The Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations
S americkým ekonómom a profesorom Kolumbijskej univerzity v New Yorku Jeffrym Sachsom diskutoval dnes Miroslav Lajčák o parametroch spolupráce počas výkonu funkcie predsedu Valného zhromaždenia OSN, ktorej sa ujme 12. septembra. „Úzky dialóg s univerzitami a akademickou obcou vnímam ako jeden z prostriedkov na naplnenie základného princípu môjho mandátu – Ľudia na prvom mieste,“ uviedol M. Lajčák. Profesor Sachs, ktorý v súčasnosti pôsobí aj ako poradca Generálneho tajomníka OSN A. Gutteresa pre otázky udržateľného rozvoja, prijal ponuku M. Lajčáka na spoluprácu počas nadchádzajúceho Valného zhromaždenia.
The United Nations should be more visible and successful in conflicts than it is right now. Conflict prevention and mediation of existing disputes must hence be a priority for the UN operation in the forthcoming period. We just have to move ahead in this regard. This was said by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, at today’s (26 July) informal meeting with officials from various organizations and institutions resident in Vienna that was organized by the UN Under-Secretary-General, Serge Brammertz.
Geneva has a strategic status in implementation of the sustainable development goals since it is the centre where elements of the human rights agenda overlap and meet with the lines of disarmament, migration, refugee and development assistance, educational activities and other components of the important architecture of international engagement. This was the message today (25 July) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, in a meeting with officials from international organizations with headquarters in Geneva, to which the minister was invited in his capacity as the president-elect of the forthcoming United Nations Assembly, by Michael Møller, Director General of the United Nations Office (UNOG). “The United Nations is not just New York. We cannot even imagine the UN operation without numerous ideas and initiatives generated right here in Geneva. For example with regard to migration, the theme for which one of the key tasks of the forthcoming UN General Assembly will be to prepare two global compacts, for migration and for refugees, we cannot do this without mutual collaboration. Just the same, for the sustainable development goals, it is Geneva where various UN agencies have been working very hard on this topic. The SDG Lab initiative for data sharing and experience exchange about practical implementation of sustainable development goals among key actors has to be especially highlighted,” noted Lajčák, who discussed priorities that he has set for the forthcoming Presidency of the 72nd UN GA with the invited officials from the international organizations.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák started his program in New York today (18 July) when he participated in and gave an address at high-level event on financing sustainable development, organized by incumbent President the United Nations General Assembly Peter Thomson. This has been the Minister´s first working visit in his official function of the President-elect of the 72nd UN General Assembly, unanimously elected on 31 May this year.
Migration will be one of the most high-profile topics of the upcoming 72nd UN General Assembly. It is a global phenomenon requiring a global solution. And the UN is the right place for generating the answers. This was said on Friday (5 May) at a meeting with representatives of UN regional groups (the Eastern European, African and Asia-Pacific) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák. “We must move from reactivity to proactivity and come up with new solutions. One of them is also the Global Compact on Migration, setting out ambitious targets for us in 2018 to prepare it. So that the proposed solutions represent an adequate response from the international community to the problem affecting all countries, though in different ways," said the Minister. He added that migration is closely linked to all the UN agendas with stability, peace and security being prominent. It’s impossible to make sustainable progress in the areas like economic development, removing poverty or observing human rights without them. “The UN needs to adapt to the changing international environment.” Preventing conflict and their origination, as well as promoting sustainable peace represent core mission of this organization. If we want to succeed in these efforts, we need more synergy, a closer cooperation among Member States, and a more meaningful dialog. The UN is the best example of multilateralism, therefore it’s necessary to further reinforce the relevance of this international organization in resolving global problems,” said Lajčák.