Permanent Representative of Slovakia Ambassador František Ruzicka met with participants of the Annual Conference to discuss transition(s) in the UN, USA, Europe and role of cultural diplomacy in world affairs.
On 20 December 2016 the UN Security Council held an Open Debate on the issue of Trafficking of Persons in conflict situations.
The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University organized the Brexit simulation exercise on Thursday Dec 15. Michal Komada and Klaudia Bederková from the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the UN participated in this event as invited guests by the team assigned to play the role of the European Commission.
Slovakia together with more than 20 countries took part 7th December at the event „Le Salon du Chocolat“ organized by Arab Ladies Club to the UN (ALUN) and the United Nations Africain Ambassadors Spouses Group (UNAASG) to celebrate the Holiday Season 2016. This presentation was part of cultural events under Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Slovak Dances for Triango and Orchestra hosted by Consul General of Slovakia Jana Trnovcova and Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the UN František Ružička in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on the occasion of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Slovakia and South Africa lead initiatives to enhance security sector reform in process of building sustainable peace in post-conflict situationsIt is vital for sustainable peace and development that people feel safe, secure, and have confidence in their state. At the United Nations, Slovakia actively promotes the Security Sector Reform (SSR), to help ensure people are safer through effective and accountable security institutions.
Permanent Representative of Slovakia Amb. Ruzicka had a great privilege and honour to host Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and madam Ban at the lunch at the Slovak residence paying tribute to his work serving humanity in the most impossible job.
Slovakia Supports engagement of young Generation in the Work of the United Nations and its Interest in Sustainable PlanetStudents of the bilingual English-Slovak High School in Sučany during their visit of the Universities in East coast USA on October 29, 2016 met with the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador František Ružička.
- 23.10.2016| Slovensko a OSN | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva
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.
- 06.10.2016| Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN
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.
- 27.09.2016| Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN
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.
- 25.09.2016| Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN
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.
- 24.09.2016| Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN
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.
- 23.09.2016| Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN
Minister Lajčák in New York: Preventive diplomacy and mediation are the most effective instruments for conflict preventionNew York (22 September) – Slovakia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have completed their contractual basis for more intensive trade and investment. Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, and his UAE departmental counterpart, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, signed a bilateral agreement on mutual protection and promotion of investment in New York on Thursday. “The relations between our countries have grown very dynamically in the recent period and signing this agreement creates prerequisites for their further enhancement,” stated Minister Lajčák upon the signing. “This signing has completed the two-year process of preparation of the fundamental economic agreements that will multiply the exchange of goods and investment flows between Slovakia and the United Arab Emirates,” added Minister Lajčák. In that regard he reminded of Slovakia’s lasting interest in cooperation in the area of defence and security, and investment in infrastructure. Minister Lajčák, in his position as an official representing the country now holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, also appreciated the UAE’s interest in developing dialogue and cooperation also with the EU during his talks with Minister Al Nahyan.
- 22.09.2016| Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN
New York (21 September) – The need to strengthen human rights and peacebuilding under the auspices of the United Nations was discussed by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, in New York on Wednesday. Minister Lajčák first spoke at the event on human rights and conflict prevention that was organized by Switzerland and Germany, with participation of foreign affairs ministers from several countries and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on the sideline of the UN General Assembly.
- 20.09.2016| Aktivity ministra
Lajčák in New York: Extending and intensifying international cooperation called for to address migrationNew York (19 September) – In order to cope with migration, extending and intensifying international cooperation is called for – on as broad an international scale as possible. This was said by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák in his address at an event on migrants and refugee issues given at the UN in New York. Minister Lajčák, together Slovak President Andrej Kiska, attended the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, which was followed by an address at an accompanying event within a round table on international assistance and cooperation to overcome the impacts of the migration and refugee flows. “The migration crisis is one of the biggest challenges for the international community. This is not a short-term season, nor regional issue – it represents a complex matter for several generations that demands world-wide attention,” highlighted Minister Lajčák in his speech on behalf of the Slovak Republic.
- 24.08.2016| Aktivity ministra
Minister Lajčák speaks at the UN Security Council on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destructionNew York (23 August) – “Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction ranks among the major threats to international peace and security.” This was the message of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, in his statement during the United Nations Security Council open discussion of the fight against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in New York on Tuesday. “The threat presented by these weapons is multiplied by the risk that they may get in the hands of terrorists and non-State actors. For that reason, preventing this from happening should be the key priority for the international community,” emphasized Minister Lajčák.
- 14.07.2016| Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN
New York (14 July) – The Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union, as well as the vision on future functioning of the UN were the main topics spoken about by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák at several forums and during a series of bilateral talks during his two-day working visit to New York. Within the Slovakia´s candidacy to the UN Secretary-General, Minister Lajčák met with the UN Security Council members and answered their detailed questions on his objectives and ideas in individual areas of the UN activities.
- 13.07.2016| Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN
New York (13 July) – As of today, the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union is also presented to the world’s diplomats and the wider public at the UN in New York. Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák opened the Amazing Planet exhibition of photographer and world traveler Filip Kulisev at the seat of the global organization on Wednesday evening.
- 28.06.2016| Aktivity ministra
Bratislava (28 June) – Migration issues in the context of Slovakia’s upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union were the core topic at a meeting between Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in Bratislava. “Migration is now perceived as a crisis and a seasonal issue but we have to get ready for this phenomenon that may stay for generations and this has to be reflected in our strategy for how to approach migration,” stated Minister Lajčák, adding that migration is a global challenge where global leadership is needed. “The International Organization for Migration and the United Nations are best fitted for this role,” noted Minister Lajčák.