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Austria to Bosnia Diplomatic Connection
By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

It was not the “Muslim majority” countries or the super-power that projected freedom as its international commitment. Bosnia & Herzegovina’s (BiH) first true diplomatic friend was Austria and this robust support was much due to a tireless friend Alois Mock, who passed, (June 1, 2017.) — READ MORE —

In Majority-Muslim Bosnia & Herzegovina, a Small Jewish Community Still Thrives shares a message of hope coming from Bosnia & Herzegovina. We are all Americans – Jews, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, etc. and should also be reminded of the Global Citizen in all of us.
By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey via Huffington Post
This is not just about Bosnia but rather the reactionary appeal of nationalism, populism & manifestations of walls, physical and psychological. It was 24 years ago today, May 22, 1992, when Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) became a member of the United Nations, & I was appointed its first Ambassador. — Read More —
April is Genocide Awareness & Prevention Month
The siege of Sarajevo began in 1992 & lasted through February 29, 1996. Read “Diplomatic Bluff to Break Longest Modern Siege” by, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey, a fitting reminder for “Never Again.”
As an historical content, several links are included of his interviews from AP Archives, as well as original YouTube Video: “U2 & L. Pavarotti/Miss Sarajevo.”
To commemorate the inception of the 1992 siege of Sarajevo that began today & lasted through February 29, 1996, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey published via Huffington Post –
“Diplomatic Bluff to Break Longest Modern Siege.” As an historical content, several links are included of his interviews from AP Archives, as well as original YouTube Video: “U2 & L. Pavarotti/Miss Sarajevo.”
Sarajevo remains true to its core even as both current peace & memory of recent conflict remind of what was. The future has confirmed that Sarajevo was resisting the baser instincts & the ideologies or theologies such claim today. — Read More —

This plaque, overlooking Sarajevo, glorifies an indicted war criminal who, as part of an “overarching joint criminal enterprise,” sought “to spread terror among the civilian population of Sarajevo through a campaign of sniping and shelling.”

100 Years Since World War I: Does history’s shrapnel still inflict damage and more critically, have we learned to mitigate the collateral damage?


Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina is no stranger to hospitality. The famous venue of the 1984 Winter Olympics is this year’s European host of World Environment Day (WED). Orchestrated by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP),  WED is an annual event whose tradition began in 1972.


A catalyst for environmental awareness, education, and action, WED’s year-round activities culminate on 5 June every year. “Think.Eat.Save” is the 2013 theme, with food waste reduction as the focus.

Bosnia & Herzegovina is a land rich in natural resources, geographic treasures, majestic mountains, and clean waterways. It is also a land that is blessed with a vibrant culture, tradition, and cuisine. Sharing food or a coffee with a friend, neighbor, or family is the inspiration for its WED message  “Because We Care: We Share!”
Creating economic growth and sustainable livelihoods for all citizens is the focus of Bosnia & Herzegovina and the goal for all global citizens as we come to accept responsibility and make constructive action plans to leave a more positive environmental footprint for future generations.

Meanwhile, any neighbors or friends coming tomorrow night for a little “chvapi” on the barbie?


By, Susan Sacirbey

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Advisory Council for Bosnia & Herzegovina (ACBH) PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Ajla Delkic, Executive Director 202-347-6742
Savajevo to host “World Environment Day”

 June 3, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – ACBH joined other Bosnian and international partners this year in showing support for the city of Sarajevo who is this year’s host of the World Environment Day (WED) for the European region. On June 5th of each year, cities across the globe celebrate WED with a goal to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. WED is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and this year’s theme is “Think.Eat.Save” which focuses on reducing food waste.

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a country that is rich in natural resources and UNEP has focused its support to ensure that BiH creates economic growth and sustainable livelihoods for all of its citizens. In addition, BiH has a well-established tradition and culture that is based on helping fellow citizens. Gathering around the table and sharing food with others is an important aspect of BiH’s culture. In solidarity with those values, BiH’s message for the WED celebration is: Because we care: we share!  
Organizers of WED in Sarajevo believe that the idea of sharing could spark solutions to many of the current global challenges. To mark the event on June 3rd, there will be a round table on sharing and innovations and the screening of the documentary ‘Taste the Waste’.
On June 4th, citizens will have the opportunity to participate in a public event at Wilson’s Lane, during which there will be a cycling event for children and youth. The event will conclude with a reception at the Embassy of Austria.
BiH is a nature rich country with a vibrant history, and its natural beauty can be found in both its people and its land.  
We invite you all to share the unique experience of WED in Sarajevo. To learn more please click on:
ACBH is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of Bosnian Americans and works to improve relations between the United States and BiH. ACBH advocates for a democratic, multiethnic, and indivisible BiH with a primary goal of advancing the integration of BiH into the EU and NATO.

I’ve had the unique pleasure & benefit of my life being shaped by two of the biggest little cities in the World, Sarajevo & New Orleans, that some have wanted to wipe away from the earth.  After each hurricane, someone comes up with the idea of why not just abandon New Orleans, or perhaps move it to another location, like a Recreation Vehicle. –More–