Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (Photo: Li Muzi/XinHua/PIXSELL) Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (Photo: Li Muzi/XinHua/PIXSELL)

The president addressed those in attendance and called upon Croats from around the world to return to Croatia and help modernize the Croatian economy and improve the country's demographic situation.

"We are not looking for money or financing. We are looking for hearts and souls; for patriotism and devotion. We are looking for knowledge, experience, and new working habits. If you all came back to Croatia then we would be the most successful country in the whole world," she said.

The president has made demographics the focus of her entire mandate in office.

Yesterday, the president delivered an address at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in which she aimed to draw attention to the environment; in particular the world's oceans and seas which she called 'the essence and foundation of all life on Earth.'

Croatia, she said, pays particular attention to the environmental protection of the Adriatic Sea: "We are focused on the preservation and facilitation of the marine and coastal environmental recovery, the protection of biodiversity and the sustainable use of the sea and the coastal areas."

"The plastic pollution in our seas and oceans is one of the greatest threats that humanity is facing," added the president.

"Each year around 8 million tons of plastic debris ends up in our oceans and our seas. Plastics are found throughout the marine environment, from the surface of the water down to the seafloor," said the president.

Source. HRT/The Office of the President