Global Goals offer ‘special opportunity’ to change course of development, Bosnian leader tells General Assembly

UN Photo/Cia Pak Željko Komšić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly’s General Debate. (24 September 2019)

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.


The world now has “a special opportunity to change the course of development”, the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina told the UN General Assembly’s annual general debate on Tuesday.

From the podium, Željko Komšic spoke at length about the 2030 Agenda  and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sharing his country’s enthusiasm about creating “a self-sustaining environment that will benefit everyone”.

In July, his country attended the UN High-level Political Forum in New York where, for the first time, it presented its voluntary national review as part of monitoring SDGs implementation.

“By adopting the 2030 Agenda, Bosnia and Herzegovina has committed itself to initiating a systematic monitoring and supervision process for the implementation of this global agenda that integrates the social, economic and environmental dimension of development” he said, adding that its successful implementation “requires an agreement on foreseeable coherent and sufficient funding”.

Mr. Komšic said that his country views the 2030 transformative agenda as “an opportunity and a mechanism of change”, to “comprehensively promote the social, economic and environmental aspects of the life of our population”.

And he expressed his hope that the review of his nations’ implementation activities will be finalized by the end of 2019.

Regional concerns

Bilateral relations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and its neighbours are at the top of the country’s foreign policy priorities and serve as the foundation for continuous cooperation improvement, “based on mutual interest and the principal of equality, respect for one another and respect for State sovereignty and territorial integrity”, Mr. Komšic explained.

However, he pointed out that within his country’s borders, he “occasionally witnesses” neighbouring nations’ activities, which cause “unrest and a degree of destabilization” that do not contribute to good neighbourly relations.

Peaceful solutions

Expressing concern over the ongoing escalation of world violence, Mr. Komšic called for “an end of combat” and more cooperation on peaceful solutions.

“Bosnia and Herzegovina has the principal view that the protection of civilians, respect for human rights and humanitarian law are a necessary priority in international relations”, he said, adding that his country prioritizes lasting peace and security in “all parts of the world”.

He singled out the importance of a world without nuclear weapons as the “ultimate goal”, saying that Bosnia and Herzegovina focuses on fulfilling its commitments with an emphasis on dialogue, and non-proliferation cooperation.

Turning to peacekeeping, Mr. Komšic said that his country welcomes the UN’s commitment to support the participation of women in peacekeeping missions, pointing out “with particular pleasure” that Bosnia and Herzegovina is “one of the few countries that has been fulfilling its stated goals for a long time” – with over 20 per cent of women participating in peacekeeping missions.

He informed the Hall that in January his country signed the agreement on the suppression of sexual exploitation and abuse, which obliges Bosnia and Herzegovina to hold everyone responsible for all forms of sexual exploitation in UN peacekeeping or other humanitarian operations with zero tolerance for “this type of deviant behaviour”.       

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

How climate change exacerbates the refugee crisis – and what can be done about it

The three sins the EU committed in 2015

FROM THE FIELD: Argentina Preserving Pristine Forests

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into Broadcom and sends Statement of Objections seeking to impose interim measures in TV and modem chipsets markets

These scientists are using sound waves to filter plastic fibres from washing machine wastewater

eGovernmnet for more efficiency, equality and democracy

Global aid needed for healthcare

JADE at European Business Summit 2015

Women’s rights: MEPs call for action to fight backlash against gender equality

Claude Akpokavie, Senior ILO Adviser:“Engaging in policy debates and organizing workers, are two key challenges faced by unions in Export processing zones”

India: step up reform efforts to increase quality jobs and incomes

Indonesia’s imams are joining the fight against plastic bags

More refugees being helped by family, work and study permits, finds OECD and UNHCR study

IQ scores have been falling for decades, new study finds

More urgency needed to help increasing numbers ‘locked out’, before 2030, says UN’s Bachelet

India is building a high-tech sustainable city from scratch

Brexit: MEPs concerned over reported UK registration plans for EU27 citizens

Thai cave boys spared thundershowers, highlighting extreme climate disruption: UN weather agency

Scientists just got closer to making nuclear fusion work

How Hawaii plans to be the first US state to run entirely on clean energy

Disease slashing global meat output, cereals boom, bananas under watch: FAO

Managers’ pay under fire

International Day of Cooperatives sets stage for long-standing production and consumption

Will the outcome of the UK referendum “calm” the financial markets?

Greece’s last Eurogroup or the beginning of a new solid European Union?

In tech-driven 21st century, achieving global development goals requires closing digital gender divide

COP21 Business update: Companies urge now for carbon pricing as coal is still a big issue

Atomic agency cites concerns over Iran testing sites, offers COVID-19 assistance

Europe, US and Russia haggle over Ukraine’s convulsing body; Russians and Americans press on for an all out civil war

More women and girls needed in the sciences to solve world’s biggest challenges

EC v Samsung: A whole year to compile a case

We won’t win the online security war without people power

These 5 countries plan to slash their CO2 emissions. But how will they do it?

UN recorded 64 new allegations of sexual exploitation or abuse in the past three months

Can the banking union help Eurozone counter its imminent threats?

IMF: When high yield goes boom

Heard about deepfakes? Don’t panic. Prepare

Here’s how business needs to change for a new decade

This is how Europe is helping companies and workers as the coronavirus crisis deepens

Young health workforce – a core of effective primary healthcare?

How to change the world at Davos

The influence of the multilateral agreement on migrant health

Be a part of the World Forum on Future Trends in Defence and Security

Syria: Thousands of children ‘hemmed in’ by ‘brutal and gratuitous’ spike in violence

IMF: The near-term outlook for the U.S. economy is one of strong growth and job creation

UN commission agrees roadmap on ensuring women’s social protection, mobility, safety, and access to economic opportunities

UN recognises role of sport in achieving sustainable development

We need to protect 30% of the planet by 2030. This is how we can do it

How banking with blockchain can stamp out corruption and increase financial inclusion

French Prime Minister passes Stability Program and takes his ‘café’ in Brussels this June

When is necessary understand the cultural marks in health-disease process

Yellen and Draghi tell Trump and markets not to expedite the next crisis

UN chief sends condolences to families of Malawi flood victims

Modern society has reached its limits. Society 5.0 will liberate us

‘You can and should do more’ to include people with disabilities, wheelchair-bound Syrian advocate tells Security Council in searing speech

ISIL’s ‘legacy of terror’ in Iraq: UN verifies over 200 mass graves

EU-UK future relations: “level playing field” crucial to ensure fair competition

Time to pay up: UN summit to push for development finance breakthrough

Why salaries could finally be on the way up

This is what the world’s CEOs think about the global outlook

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s