UNDP support to Serbia’s development and its EU accession appreciated by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar VučićJun 15, 2016
Belgrade - SERBIA, 15. June 2016. – UNDP support to development and Serbia’s EU accession, appreciated by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić with reiterated committments to continued partnership during the meeting today with Cihan Sultanoğlu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS.
The Prime Minister of Serbia underlined the appreciation for the support delivered by UNDP to the people and government of Serbia during and after the catastrophic flooding of 2014, without which the subsequent recovery would not have been as expeditious as it was. Moreover, this immediate recovery was followed by the variety of infrastructural and other investments implemented by UNDP with a view to reducing future disaster risks.
The UNDP Country Office played a major role in mobilizing international support during and after the floods but also outside of this disaster. The total value of the projects implemented by UNDP in Serbia between 2010 and 2015 exceeds US$ 38 million.
Cihan Sultanoğlu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS underlined UNDP’s commitment to supporting Serbia’s development and its ongoing progress towards EU membership. It works towards eradicating poverty and unemployment, enhancing energy efficiency and environmental protection, gender equality and support to marginalized groups.
The meeting resulted in mutual agreement on joint collaborations and partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB) in ensuring Serbia is able to develop a more favorable economic and entrepreneurial climate.
Finally, UNDP’s support to Serbia’s achievement of its Millennium Development Goals was recognized as particularly noteworthy, especially in halving poverty rates well ahead of deadline.
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