The Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations
24 October is annually celebrated by the international community as The United Nations Day, honouring thus the entry into force of the United Nations Charter. Today, the UN Charters celebrates its 71st Birthday and it still stands as a firm cornerstone of current international relations.
Washington (5 October) - Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, following the announcement of the results of the UN Security Council decision that he heard when he got off the plane late Wednesday night in Washington, said: “First of all, I give my congratulations to Antonio Guterres, the most successful candidate, who has been chosen by the UN Security Council members. Even though Mr. Guterres does not come from the East European regional group that this time was expected to produce the new secretary-general under the unwritten rules, he was continually winning the greatest support in separate voting rounds.
Bratislava (27 September) – UN peace operations and Slovakia’s engagement in them were discussed by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, in his meeting with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, in Bratislava on Monday.
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.
New York (23 September) – “Violent extremism and xenophobia are in direct conflict with all United Nations principles and present a threat not only to society and individual states but also to the entire international community,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, at the ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends of the Alliance of Civilizations in New York on Friday. The meeting was held on the sideline of the UN General Assembly and was dedicated to the growing xenophobia and intolerance in several regions of the world as a result of ethnic, religious and political conflicts.