The Sustainable Development Goals in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Bosnia and Herzegovina:
28 October 2022
#ImagineChange connects people and places across Bosnia and Herzegovina to mark UN Day 2022
The Old Town Fortress in Travnik, Banski Dvor in Banja Luka, the Old Bridge in Mostar, City Hall in Brcko glowed United Nations blue to mark the 77th UN Day on 24th October. Tonight, the Olympic Museum in Sarajevo will also be illuminated in the traditional blue connecting these iconic places across Bosnia and Herzegovina in a powerful message of peace and unity. 2022 marks the 30year anniversary of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a Member State of the United Nations. For the second year, UN Day was celebrated as part of the #ImagineChange campaign which highlights sustainable development champions working every day to make positive changes in the lives of people and communities across the country. Events started in Trebinje, where the United Nations team, led by the UN Resident Coordinator Ingrid Macdonald and joined by UNDP Resident Representative Steliana Nedera, visited the Trebinje Fire Brigade – an important actor in efforts to promote disaster risk reduction. Hosted by Mayor Mirko Curic, they also visited Herzeg House which captures the heart of the famed Via Dinarica route in Herzegovina’s award winning locally produced products. In Stolac, the Principals of the First primary and Primary school, and its students, showcased their newly refurbished joint library where students and teachers gather to learn and work. A special video message by the United Nations Under-Secretary-general Alice Nderitu was shown on the occasion, while the UN Resident Coordinator and UNESCO Head of Office Siniša Šešum passed certificates of appreciation to the Principals. In Mostar, the UN team visited the Partisan Cemetery with representatives of the city, drawing attention to the importance of preserving cultural heritage, whilst sending a clear message of 'No to Hate' speech and actions that have generated damage to the memorial. Preserving tradition is an important part of a sustainable future, which is showcased by the Handmade Art Gallery in Mostar. Visited by the UN RC and UNWOMEN representative David Saunders, the gallery promotes gorgeous products made by women-led entrepreneurs in one of the most scenic locations in Mostar. The UN team joined youth activists in Tuzla, at a vibrant gathering organized by the Youth Resource Centre. Accompanied by music performed by the Rock Solid Birac band with youth musicians from Srebrenica, Milici, Vlasenica and Bratunac, young leaders discussed their priorities, activities, and the changes they would like to see in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the UN Resident Coordinator and the IOM Chief of Mission Laura Lungarotti. The closing ceremony of Monday events was held in Brcko, where the UN team was welcomed by Mayor Esed Kadric and the OHR Brcko Supervisor Mennuti, at a reception before the multi-awarded theatre play “Game” performed by Mostar Youth Theatre and supported by UNHCR. Based on the real-life events of people who traveled through Bosnia and Herzegovina seeking refuge, the play echoes the universal message of the value of peace, resilience, and tolerance. "On behalf of the United Nations, I thank the people and authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina for joining the UN Day Imagine Change campaign and for all that has been contributed to the United Nations and the multilateral system over the past 30 years of the countries' membership at the UN. The United Nations was founded out of hope — and resolve — following the Second World War, to move beyond global conflict to global cooperation. There have been many challenges to this mission, including in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Yet, as the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has emphasized, now, more than ever, it is imperative for us to bring to life the values and principles of the UN Charter in all corners of the world. By connecting people and places across Bosnia and Herzegovina we see the unity and commitment of communities to these values and to making a better, greener, more inclusive, and fairer future for all," said Ingrid Macdonald, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With the support of OHCHR, the UN Resident Coordinator also met with human rights defenders and civil society organizations in Banja Luka. The representatives discussed how they are working to promote transparency, rule of law, quality education and a heathy environment and they emphasized the need to be able to work free from intimidation or reprisals. In Medjugorje, UNICEF and UNHCR Representatives Khan and Gagne provided laptops and school equipment to Ukrainian refugee children who are trying to continue their education in accordance with the Ukrainian curriculum with the hope that they will soon be able to return to home. The UN Day 2022 marking was officially closed with lighting up of the Sarajevo Olympic Museum, and a presentation of some of the winning projects under UNFPA's Youth Lab Programme on Wednesday. The United Nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina is committed to supporting people, communities and leaders across the country to shape a peaceful and prosperous future where no one is left behind. For UN Day 2022, we thank the many #ImagineChange champions and partners working every-day to make a better, greener, and more inclusive future for all.
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24 October 2021
UN Festival #ZamisliPromijeni / #ImagineChange gathers almost a hundred participants and thousands of citizens
More environmental protection, life without conflicts, true respect for human rights, better perspectives and more employment opportunities – that is the future that the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina imagine in 25 years from now. By promoting culture, creativity and creation, innovation and entrepreneurship, equality but also diversity, heritage, art and ecology, the United Nations (UN) in Bosnia and Herzegovina marked its day with the #ImagineChange Festival at the Zemaljski muzej in Sarajevo. Twenty selected participants of the fair, youth bands, musicians, chefs, animators and poets – all partners of UN agencies, funds and programs in BiH, who are actively working on positive changes in their local communities and beyond, made a visit to the Zemaljski muzej an unforgettable and different experience for thousands of citizens. Participants of the #ImagineChange Festival came from different cities and municipalities all across Bosnia and Herzegovina. The partnership between the United Nations in BiH and the Zemaljski muzej provided free entrance to the Museum from October 21st to 24th, celebrating the UN Day. More importantly, it reminded citizens that the treasury of the Museum is safeguarding traces of the rich past and the cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina, so they responded to the invitation to visit in large numbers. ”2021 was a challenging year for the world, including for so many of the people that the United Nations works with in Bosnia and Herzegovina. But through our work across BiH, we continue to see innovators, entrepreneurs, change makers, activists, and everyday people, working tirelessly to positively contribute to the development of their communities and the country. Some of these people and organizations - impressive change makers - joined us to celebrate the UN Day and showcase the many possibilities which exist across this country. They are the people who are paving the way towards gender equality and the empowerment of women; quality education; entrepreneurship and youth start-ups; climate action and environmental protection; healthy aging; food production and security and agricultural development, and much more. They are imagining change and making it happen. At this challenging time, when political rhetoric takes so much public space, it’s important to highlight the many positive voices and actions that happen every day, and to move past divisive narratives. We hope that they can be an inspiration to all”, said dr. Ingrid Macdonald, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in BiH. This year's UN Day is marked under the slogan #ImagineChange in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which celebrates all those heroes and changemakers who are, step by step, initiating positive changes in their communities, but it also invites all of us to imagine and work on changes that are important to us. Radomirka Alić, the founder of a small family business - Cafe Confectionery "Slatki zalogaj" Srebrenica was among the exhibitors. Great attendance and interest in Radomirka's stand marked the very beginning of the Festival. "Participation in the Festival is a great honor and joy. I am positively surprised and I did not expect that there would be so many people, and that they would like our program so much, part of which we brought for tasting. I am happy to have had the opportunity to work with the United Nations through the ”Biz Up” program late last year. We started our business with two goals - the first is to provide a job, and the second is to create a place in Srebrenica where everyone can gather, where it doesn't matter who you are or what you are - a place that breaks down prejudices and stereotypes 365 days a year." The moderation duo of the Festival were Haris Bilalović and Aida Vehabović - a seventeen-year-old girl from Kakanj, an award-winning actress who breaks down prejudices and who says: “It is a great honour to be invited to co-host the United Nations birthday program and I am happy to write down in my memory book yet another striking event with the UN. My most important message is that young people should be given opportunities to stay here in Bosnia and Herzegovina, because we too can create and work like other countries if we make a change. The world remains with us young people, and if we start to change what doesn’t suit us, it will be a fantastic proof that we are doing well. From the sustainable development goals, I would single out education in the first place - education and practical work. Of course, everything depends on us young people and I hope that we will be able to make changes and that future generations will have more quality education." United Nations agencies, funds and programs have promoted cooperation with people, companies, organizations and institutions throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, which they support in creating and implementing change in their communities, in cooperation with their international partners and donors. The United Nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina is thankful to the UN agencies and partners: Nevid teatar, Muzička škola Banja Luka, AIESEC, Vjeko Kramer, youth bands Zelene oči, Krx, AMD and VuciBAtine who are working jointly in Srebrenica, Bratunac and Vlasenica, and also to Balkantina Sarajevo, SOR Narcis Posušje, Outdoor/Aquabalkan Konjic, NVO Genesis and UPSHIFT, the band Deminutiv, Healthy Aging Center Novo Sarajevo, coffee confectionery Slatki zalogaj Srebrenica, chocolate shop Bashka, BHWI Foundation, IOM Fashion Corner, Disaster Risk Reduction Program for Sustainable Development, IT Girls Initiative and all other participants of the Festival who have enriched the program and who imagine and change their environment for the better every day.
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01 June 2021
A Partnership for Sustainable Development: Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2021-2025
This Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (CF), adopted by the BiH Council of Ministers at its 22nd Session on 16 December 2020 and reconfirmed by the BiH Presidency at its 114th Extraordinary Session on 5 March 2021, will guide the work of authorities in BiH and the UN system until 2025. This framework builds on the successes of our past cooperation and it represents a joint commitment to work in close partnership for results as defined in this Cooperation Framework that will help all people in BiH to live longer, healthier and more prosperous and secure lives. This Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (CF) describes four strategic priorities for joint work by 2025: Sustainable, resilient and inclusive growth Quality, accessible and inclusive education, health and social protection People centered governance and rule of law Citizen and community engagement for social cohesion The authorities in BiH and the UN system have mutual accountability for the achievement of planned CF results. Based on their comparative advantages, UN system agencies will contribute policy advice, in accordance with international norms, standards, and best practices, and they will help to develop new capacities at all levels of government in BiH for the implementation and monitoring of strategies, policies and plans in BiH. Emphasis is placed on those strategies, policies and plans that align strongly with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and targets as set forth in the emerging SDGs Framework in BiH. This is our Partnership for Sustainable Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina. See more on the official signing of the Cooperation Framework: https://bosniaherzegovina.un.org/en/127284-partnership-sustainable-development
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17 June 2022
2021 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina Results Report
The 2021–2025 United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), signed with the Bosnia and Herzegovina Council of Ministers in May 2021, outlines four strategic priorities with five outcomes for joint work by 2025: Sustainable resilient and inclusive growth Quality accessible and inclusive education, health and social protection People centered governance and rule of law Citizen and community engagement for social cohesion In 2021, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Bosnia and Herzegovina made a notable contribution towards the convergence of economic growth and sustainable and inclusive development. This report highlights the key results achieved under the 4 pillars.
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24 March 2021
UN Principles and Resources on Preventing and Reporting Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
Addressing and preventing sexual exploitation and abuse is a top priority of the United Nations. Sexual exploitation and abuse violate universally recognized international standards, harm the victim(s), and have always been unacceptable behaviour and prohibited conduct for UN staff, as per the Secretary-General’s Bulletin (2003) on Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. In February 2018, the United Nations endorsed the UN Protocol on Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Involving Implementing Partners. The UN Protocol sets forth requirements for all the UN entities when implementing programmes with partners in the field, including government, civil society and other partners, to ensure adequate safeguards and appropriate action related to sexual exploitation and abuse. The UN in BiH adheres to the Six Core Principles on standards of conduct outlined in the Secretary-General’s Bulletin on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (2003) and has zero tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and abuse. The UN in BiH operationalizes the UN Protocol on Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Involving Implementing Partners and its requirements by, inter alia, incorporating prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse standards in all partnership agreements. The UN looks forward to working with all partners to jointly strengthen prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse in order to create a safer and more protective environment for every individual. The UN takes all reports of wrongdoing by its staff or affiliated personnel seriously. You are strongly encouraged to report in good faith any instances of sexual exploitation and abuse of which you become aware. Reports may be submitted anonymously, and information provided will be treated confidentially. For reporting procedures, follow the link: https://www.un.org/preventing-sexual-exploitation-and-abuse/content/how-report UN-system wide policies and protocols can be found here: https://www.un.org/preventing-sexual-exploitation-and-abuse/ Zero tolerance - Fact Sheet on the UN Secretary General's initiatives can be found at this link UN PSEA Glossary can be found at this link
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07 September 2022
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