Croatia was admitted to the United Nations on 22 May 1992. By hoisting its flag outside the UN building on 22 May 1992, with then Croatian President Franjo Tudjman and UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali attending, Croatia was admitted to the organisation together with Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The statement issued by the ministry points out that during the first years of the membership “the priority of Croatia’s diplomatic efforts in the UN was to ensure the cessation of the Great Serbian aggression as soon as possible.”
Also the priority was given to the recognition and the defence of the internationally recognised borders of the Republic of Croatia, the care for hundred of thousands of internally displaced persons in Croatia and refugees arriving from Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the peaceful reintegration of the occupied areas which had been under control of the Serb rebels.
After its admission to the UN, Croatia affirmed itself on the global political scenes through its active participation in many bodies of the UN.
Croatia has been a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and also a member of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Human Rights Council, the Peacebuilding Commission and other bodies and commissions.
The statement highlights a significant contribution of Croatian troops, police officers and diplomats in the UN-run peace missions.
Croatia sits on ECOSOC in the 2022-2024 period, for the second time.
Croatia is taking active part in the implementation of many initiatives and reform processes launched by the UN, including the initiative for responsible use of the right to veto, aimed at holding the five permanent Council members accountable for their use of veto, and the Responsibility to Protection concept.
Croatia gives firm support to multilateralism as a form of global cooperation and finds that the present-day challenges require joint approach and concerted effort..
The ministry says that the 30th anniversary of the UN membership will be marked at a conference on 30 years of Croatia’s international recognition, scheduled for 29 May.
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