Plan for a better world is only possible through partnership cooperation that begins now and includes everyone

Oct 22, 2015

UN agencies in Croatia marked United Nations Day

ZAGREB, 22 October 2015 – “The world today is faced with multiple challenges. Economic and social crisis are intertwined with climate change which impacts are beyond the borders of individual states. In this global context, the United Nations are now required more than ever to act together on the eradication of poverty, injustice and inequality reduction, and to fight against climate changes,“ said Sandra Vlašić, Head of Office of UNDP in Croatia, on behalf of all United Nations agencies accredited in Croatia that today marked the 70th anniversary of the World Organization.

United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter, which was adopted back in 1945 by 51 countries. The Charter was adopted after the Second World War in order to preserve world peace and security, improve international cooperation and develop friendly relations among nations. Since then a lot has been done, much has changed, but the the world is facing many new challenges.

Therefore, at the UN General Assembly, held in September this year, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda, a plan for a better world in the next 15 years that consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. They include, among other things, the protection of the environment, preservation of health, right to education, access to clean energy sources, combating inequality and building strong partnerships. These Global Goals were agreed after a long term negotiation process that included all groups of society and the process was highly participatory.

“We believe that the new development agenda is ambitious and transforming, focused on five main themes: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. We think that it is possible to achieve it, but all of us needs to act, right now and in the same direction. Only through cooperation we can ensure a better future for all. There is no ‘Plan B’, because there is no ‘Planet B’, concluded Vlašić.

And how some of these goals can be put in practice showed the representatives of Centre for Peace Studies, also initiators of the Taste of Home initiative that gathers asylum seekers and refugees in Croatia around “kitchen" and food. With preparation of traditional dishes from their regions, they create job opportunities and future for themselves. Recently they launched crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for opening a new kitchen and catering, but also to build mutual trust and better integration into the community.

Representatives of Green Network of Activist Groups (ZMAG) also shared their experience which is an example of sustainable development and use of renewable sources of energy in practice. Together with UNDP, they provide access to renewable energy for families in rural areas, which creates new opportunities for development. Knowledge and solutions built on these projects are transferred to other countries: Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. 
How they see the world in 15 years and what should be done for a better future of new generations told those who will be adults then – pupils of Voltino Primary School.

On this occasion, the work of UN agencies was presented. In Croatia that are: UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP, the World Health Organization and the International Organization for Migration. A special emphasis was given to the current refugee crisis, with especially the prominent involvement of the UNHCR and UNICEF that are helping refugee families and mothers with small children; they are also purchasing equipment for the protection of people and securing transit accommodation for the winter period.