATO, may Montenegro be eternal.

Thank you! more
November 03, 2014

Austria: President Vujanović at the Conference in the UN Headquarters in Vienna
At the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović participated at the Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries, which was held in the UN Headquarters in Vienna.

President Vujanović was a keynote speaker at the main panel of the Conference, together with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, UNDP Chief Administrator, Helen Clark, President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili and Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden, Isabella Lovin.

The address of the President as follows:


Dear UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
Dear representatives of the UN member states,
Dear hosts, representatives of the Austrian Government,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honoured to address you on behalf of Montenegro and confirm that Montenegro joins the efforts of the United Nations and Secretary-General in solving special needs of the developing and least developed countries. Economic growth of these countries has significantly been limited due to their distance from the world market. As a transit and geographically small country, Montenegro sends a clear message from this Conference: the need for mobilization of additional international support for the landlocked developing countries as well as renewal of partnership with international financial and development institutions for these countries. This is crucial for full implementation of the basic document for the work of this Conference - Almaty Programme of Action.

After ten years, we can be sure that development of infrastructure and connection, integration of transport systems, especially railway system, together with fostering legal basis for cooperation with transit countries, are prerequisites for economic progress of the landlocked developing countries. The role of the United Nations in this context is important, especially when it comes to better coordination of technical and financial assistance, primarily financial institutions - UN affiliations- World Bank, IFC and major donors, as well as ensuring concessional credits. more
October 17, 2014

Geneva: President of Montenegro at the Crans Montana Forum
President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović took part in the panel "Securing a long-term stability in the South Eastern Europe", which was held today in the framework of the Crans Montana Forum dedicated to "Homeland and Global Security" in Geneva.

The address of the President Vujanović as follows:

Distinguished Presidents and participants of the Forum,
Dear Ambassador Carteron,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to express my appreciation to the Ambassador Jean Paul Carteron for dedicating special session to the stability in the South East Europe in the framework of this Forum. Geneva and Switzerland are, indeed, inspirational for discussion on this topic, as their history proved that long-term peace and coexistence of different nations is not an utopia, but a feasible reality.

When analyzing stability of the South East Europe, we must always have in mind that we talk about the region where extensive war conflicts took place in the last century, including both World Wars. The Balkan wars preceded the World War I. The First World War, the centenary of which has been marked this year, started in the Balkan region. The Second World War caused huge loss of lives and devastation in the South East Europe. Only 45 years after its end, new tragic conflict took place in the Balkans, so that the end of the last and beginning of this century would be remembered by victims and devastation as a result of breakup of former Yugoslavia. more
September 24, 2014

New York: President of Montenegro in a Session of the United Nations General Assembly
The following is the speech by President Vujanović:

Distinguished Presidency,
Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I wish to express my high appreciation for the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon’s efforts in promoting and achieving peace, security and prosperity in the world.

Allow me, then, to extend due acknowledgement to the President of the previous session of the General Assembly of the UN, Mr. John William Ashe for his achievements and to express the best wishes to Mr. Sam Kutesa, President of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the UN, and confirm MontenegroČs readiness to full cooperation aimed at his successful performance of this high duty. more
September 24, 2014

New York: President Vujanović in a meeting of the Open Government Partnership at the 69th UN General Assembly
The President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović participated today in a UN conference entitled: “Open Government Partnership” held at the UN Headquarters, where, on the occasion of the prize award ceremony, he presented the second prize of the Open Government Partnership’s international initiative in a competition of the best projects from 33 world countries which promote citizen involvement in public policy. The prize was awarded to the coordinator of the campaign “Be responsible. ItÈs up to you. Zero Grey Economy” Vuk Vujnović from the Public Relations Bureau in the Government of Montenegro and Professor Slobodan Đukanović, Coordinator of the Creative Programming Team at the Faculty for Electrical Engineering in Podgorica.

The following is the text of the speech by President Vujanović:

Distinguished Co-Chairs,
Your Excellences Heads of State and Government,
Distinguished delegates,

First of all, I would like to commend Open Government Partnership activities on the occasion of its third year anniversary. I believe that all of us share gratitude for an excellent leadership of Indonesia as well as good wishes for full success of Mexico in that role in the forthcoming year.

Montenegro has been working with determination over the years to enhance partnership of the Government with the civil sector and individual citizens. As a result, its civil sector comprises 1500 active Civil Organizations, which is a remarkable figure given that population of Montenegro is 620.000. The Government has reiterated its call for partnership with civil sector on a number of occasions, involving Civil Organizations into legislature process and governmental working groups. more
September 23, 2014

New York: President of Montenegro Addresses UN Climate Summit
The President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović addressed today the Climate Summit at the United Nations Headquarters.

The following is the text of the speech by President Vujanović:

Distinguished Chair,
Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I wish to express my gratitude to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for the organization of the Climate Summit. The Summit is an exceptional opportunity for the UN member states, representatives of public, private and civil sectors to present their estimates and ideas with a view to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening the climate resistance. The Summit is also an opportunity to mobilize the political will towards the global 2015 Agreement. The fact that the Summit is not a part of the negotiation process within the UN Framework Convention (UNFCCC) contributes to the acceptance of opinions and ideas from various levels and sectors.

Montenegro has an active and constructive relation towards the negotiations within this Framework Convention and attributes great attention to other international initiatives supporting the UN efforts in reaching a new international agreement on climate. more
July 12, 2014

Cetinje: Statehood Day of Montenegro
On the occasion of July 13, Statehood Day, the President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović hosted an official reception in Blue Palace in Cetinje.

The reception was attended by a great number of invitees, representatives of political, scientific, cultural, economic, public and sports life of Montenegro, as well as national heroes and former state officials.

The representatives of diplomatic corps and high representatives of international organizations and institutions were also present.

The following is the text of the speech given by the President:

Dear citizens of Montenegro,
Dear citizens of the Old Royal Capital of Cetinje,
Distinguished State and Local-Government Officials,
Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,


There are many important and great dates in our centuries-long history that we all have been rightly proud of. And each date is a symbol of fight for and defence of freedom and humanity. However, July 13th, our Statehood Day, holiday of all our citizen, surpasses each of them and deserves the widest respect.

The first July 13th, back in 1878, when independence of Montenegro was recognized at the Berlin Congress, lifted Montenegro to the heights, placing it among other free European states and nations. The second July 13th, back in 1941, was the date when the citizens of Montenegro, in the great anti-fascist uprising, massively and determinedly, beyond all ideological and social boundaries, said "NO" to the fascism and subjection, thus eternally and widely celebrating freedom-loving spirit of Montenegro, in the then occupied Europe. more
June 29, 2014

President of Montenegro in Sarajevo
The President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović attended the concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra which took place in Sarajevo, on June 28, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Besides the host, Chairman of the BiH Presidency, Bakir Izetbegović, the concert was also attended by the presidents of Austria Heinz Fischer, Croatia Ivo Josipović, Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov and other high dignitaries. more
June 25, 2014

Romania: Address by President Vujanović at the SEECP Summit
President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović held speech today at the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the South East European Cooperation Process.

Address by President Vujanović :

Your Excellencies,
Dear friends,

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to our host, President Bãsescu for the warm welcome and excellent organization of the Summit.

Montenegro strongly supports all regional processes and it has been fully committed to the improvement of good cooperation with the neighbouring countries and the region. In this context, the South East Cooperation Process has a special value, not only for its contributions to the stability and cooperation in the region, but also for its important role in wider integrations.

The SEECP has been successfully promoting values of each country in the region for already 18 years now, representing a political forum in the interest of dialogue, mutual understanding and progress in the integration processes of the South East European countries that have been in these processes.

As an important regional mechanism, the SEECP will continue to assist us in finding the solution for open issues. Democratic ambiance of the region is such that value of the political dialogue in solving open issues is a clear and permanent commitment. In this dialogue, the role of regional initiatives and organizations is of paramount importance. more
June 22, 2014

Rabat: President Vujanović Meets the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco
President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanović met today in Rabat with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco, Abelilah Benkirane, who informed him of the political and economic situation in that state. He stated that the economic situation is very stable and that tourism and agriculture, with healthy food production are the most important part of their economy.

Prime Minister Abelilah Benkirane proposed that the Governments and commercial associations establish communication so that the room for better economic ties would be created.

President Vujanović stated that our economies are compatible in many fields and that we could establish close cooperation in terms of tourism and trade, especially by using the advantages of major ports in both countries.

President stated that it would be useful to arrange a visit by a business delegation to Montenegro, with which the Prime Minister Abelilah Benkirane agreed. more
June 21, 2014

Rabat: Women’s Rights Forum
The Women’s Rights Forum was held today in Rabat within the Crans Montana Forum; Mrs. Svetlana Vujanović, spouse of the President of Montenegro delivered a speech on that occasion.

In her address, she sent a message that it is not enough to just stipulate the women’s rights by law, they have to be motivated to participate in all spheres of social life.

That is why she considers that education on women’s rights should be given special attention, not only with a view to reducing the pressure of traditionalism, but also with a view to enhancing their engagement within the society.

President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca also attended the Forum. more
June 21, 2014

Rabat: President Vujanović Meets the President of Malta
During the Crans Montana Forum held in Rabat, the President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović met the President of Malta, Maria Louise Coleiro Preca.

The President expressed his satisfaction over the comprehensive and intensive relations of Montenegro and Malta, as well as numerous inter-state agreements providing for high-quality cooperation in all fields. He stated that the economic cooperation could be improved and that wide possibilities for economic connecting should be used.

President of Malta, Maria Louise Coleiro Preca has agreed with President Vujanović that we had achieved a high level of inter-state relations, pointing out to the fact that it is in our joint interest to improve the economic relations. Further activities of state bodies and commercial associations should be dedicated to this goal, according to the President of Malta, Maria Louise Coleiro Preca. more
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