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Hand in hand with civil society

15.04.2016

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In the past week, we witnessed a unique historic event: for the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations, presentations provided the global public with insights into the candidates for the highest position in the most significant international organisation. This year, Slovenia has nominated a candidate for the first time. Danilo Türk, Slovenia's former president, a reputable diplomat and professor of international law, had already presented a statement of his vision of UN development. He highlighted civil society and non-governmental stakeholders as crucial partners with which the UN should build its future.

In Slovenia, we have often come to realise how significant an active and engaged civil society is for Slovenia's development, and we are still coming to realise that now, as we are preparing to integrate a large number of refugees who have requested or will request asylum. Successful integration is unimaginable without NGOs playing an active role as an indispensible part of civil society. With appropriate government support, NGOs can apply specific knowledge and pursue activities to turn obstacles to integration into opportunities.

This does not apply only to migration. This week, a national conference, ‘Final Steps to a Development Strategy’, took place in Slovenia; the purpose of the conference was to discuss strategic development guidelines for NGOs and voluntarism in the future. At the conference, Prime Minister Cerar stressed that a high-quality civil society is an important third pillar, without which there is no stable sustainable development.

It is also important to realise that an active civil society does not develop overnight and that people are crucial: engaged individuals. We should start with the young.

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