The Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations
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.
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.
Slovak diplomacy celebrates another outstanding success: following February this year when Slovak diplomat of a long standing Ivan Surkos took over the job of the Head of the EU Delegation in Cairo, Egypt, Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed Ambassador Oľga Algayerová, Permanent Representative of Slovakia to International Organizations in Vienna, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission in Geneva.
On the initiative of the United Kingdom, the open debate at the ministerial level was held on 15TH March 2017 in the Security Council. The event was dedicated to the topic of human trafficking and modern slavery, which are one of the most lucrative kinds of international organized crime.