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Minister Lajčák at UN GA: Slovakia is a responsible player in addressing global problems

Minister Lajčák at UN GA: Slovakia is a responsible player in addressing global problems

25.9.2016 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN

New York (25 September) – More than 50 meetings, statements and events were accomplished during the weeklong working trip to the 71st UN General Assembly in New York by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.


“The UN GA is an extraordinary week of intensive diplomatic activities, with officials from countries of the whole world meeting at one place. It presents a unique opportunity to manage to hold talks with numerous partners within a relatively short time span and to discuss a wide array of themes concerning bilateral relations as well as timely international issues,” stated Minister Lajčák. 


During his UN General Assembly stay, Minister Lajčák participated in 12 events dedicated to the migrant crisis, issues of peacebuilding and mediation, to combatting extremism, and the situation in the Middle East.


The core idea of his remarks was emphasizing the need to address global problems together and, in overcoming them, to expand and boost international cooperation with an accent on preventive diplomacy and actions aimed at sustaining and strengthening peace.


At the UN GA events Minister Lajčák announced Slovakia’s new donations for addressing several global challenges: 550 government scholarships for refugees and €550,000 for the Peacebuilding Fund. He also declared Slovakia’s preparedness to contribute to implementation of the peace agreement in Mali and to capacity building for the international community in the area of mediation and conflict prevention. 


In his remarks at the events on peace operations and peacebuilding, Minister Lajčák also highlighted the role of security sector reform, Slovakia’s priority agenda within the UN, and an ever more important component of international activities aiming at stabilization of post-conflict areas.
“Our active participation in the events within the UN General Assembly with specific statements and proposals has presented Slovakia as a constructive and responsible player who is taking part in finding joint answers to global problems,” said Minister Lajčák in evaluating the weeklong activities in New York. His words were supported by the invitation for Slovakia to participate in events for only selected countries such as the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees hosted by US President Barack Obama.


The bilateral activities of Minister Lajčák included 42 talks and meetings with counterparts from all continents, including the president of Ukraine and prime minister of Kosovo, foreign ministers of Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Russia, Norway, Micronesia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Senegal, Angola, Australia and New Zealand. Besides those meetings he also held talks with several of his European departmental counterparts and UN officials.


Minister Lajčák, in the position as an official from the country now holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, signed in New York the EU-Micronesia agreement on lifting the visa requirement and also discussed conclusion and signing of the EU-Ecuador trade agreement with the Ecuadorian foreign minister and minister for trade.


 On behalf of Slovakia, he also signed a bilateral agreement with the United Arab Emirates on mutual protection and promotion of investment.