Lajčák: “Agenda 2030 is a blueprint for a fair life in peace through removing disparities, famine and poverty”
The discussion on Slovakia´s priorities in sustainable development today (12 December) was jointly opened by Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak government, Peter Pellegrini, and Miroslav Lajčák, UN General Assembly President and Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, at the first session of the Slovak Government Council discussing the 2030 Agenda. The guest of honour was Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD and the former Prime Minister of Finland.
Korčok in Brussels: “Definitive status of Jerusalem can only be based on an agreement. Israel is an important partner for Slovakia, with which we want to especially develop prospective cooperation”.
The prospects of the Mideast Peace Process following US President Donald Trump´s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, as well as current developments in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Iran in light of defining the form of future cooperation with these countries vis-à-vis the EU’s strategic interests in the region, were the core topics of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the EU today (11 December). The Slovak delegation was led by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok.
Korčok on the breakthrough in the Brexit talks: “We welcome the agreement, but it is still true that until everything is agreed nothing is agreed"
The European Commission today (8 December), after 249 days and 6 rounds of talks, announced a breakthrough in the talks on the UK leaving the European Union. In the published joint report from the negotiators, the European Commission recommended that the member states agree to sufficient progress in the talks and to move to the second phase of the negotiations on the settlement of future relations. In this context, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, met with Andrew Garth, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Slovak Republic.
Representatives from 57 participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) met in Vienna at their 24th annual Ministerial Council meeting in Vienna on 7 and 8 December. State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Lukáš Parízek, who was the head of the delegation from Slovakia, spoke on several timely security issues such as radicalism and extremism on the rise, fighting against terrorism and cyber-attacks as well as the conflict in Ukraine. “The OSCE is an important regional organization contributing to stability and security as well as to addressing conflicts in Europe,” noted Parízek. He concurrently emphasized Slovakia’s strong support for the concept of security sector governance and reform (SSG/R). In that regard he noted that “security sector reform plays a key role in conflict prevention and post-conflict arrangements”. In his address he also expressed support for the OSCE institutions and pointed out the ongoing support from Slovakia.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, opened an exhibition organized by the Slovak Agency for Support of Citizens with Disabilities in the premises of the congress hall at the MFEA SR today (7 December). The artists and Arpád Beník, the President of the Agency, attended the launching ceremony. ‘Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life’. “I can fully identify with this quote by world-acclaimed artist Pablo Picasso. The works on display are evidence that there are people amidst us who do have to face serious difficulties in their lives but they still find strength to create art. Their artwork, beautiful with their ideas just like with how they captured them, are an inspiration to many of us,” said the state secretary in his address.