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Lajčák: Threats to peace and security call for a strong accent on conflict prevention

Lajčák: Threats to peace and security call for a strong accent on conflict prevention

19.10.2015 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN

No global, regional, national complex crises that the international community is faced with can be solved without joint efforts and the engagement of the United Nations. This briefly summarizes the talks between Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his visit to the Slovak Republic on 17-19 October 2015.

The talks focused on the topics around which the interest of the United Nations and its member countries revolves – namely fighting terrorism, managing migration, sustainable development, climate change and peace missions. Lajčák: “We agreed that the present threats to peace and security call for a strong accent on conflict prevention and mediation.” In this context, he announced a voluntary financial contribution to the UN worth €2,600,000. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appreciated not only the financial contribution, but also the engagement of Slovakia in security sector reform and its active role in the Group of Friends of Security Sector Reform.

He arrived for his second visit to the Slovak Republic during his tenure as UN leader at the invitation of Slovak President Andrej Kiska. His agenda included meetings with the top constitutional representatives of the Slovak Republic. He also had an opportunity to become acquainted with the smallest European alpine mountains – the High Tatras – and Slovak cultural heritage in ancient Levoča and Spišský hrad (castle), which are both included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Opening of the 70th UN anniversary exhibition OSN

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Press Conference of M. Lajčák and Ban Ki-moon