Slovakia and the United Nations
Slovakia became member of the United Nations on January 19, 1993 as one of the successor states after the division of the former Czech and Slovak Federal Republic. Slovakia, as part of former Czechoslovakia was one of the founding members of the UN in 1945. Czechoslovak diplomat and Slovak national, Ján Papánek, was one of the original drafters of the UN Charter.
Slovakia is an avid advocate of global partnerships and effective multilateral cooperation. Hence, Slovakia attaches utmost importance to the United Nations and its membership in this global organization is one of the main pillars of the Slovak Foreign Policy. Slovak priorities in the UN are based on universal values of multilateralism, equality, transparency, respect for freedom and human rights, peace and security, social, economic and environmental development.
Slovakia supports strengthening the United Nations in its ability to react promptly and effectively to emerging global challenges and opportunities. After 70 years of its existence, complex and meaningful United Nations reform is currently high on its agenda with the aim of adapting its work to the needs and realities of the 21st century. In this regard, Slovakia promotes rationalization and revitalization of the United Nations General Assembly as well as a meaningful reform of the UN Security Council including its expansion in both categories of membership. In times of persisting global financial and economic strains, Slovakia pays particular attention to the enhancing of the Economic and Social Council as a natural focal point for development within the United Nations system, reinforcing coherence and coordination and avoiding duplication of efforts. Budgetary discipline and effective use of financial resources are important part of pressing management reform without which the desired strengthening of the United Nations in all its complexity cannot be fully achieved.
From 2010 to 2012 Slovakia was a member of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). On 10 January 2012, Slovak Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Miloš Koterec, was elected chairman of this main United Nations organ. The membership of Slovakia in ECOSOC provided a valuable and unique opportunity to work more pro-actively towards enhancing the role of ECOSOC in the global efforts for achieving sustainable development, especially through strengthened cooperation of all relevant actors and stakeholders, including the IFIs, NGOs, private sector, academy and the youth.
After successful membership of Slovakia in the UN Security Council in 2006-2007 and in the UN Human Rights Council during 2008-2011, the membership and subsequent presidency of the Economic and Social Council crowned Slovakia`s first 20 years of United Nations membership with hands-on experience and first line participation in the work of all three main pillars of UN work: peace and security, development and human rights.
Slovakia also continues to support building the capacity of the United Nations in the Security Sector Reform (SSR) in which, particularly thanks to its Presidency in informal groups within the United Nations (Expanded Core Group and a Group of Friends of SSR) plays a leading role.
Human Rights are one of the pillars of Slovak Foreign Policy. Under Slovakia´s initiative, the UN Human Rights Committee adopted in 2011 “The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child”. During 2009-2010, Slovakia facilitated the universal implementation of the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague. During the period 2011 - 2014, Slovakia was a member of the Bureau of State Parties of the Rome Statue of the ICC.
Slovakia has been an active contributor to world peace and security. Besides Slovakia´s continuing participation in the United Nations Peacekeeping operation in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and in Middle East (UNTSO), but also in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Slovakia during the period 2011 - 2012 led the Regional Coordination Centre „South“ in the ALTHEA operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is mandated by the UN Security Council. Since 2012, Slovakia is leading the Coordination Centre for liaison and observation teams, which monitors the situation on the whole territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Furthermore, Slovakia was also present in ISAF mission in Afghanistan, which was in 2015 transformed to a non-combat operation called Resolute Support (RS). Within the RS, members of the Slovak military contribute to training of Afghan military forces. Slovakia is active in other regions as well, e.g. in the EUMM mission in Georgia.
More specific information regarding participation of Slovakia in UN Peacekeeping Operations can be found on the web page of the Ministry of Defense of Slovakia: www.mzv.sk/unnewyork
Slovak priorities for the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly
Slovak priorities for the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (pdf; 216,21 kB)
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Last updated: 07/31/2015