On Monday, January 19, 2015 an exhibit of photographs, taken by the Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the UN, Ambassador Mirsada Čolaković, was opened in the presence of the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr. Zlatko Lagumdzija. In addition, several high-level officials of the UN along with various reputable diplomats attended the exhibition as well.
The exhibit was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN and the Permanent Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the UN. The photographs displayed were captured by Ambassador Mirsada Čolaković during her official visit to Japan, after being extended an invitation by the Japanese government in October of 2013. Upon seeing Japan through the eyes of a foreign diplomat in the photographs taken by Ambassador Mirsada Čolaković, the Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN, Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa, initiated the idea of the exhibit.
The very extensive program of Ambassador Mirsada Čolaković’s visit to Japan included meetings with high-level government and parliament officials of Japan, along with meetings with non-government organizations, visits to Kyoto and Hiroshima, and a lecture presentation to graduate students at the Kyoto University.
During her stay in Japan, Ambassador Mirsada Čolaković captured several impressive photographs that represent her personal experience of the cultural and historic monuments, beauty of nature, Japanese culture, and the captivating efforts of Japanese people to sustain the natural and cultural heritage of their country.
The exhibit will be on display from January 19th to January 23rd of 2015 in a very frequently utilized space in the UN Headquarters in New York City. Due to the high demand for the exhibit space, the photographs were not able to be put on display earlier.
The Guest of honor, Dr. Zlatko Lagumdzija, sincerely thanked the Japanese Government for their generous support to Bosnia and Herzegovina during the post-war reconstruction, noting how this exhibit gives a new significance to the outstanding and friendly relationship between two countries. Ambassador Čolaković reiterated her impression of the sunrise, which beauty she captured through the lens of her camera.
This exhibit was perceived very highly within diplomatic community in New York City as a new and additional way of strenhthening bilateral relations of two countries.