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Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Vesna Pusic on Friday organised a reception for foreign diplomats on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the UN Charter and said that the celebration was dedicated to Croatia's transformation from a country receiving to one offering development aid.

The Charter of the United Nations came into force on 24 October 1945 and at today's celebration of that day, Minister Pusic underscored that the UN supports cooperation and sustainable development as a priority of international cooperation and added that each country, regardless of its size, can be an actor in the system of international aid.

In just 20 years of membership in that global organisation, Croatia has achieved remarkable results and participated in the work of numerous, prestigious bodies and initiatives.

Croatia is an active participant in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (2013-2015) and at one time chaired and vice-chaired its Integration Segment.

This year Croatia's four-year membership expires in the Peace Building Commission (PBC). Croatia intends to actively participate in establishing the UN's new peace architecture which will be implemented at an inter-government level in late 2015 and early 2016. This is a field in which Croatia's experience - of reconstruction and reconciliation in the wake of armed conflicts and later in UN peace missions - can be of particular added value, the Foreign Ministry said.

The role and potential of women in keeping and building peace is being recognised more on the global level and Croatia has actively contributed to this as far as policy is concerned but also in the practical sense, which was confirmed in May with the training of 14 women police officers from seven African and Asian countries, the ministry noted.

Croatia actively participated in the negotiation process at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September this year and its objectives.

Croatia will continue its engagement in further strengthening UN systems in handling significant issues such as sustainable development, respect of human rights and fundamental freedom, combating the spread of nuclear weapons of mass destruction, migration, reconstruction in post-conflict countries, climate change, informatization of society and others, the foreign ministry said.

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