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First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic - Message to the Belgrade International Model UN BIMUN 2015


In the year marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations which, according to its Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, can represent the turning point for mankind, the United Nations Association of Serbia as the oldest nongovernmental and nonprofit organization, continues the more than half-a-century-long tradition of promoting the ideals to which the UN is committed – the ideals of a better, more just and more developed world for all.

The activities of the UN Association of Serbia (UN Serbia), particularly those related to the Belgrade International UN Model – BIMUN project, highlighted for the youth in Serbia the principles and ideas to which the United Nations are committed. The road to peace is paved mainly with cooperation, respect and tolerance reflecting the principles guiding the Republic of Serbia. We are committed to dialogue and a peaceful solution of conflicts; we are promoting world peace which is best witnessed by its leading role in the region according to the number of recruited members of UN peace missions; we intend to be supportive of other UN member States in the challenging times that we are all facing.

It is unfortunate that our problems today are not only conflicts, but also natural disasters that are becoming ever more frequent and destrucive due to increasingly intensive and dangerous climatic changes threatening the future of our planet and calling for our collective effort in order to be curbed. Serbia experienced the effects of climatic changes in an extremely brutal way during last year's flooding which resulted in human casualties and vast material destruction. It is therefore important that our today's meeting is bringing this exceptionally important topic to public eye, particularly of the younger population, that the UN have last dealt with only yesterday, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Sendai, Japan.

In the Post 2015 Global Development Agenda, the position of youth figures among the sustainable development goals in the context of efforts to significantly reduce by 2020 the percentage of youth unemployment and grant them the right to quality education. UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has traditionally organized a Youth Forum this year again, to the effect of improving the position of your generation. The Republic of Serbia has actively participated in the promotion of these goals and is committed to their full implementation.

It is my sincere wish that you continue your efforts with unabated enthusiasm in order to promote and develop multilateralism in Serbia. I truly believe that the efforts of young people like you can sigificantly contribute to the implementation of global goals and ideals that have been inspiring the UN for all these years. With this objective in mind, you should continue to promote cooperation and interconnection among young people in their quest for a better and a more just world.