SR in International Organisations

  • 05.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách | Slovensko a OSN
    The current challenges, including the escalating tension in south-east Asia due to ballistic missile tests carried out by Pyongyang, the ongoing conflict in Syria, as well as the latest developments in the Near East region, UN peace operations reform, as well as development architecture and management were core topics of the working meeting of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák and UN Secretary-General António Guterres in New York on Thursday (4 May). “It’s necessary to restore the people´s trust in the UN, which the fate of millions of them in various countries is tied to. This could also happen if citizens´ interest in the state of affairs is revived and the UN role in resolving global, regional and local problems comes to be better understood. The world around us has been changing quickly and we cannot stand aside and afford not to follow these developments,” said Lajčák. According to him, conflict prevention, sustainable peace intermediation and the implementation of sustainable development goals present main challenges for the UN.
  • 25.04.2017
    | Aktivity ministra | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách |
    The standard of Slovak-Austrian relations is satisfactory and is founded on strong economic links and practical cooperation in a series of areas; yet the foreign affairs ministers feel the need to meet more often and exchange opinions about key topics at least twice a year, in Bratislava and in Vienna. This was acknowledged today (25 April) by the heads of diplomacies of the Slovak Republic and of Austria, Miroslav Lajčák and Sebastian Kurz, during their bilateral meeting in Vienna. The working visit by Minister Lajčák immediately preceded the official incoming visit of the newly-elected President of the Republic of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, in Slovakia, and besides the timely bilateral and European topics the discussion also resonated with Austria’s forthcoming presidency of the Council of the EU and use of the SK PRES-related experience and also Slovakia’s upcoming presidency of the OSCE in 2019 for which Slovakia wants to draw from the experience of Austria (the country presently presiding over this organization) as well as timely developments in the Western Balkans and in Turkey.
  • 19.04.2017
    | Aktivity ministra | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách
    Slovakia must be interested in more effectively involving its ministries and institutions, non-governmental organizations, private sector, young people as well as the public at large in UNESCO activities to make sure the programs of this international organization become accessible to broad groups of Slovak society. This will be the role of a new body, the advisory group of experts to the Slovak Commission for UNESCO whose members and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, the chair of this commission, met in the premises of the diplomacy department today. “We have been long aware in Slovakia that we do not sufficiently use the potential that UNESCO presents. We want and must improve this. We want to see more Slovakia in UNESCO and more UNESCO in Slovakia, to bring the UNESCO ideas closer to our entire society and promote its values to let them reach people of various age groups and the lay as well as professional public. The issue not only is that UNESCO safeguards art monuments and tangible and intangible cultural heritage; the aim also is to bring UNESCO ideas and values to school and out-of-school activities, to cultural institutions and media, and also to young scientists, researchers and let them have real effects on life in Slovakia,” stated the minister.
  • 16.03.2017
    | Aktivity ministra | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách |
    Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák met with Lívia Klausová, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Slovakia, at the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry today (16 March), and spoke about bilateral cooperation also in light of the upcoming candidacies to international organizations. The Minister appreciated the above standard bilateral relations the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic enjoy, visible in a range of joint activities, such as joint government sessions, joint planning of events to commemorate the historic events in 2018, cooperation in economic and social area in the tripartite platform, but also in defense, where an agreement on mutual protection of air space has been signed recently.
  • 09.12.2016
    | Aktivity ministra | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách
    Hamburg (9 December) – 57 OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) member states adopted Slovakia´s candidacy for the OSCE Chairmanship in 2019, as approved by the OSCE foreign affairs ministers at their 23rd Ministerial Council in Hamburg on Friday. Slovakia´s candidacy for the OSCE Chairmanship was mentioned in the address given by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák in Hamburg yesterday. He highlighted that Slovakia offers its potential, experience and dedication to peace and stability. Slovakia has long-term been pointing to the OSCE as one of the crucial and most relevant instruments the international community has at hand in redressing and avoiding conflicts and sources of the tension in the European continent.
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    | Aktivity ministra | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách | Slovensko a NATO
    Brussels (6 December) – NATO foreign affairs ministers are holding talks on today’s security challenges 6-7 December. Slovakia is represented by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák. With EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, as well as partners from non-member countries Finland and Sweden in attendance, the Alliance ministers discussed and adopted more than 40 proposals for implementation of the EU-NATO Joint Declaration from the July 2016 Warsaw Summit (the same list adopted that day at the session of the Council of the EU). The agreed measures will deepen the cooperation in such areas as the fight against hybrid threats, cyber defense, sea security, building defense capacities, trainings and support of partner countries in building their defense and security. “We see the decision made today as a beginning of the approximation process of the two institutions. There are more opportunities for cooperation and we will work hard to see that they are fully used,” stated Minister Lajčák.
  • 25.11.2016
    | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva
    We, the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Austria, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Finland, the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Italian Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Norway, the Slovak Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of Sweden and the Swiss Confederation, are deeply concerned about the continuing erosion of the rules-based European security order. In our part of the world, peace and stability, including the peaceful settlement of conflicts, have been guaranteed for decades by a reliable, rules-based order firmly grounded in well-established and non-negotiable principles of international law such as territorial integrity, sovereignty, inviolability of international borders, the right to neutrality and the free choice of alliances and one’s own security policy, as enshrined in the Helsinki Final Act and the Charter of Paris.
  • 26.10.2016
    | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo SR v Rade EÚ | SR a EÚ |
    Santo Domingo (25 October) – The European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will develop tighter and more ambitious cooperation. This was agreed by foreign affairs ministers from both groupings at their historical joint summit in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Slovakia was represented by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák. “This ministerial meeting has confirmed our common determination to bring more dynamics and intensity into the EU-CELAC political dialogue,” stated Minister Lajčák.
  • 06.05.2016
    | Aktivity ministra | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách
    Bratislava (6 May) - Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, who is on an official visit to Slovakia upon the minister’s invitation, in Bratislava today. Minister Lajčák appreciated the role of the international organization UNESCO as a leader in the areas of science, education, culture and conservation of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
  • 14.01.2016
    | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Kultúrna diplomacia | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách
    UNESCO’s United Nations Stage in Paris hosted a peculiar performance of Antigone by Slovak artist Milan Sládek on 14 January 2016. The show was Slovakia’s artistic contribution to support UNESCO’s call Unite4Heritage addressed to the global public. The Slovak Republic is among the coalition members exerting maximum effort in educating the global public to safeguard unique elements of the common world heritage.