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Lajčák at UN General Assembly: Strong United Nations means a better world

Lajčák at UN General Assembly: Strong United Nations means a better world

1.10.2015 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN

New York (1 October) – Slovakia supports making the United Nations Organization stronger and more effective so that the global community can more effectively face international challenges. This was said by Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in his address during the general debate at the 70th UN General Assembly session in New York. He then conveyed a similar message during bilateral talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“A strong and effective United Nations means a better world. A world where right is might, not might makes right,” stated Minister Lajčák at the General Assembly meeting. He believes that strengthening the UN is the best investment in achieving the universal desire of people for peace, development, equality and justice in the world. “New threats and challenges that have emerged transcend national borders and concern each and every one of us without exception: Pandemics, climate change, migration, cyber-security or terrorism including organized crime. And the right place where all these threats should be addressed and eventually solved is the United Nations,” stressed Lajčák, who also touched on the efforts for reforming this global organization.

“We should collectively seek practical means that will enable the current system to live up to its original purposes. That will enable the United Nations to meet the weighty demands which are made upon it today, tomorrow and in many years to come. It is the Member States who own the United Nations. Every country – big or small – has an important individual responsibility and role to play as a driver of the change,” noted Lajčák. He thinks that the result of this reform process should be a strengthened and more effective, streamlined and responsive United Nations. “A truly global organization that is better able to address the interconnected and multidimensional threats and challenges to international peace, security and development,” said Minister Lajčák in his address during the UN General Assembly general debate.

Then at the meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he detailed specific issues representing priorities both for the UN and Slovakia: climate change, peacekeeping operations, the migration crisis and developments in Ukraine.

Minister Lajčák also continued in bilateral talks with foreign counterparts on Thursday. With Foreign Affairs Minister of New Zealand Murray McCully, they especially talked over the case of the Slovak citizen Daniel Červeň, who was shot at the beginning of August by the police in Auckland. Lajčák reiterated the urgent interest of people in the Slovak Republic in seeing a detailed examination of this case. His New Zealand counterpart assured him that the Government of New Zealand is equally interested in clarifying all the circumstances surrounding the case and will do everything to ensure that the ongoing probe brings answers to all questions. Ministers Lajčák and McCully also exchanged views on regional issues, and the migration crisis.

With Foreign Affairs Minister of Indonesia Retno Marsudi, Lajčák especially delved into bilateral issues. He confirmed the request made by Slovakia to be listed among the visa-free countries Jakarta is currently finalizing. He also invited his Indonesian counterpart to visit Slovakia.

NATO enlargement, as well as developments in Ukraine, dominated the talks of Minister Lajčák and Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State.

At the meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister of Tajikistan Sirodjidin Aslov, Lajčák presented a symbolic check for €10,000 from Slovakia in aid of alleviating the effects of the catastrophic summer floods in the country. Minister Lajčák also expressed the readiness of both the Slovak Republic and the European Union to help this Central Asia country to launch political and economic reforms, as well as address poverty-reduction measures. He also emphasized the interest of Slovakia in reviving bilateral relations and political dialogue, as bilateral contacts have not been quite intense recently.

Minister Lajčák also met with the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Chairman Dragan Čović in New York. Their talks featured internal reforms in the country necessary for an effective functioning of a state and progressing in the European integration process.

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