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Lajčák Receives an Award from Tufts University in Boston

Lajčák Receives an Award from Tufts University in Boston

9.3.2019 | Aktivity ministra

Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), met with the current President of the United Nations General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés yesterday (8 March 2019) during his visit to New York. With his successor at the UN, Lajčák discussed the present agenda of this global organization, especially concerning its main bodies, including the opportunities for adjusting their focus to Sustainable Development Goals.  They also touched upon the issue of the revitalization of the work of the United Nations General Assembly.

 

Then the head of Slovak diplomacy gave an address in Boston as the keynote speaker at the international symposium on global issues in current foreign policy. This address was given on the invitation of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  Lajčák concentrated especially on issues of multilateralism, to which he paid increased attention in his role as the President the 72nd UN General Assembly.  In this regard he stated that nowadays the world faces many humanitarian crises that have affected regions on almost every continent. They are mainly felt in the countries of Africa and the Near East. “However, we cannot fail to mention Ukraine, where hundreds of thousands of civilians suffer due to the conflict.  Slovakia, as Ukraine’s neighboring country, isn’t indifferent to their fate. This is also the reason why we focused the priorities of our Chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe also on these people who need the help of the international community, and our objective is to assist in improving their living conditions,” emphasized the Slovak Minister.  

 

On this occasion, the leaders of Tufts University presented Lajčák with the “Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award“. This Award was established in 1993 in honor of Jean Mayer, the tenth President of Tufts University. According to the guidelines of the University, the recipients of the award are to be distinguished persons who display moral courage, integrity, and passion for conveying their experiences to students in accordance with  Dr. Mayer’s dictum: “Scholarship, research and teaching must be dedicated to solving the most pressing problems facing the world.”

 

The award The award
Getting award Getting award With the Dean of the faculty Ian Johnston With the Dean of the faculty Ian Johnston On the right side the Dean and next to him Abiodun Williams, Director of the Institute for Global Leaderships On the right side the Dean and next to him Abiodun Williams, Director of the Institute for Global Leaderships