Activities of Secretary-General in Montenegro, 22-23 July

2 August 2012

Activities of Secretary-General in Montenegro, 22-23 July

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, together with his wife, Madam Ban Soon-taek, arrived from Croatia to Podgorica, Montenegro, on the afternoon of Sunday, 22 July.

His first appointment in the country was a meeting with Nebojša Kaludjerović, Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration.

Accompanied by Mr. Kaludjerović, the Secretary-General toured the site of the future common United Nations premises in Podgorica, which, upon completion, will house some 60 staff members.

Speaking to reporters, the Secretary-General said that the new Eco Building will reflect two of the United Nations priorities:  first, it will be energy-efficient, carbon-neutral and sustainable; and second, it will provide common premises for all five United Nations organizations operating in Montenegro so they can “Deliver as One”.  (See Press Release SG/SM/14426.)

The Secretary-General travelled to Cetinje, the historical capital of Montenegro, where he met with President Filip Vujanović and afterwards, they addressed the press jointly.

In his remarks, the Secretary-General said that the European Union Council’s decision to open accession negotiations illustrates Montenegro’s progress towards greater stability and prosperity in the six years since independence.

The Secretary-General and the President, accompanied by their wives, then visited the King Nikola museum before attending a dinner hosted by the President in the Secretary-General’s honour.

The evening ended with a visit to the coastal city of Kotor, a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The following morning, Monday, 23 July, the Secretary-General and Madam Ban took a helicopter tour of the Montenegrin coast.

Upon returning to Podgorica, he met with the United Nations country team and held a town hall meeting with United Nations staff serving in Montenegro.

The Secretary-General met with Ranko Krivokapić, Speaker of the Parliament, before holding talks with and attending a lunch hosted by Prime Minister Igor Lukšić.

The Secretary-General departed Montenegro in the afternoon for the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

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