Minister Poposki Takes Part in Meeting of National Steering Committee Overseeing UN Joint Programme on Enhancing Interethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration in Macedonia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Poposki, has taken part in a meeting today with the Heads of Office of UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO in the Republic of Macedonia and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to the country, the purpose of which has been to discuss the results from the implementation of the UN Joint Programme on Enhancing Interethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration in the Republic of Macedonia.

The Programme was being implemented from July 2009 to July 2012 with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Local Self-Government and the Secretariat for Implementation of the Ohrid Framework of the Republic of Macedonia acting as the Programme’s national implementing partners. 

The objective of the Programme, which is financially supported by the Government of the Kingdom of Spain under the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) is to effectively strengthen the local and national capacities for transforming conflicts and promoting interethnic community dialogue in the country for the purpose of building civil awareness. 

At the meeting, acting on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and in his capacity of Co-Chair of the National Steering Committee overseeing the implementation of the Programme, Minister Poposki has expressed his satisfaction with the Programme’s implementation and the results it has achieved. In that context, he has underlined that Programme has been successful in meeting its set priorities of strengthening the national capacities for promoting greater interethnic cohesion and enhanced inter-ethnic tolerance, encouraging dialogue among the young with a view to peacefully resolving conflicts and building consensus at both the national and local levels for the purpose of strengthening interethnic dialogue.

In their addresses at the meeting, the representatives of the offices of the international organizations in the Republic of Macedonia have offered valuable information on the Programme’s course of implementation from 2009 to 2012. On that note, they have underlined that the Programme itself has been fully implemented and the objectives as set under it such as strengthening national systems and capacities for transforming conflicts, reinforcing the capacities of the national education system for managing cultural and ethnic diversity, as well as promoting inter-cultural sensitivity in building civil awareness, have all been fulfilled. 

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