Press Release

The United Nations marks the UN Day and 73rd anniversary of its founding Charter

24 October 2018

  • The UN Country Team in Serbia reaffirms its commitment to support the people and Government of Serbia to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals while simultaneously contributing to the country’s EU accession aspirations and all its reform processes

Belgrade, 24 October 2018 – Marking the United Nations 73rd anniversary of its founding Charter, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on member states to “Reaffirm commitment. To repair broken trust. To heal our planet. To leave no one behind. To uphold dignity for one and all, as united nations. He put a spotlight on inequalities, climate change and human rights violations and urgent action to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Supporting Serbia’s development journey, the UN Country Team reaffirms its commitment to support the Government of the Republic of Serbia and its citizens in ongoing reform efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals under the global 2030 Agenda set by UN member states.

"Progress towards achieving the development goals contained in the Agenda 2030 and EU integration are inseparable reform processes aimed at improving the lives of people in Serbia. The UN Country Team in Serbia will continue supporting the ongoing efforts of the Serbian people to contextualize and adapt the Sustainable Development Goals to the national and municipal levels in line with the ongoing EU accession and related reform processes,” says Karla Hershey, the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia.

The UN Country Team has already begun to provide relevant knowledge and technical assistance through the United Nations Development Partnership Framework 2016-2020 signed between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the UN Country Team in Serbia valued at 170 million US dollars. The strategic framework focuses on governance, rule of law, social and human resources development, economic and employment growth, environment, climate change and resilient communities, as well as culture and development. 

The Republic of Serbia has already announced its intention to present  its first voluntary national review on the  progress towards Agenda 2030 at the 2019 meeting of  the High-Level Political Forum in New York. Voluntary national reviews aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The 2019 review  will address the theme, ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’.  It will review all SDGs and with special attention to the following ones: SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), in addition to SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals).


About the UN Day:

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.

The United Nations marks the UN Day and 73rd anniversary of its founding Charter

Aleksandra Stamenkovic UN

Aleksandra Stamenkovic

Communications Officer

UN entities involved in this initiative

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
International Labor Organization
International Organization for Migration
United Nations Environment Programme
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nations Children’s Fund
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
United Nations Office for Project Services
United Nations Volunteers
World Health Organization