The Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations
Today was the closing session of the 72nd General Assembly of the UN which also marks the last day of the Presidency of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia in the UN General Assembly. Outgoing President Lajčák handed over the gavel to his successor María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of Ecuador during a ceremony held on 17 September 2018.
This week and next week Slovakia presents the Slovak Press Photo exhibition at the United Nations in New York. Through the lenses of the cameras of renowned Slovak photographers, also the delegates of other UN Member States and visitors of the UN Headquarters in New York are having an opportunity to look at Slovakia, at the world and at numerous relevant topics from a slightly different perspective.
Today (21 August 2018) Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, at the ministry addressed the ambassadors of the Slovak Republic abroad. They gathered in Bratislava to take part in a regular meeting of heads of representation missions of the Slovak Republic.
The Slovak Republic was the 76th country of the world to present its Voluntary National Review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development during the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development on Monday (16 July) at the UN. Six national priorities arising from a broad stakeholder participation process – self-governing authorities, academicians, the private and the non-governmental sectors – represent the basics for the strategic documents of Slovakia´s government in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as the national development strategy (under preparation), the National Investment Plan, and the Medium-Term Strategy of the Slovak Republic for Development Cooperation for 2019-2030. “The international community has never before adopted such an ambitious commitment to work for the benefits of mankind. The 2030 Agenda is universal – valid for all. Instead of vague ideals we have set concrete objectives and created a clear review mechanism,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations.
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic recognizes the vital contribution of the United States of America to the protection and promotion of the human rights worldwide. We can therefore but regret the decision of the United States Government to withdraw from the Human Rights Council. Slovakia firmly believes in effective multilateralism. The Human Rights Council has been standing on the sound foundations of the UN Charter and its principles. And it delivers on many important human rights issues thus contributing to the protection and promotion of the human rights worldwide. The Council is a solid human rights instrument defending the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of human rights. Protection and promotion of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of every individual is the best and the most efficient preventive strategy for people to live in peace and prosperity.