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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on Occasion of the Anniversary of the Founding of the UN

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on Occasion of the Anniversary of the Founding of the UN

24.10.2019 | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva

Today we commemorate the 74th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of the United Nations (UN) on 24 October 1945. We also commemorate the ratification of the UN Charter that came into force on that day.  Slovakia also deserves credit for its participation in the creation of the document since the Slovak diplomat Ján Papánek belonged to the 14-member team that formulated the final wording of the UN Charter.  The core objective of the UN is to protect international peace and security, to avoid conflicts, to promote prosperity and sustainable development, as well as the protection of human rights.  However, these attributes are not commonplace nowadays.  The present times show us that the support for the UN as the fundamental pillar of international relations and cooperation is more urgent than at any time previously.  The lasting poverty, unequal division of resources, climate change and violation of human rights have led to an unprecedented number of forced displacements, tensions and conflicts all over the world.  Therefore the words of the former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld are still relevant: “The United Nations was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell.”
 

For Slovakia as a small country, the UN is an important platform for promoting national and common European values.  We consider the anniversary of the UN to be an opportunity to recall the roles of multilateralism and increase trust in the organization among countries and their citizens.  If we want to tackle global challenges, we must strengthen the dialogue.  The support for international peace and security must remain a global priority. 
 

The Slovak Republic feels a commitment to endorse effective multilateralism and the UN values based on preserving international rules and norms.  We are ready to promote the effective implementation of reforms related to the functioning of the organization so that it can continue to play a role as a strong and effective pillar of the multilateral system.