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Miloš Karadaglić discovered the sound of guitar in his native Montenegro when he was eight years old. Ever since, he wanted to become a classical guitarist. He joined the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London as a teenager and then went on to become one of the world's most renowned guitar players. His albums now top the world classical music charts.
New York, Paris, Pristina are some of the stations in the professional life of Kosovar fashion designer Krenare Rugova. After studying at the Parsons School of Design, Rugova decided to return to Kosovo, where she started her eponymous fashion label. Combining ancient techniques and traditions, Rugova creates environmentally-friendly and avant-garde pieces.
His Academy-award nominated film ‘Before the Rain’ won the Golden Lion in 1994, and received 30 other prestigious awards. The New York Times included it on its "1,000 Best Films Ever Made" list. Acclaimed filmmaker from Skopje, Milcho Manchevski had his work screened at more than 300 festivals worldwide. He is now finalising his 6th feature film ‘The Willow’.
Hristina Popović is one of Serbia's most popular actresses. She grew up on stage and started acting at the age of seven. Hristina rose to fame for her role in movies such as 'Parada' ('The Parade') – critically acclaimed in Serbia and across Europe - and for her roles in theatre plays such as Waiting for Godot.
After many years in Italy, Altin Prenga returned to Albania to establish his restaurant "Mrizi i zanave". At the heart of his concept is the respect for Albanian traditions and the love of nature. Prenga is an advocate of the Slow Food movement: he works with 400 local producers to protect and reclaim Albania's culinary heritage.
He is the first player ever to score 50 goals in three of Europe's major leagues. Captain of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, a striker for Roma, and UNICEF Ambassador Edin Džeko started his career in post-war Sarajevo. He says he was enriched by the experience of playing across Europe, from the Czech Republic to Germany, England and Italy.
Metaphorically speaking, the road network is frequently referred to as the ''veins of a country''. Thus, a country with a poor road network is the equivalent of a body that needs urgent care. In contrast, the existence of high-quality infrastructure is considered to be one of the critical factors for a healthy economic development. It enables the conditions for attracting investors and growing new business so that less developed areas can bloom.
Climate change is a threat that spares no country. The world is already witnessing multiple devastating impacts. The EU highlights the urgency to step up global efforts in response to climate change, in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty, in line with the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement. The EU also recognises the strong calls by the civil society and citizens, especially youth, for enhanced action, ambition and considerations for future generations.
Two important summits took place in the margins of UNGA this week - The UN Climate Action Summit and the UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals - where the EU expressed its strong commitment on accomplishing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development towards a peaceful and prosperous world, with human well-being on a healthy planet at its core.