H.E. Mr. Filip Vujanović, President
26 September 2008
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FILIP VUJANOVIĆ, President of Montenegro, noted that his country, whose statehood had been democratically restored in 2006, was the most recent Member of the United Nations. Statehood represented both political freedom and political responsibility. The United Nations, with its core values of multilateralism, provided a reliable framework for maintaining international peace and security, strengthening democracy, protecting human rights, respecting international law, and fostering economic and social development.
To enhance those capabilities, he supported pragmatically oriented reform, especially strengthening the authority of the Assembly and other principal bodies. Most important to the reform process was the transformation of the Security Council, to provide equitable regional representation, greater transparency and improved working methods.
He said the foundation of national and regional stability was respect for human rights, improved minority and faith-based rights and strengthening relations with neighbouring countries. Therefore, his country focused on the rule of law and the fight against corruption and organized crime.
Representing a country in transition, he supported implementation of the Monterrey Consensus. The economic challenges of such countries impacted how they tackled other issues, making implementation of the Millennium Declaration imperative, especially for those in Africa. It was also vital to resolve the energy crisis and its concomitant impact on rising food prices and food security, in addition to the issues of climate change and the Millennium Development Goals. Montenegro was working towards an interactive relationship between environmental protection and the production and distribution of organic food.
He called for international trade conditions that gave preference to small-scale producers and developing countries, and favoured public-private partnerships between Governments and United Nations agencies on projects for energy efficiency. Finally, he expressed satisfaction with his country’s reform processes, based on democracy, a market economy, efficient institutions and the rule of law, noting that it was a basis for Montenegro’s integration into the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Montenegro was creating a legislative framework for deployment of its citizens in United Nations peacekeeping missions in the spirit of multilateral cooperation.