July 11, 2019

Former President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic in Geneva

Former President of Montenegro participated today at the opening ceremony of the 7th Summit of Global Order of Dignitaries and Philanthropist, which is currently being held in Geneva, Switzerland, supported by the UN.

On this occasion, former President Vujanovic addressed following:

It gives me great honour to accept the invitation of Her Highness Princess Dr. Maria Amor Torres from the Philippines and to greet you at the opening ceremony of the G.O.D. – one of the flagship events of “We Care for Humanity”.

By adopting the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, world leaders committed themselves to build a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice and equality, without any form of discrimination. A sustainable society is a tolerant society, in which every individual is enabled to live up to his/her potential and therefore to increase the potential of the society itself.

Through the joint endeavours of the UN and political and economic leaders all over the world, we need to strengthen the voice of humanism so as to offer widely acceptable, flexible and effective solutions. Being aware of the great transformative potential of the 17 sustainable development goals and 169 related targets of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we must pay particular attention to empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality. Preservation of the environment on one hand, and inclusiveness and equality on the other, can work together, remaining central on the list of sustainable development priorities.

Along with environmental deterioration, an equally important threat nowadays is related to the increase in human rights violations. According to the World Bank, the number of people living in fragile and conflict-affected situations is projected to increase to 46% of the global population by 2030. At the same time there is an unprecedented number of people that have been forcibly removed from their homes worldwide. UNHCR estimates that 65.6 million individuals were forcibly displaced at the end of 2016 as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations. The rapidly increasing number of crises across the world is a tremendous threat that calls for our prompt action towards a sustainable future for generations to come.

Implementation of the Paris Agreement is another key challenge of mankind. As governments seek to deliver an emissionneutral economy by the middle of this century, the implications of the Paris Agreement for the future energy sector will be extraordinary in their scale and scope. Renewable energy, combined with energy efficiency, offers our best chance to avoid catastrophic climate change impacts. Clean energy solutions with a particular role for renewables must be a part of any viable solution to mitigate climate change.

The responses to the challenges of today need to lead to the development of a more solid, happy and sustainable world. Education must be at the centre of our efforts to liberate the hidden potential of humankind for transforming our reality. A green economy, environmental upgrading, poverty reduction and social inclusion, basically requires quality education policies.

The responses of my country – Montenegro – are foreseen within the implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development by 2030. It represents a long-term development strategy of Montenegro which sets out solutions for the sustainable development of Montenegrin society with the aim of fully embracing the requirements set out in the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development.

With the expectation that the implementation of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development will shape our responses to the emerging needs of today, please allow me to conclude by wishing all of us productive work towards sustainable humanitarianism.

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