The Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations
Today (20 December 2018), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, launched a book People come first: A Reflection on the 72nd UN General Assembly Session („Ľudia na prvom mieste – reflexia 72. zasadnutia Valného zhromaždenia OSN”) in which he sums up his one-year work in this important position. “After seventy-two years of the existence of the United Nations, the General Assembly was led by a Slovak diplomat – an opportunity that our country most likely will not have for another one hundred and fifty years. Therefore, I thought it would be suitable to map out the experience for future generations and share with other people what this work is about,” stated Minister Lajčák. He also emphasized how important multilateralism is in the world order, in which the UN plays a key role. The minister thanked his international team of thirty members with whom he had the pleasure to collaborate in New York. Four Slovaks were part of the team, and women comprised seventy percent. “It was the best team I have ever worked with. I would like to extend my thanks for their excellent work also this way,” said the head of Slovak diplomacy.
Today (25 October 2018), Miroslav Lajčák, Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, attended roundtable discussions of the World Investment Forum of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. The focal point of this year’s event is “investment into sustainable development”. Minister Lajčák informed the partners about his activities in the position as chairman of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, which focused on the creation of practical tools to support the funding of sustainable goals. With regard to this issue, he made the point that this is a much more urgent task now than ever before. In spite of the fact that the adoption of Agenda 2030 was evidently a progressive step in the process of financing sustainable development goals, the overall extent of these goals is not yet sufficient. “Last year was one of the hottest years in history – oceans are rising, people suffer from starvation. In 2016, we recorded 40 million people in the world who are undernourished,” said the chief of Slovak diplomacy about this problem, adding that the situation is worsened by diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. Developing countries have an investment gap of about 2.5 trillion American dollars every year. Therefore, funding sustainable development goals is an issue of vital importance – a problem that should be addressed by all responsible players in the world.
Today we celebrate United Nations Day, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the foundation of this international organization. On 24 October 1945, the Charter of the United Nations came into force. Czechoslovakia was a founding member of the UN.
At the final stage of his working programme in New York (28 September 2018), during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, the Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs met with Garry Allen, President of the Christian Mission for the United Nations Community.
Within the second part of his working program yesterday (26 September 2018), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, attended the address given by Andrej Kiska, President of the Slovak Republic, during the General Debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, as well as the meeting of the head of state with António Guterres, UN Secretary-General. He also held a series of meetings with several partners.