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Lajčák Gives Address as the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the UN Security Council

Lajčák Gives Address as the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the UN Security Council

8.3.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

As the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák gave an address yesterday (7 March 2019) at the United Nations (UN) Security Council in New York. His address to the Council members focused on the priorities of Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship this year. These include especially conflict prevention, the alleviation of the impact of conflicts on civilians, effective multilateralism and a safer future, especially for the young generation.  
 

Lajčák paid special attention to the search for solutions to the crisis in and around Ukraine. He also concentrated on the issue of how best to render concrete assistance to the local inhabitants. “Some measures we have identified include repairing the Stanytsia Luhanska bridge and humanitarian demining, as well as forming protected areas around civil infrastructure,” stated the Minister, giving some examples of possible concrete measures. In relation to the ongoing conflicts in Moldova and South Caucasus, he outlined the direction of some activities of the international community. In this regard he emphasized the importance of the close cooperation between the UN and the OSCE in these processes.

 

He also introduced to the UN Security Council a proposal for developing the cooperation between the two organizations in the areas of counter-terrorism, violent extremism, climate change, sustainable development issues, as well as other issues of global significance.  “I think we should  see even more engagement in the coming months and years. There is absolutely no alternative when it comes to the legitimacy the UN brings and the reach it has,” added Minister Lajčák.

 

The briefing of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the UN Security Council regularly takes place at the beginning of his term of office. The OSCE plays an important role in an entire spectrum of the mandates of the UN Security Council – from an early warning system to conflict prevention and tackling the root causes of conflict.

 

In the follow-up to his address in the UN Security Council, Lajčák met with the Council members, Rosemary Di Carlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations.  They discussed the security challenges that lay ahead in the OSCE region and the efforts of Slovakia’s Chairmanship to help them to move the involved parties toward a resolution of the issues. They also delved into opportunities for strengthening the cooperation between the OSCE and the UN.
 

Lajčák also talked with Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, with whom he agreed that among the current threats in the entire OSCE region is radicalization and violent extremism, which potentially lead to terrorism.
 

Minister Lajčák together with Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s Executive Director, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Slovak Republic and UNICEF (the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund). The document should help to meet tasks ensuing from the new Medium- Term Strategy of the Slovak Republic for Development Cooperation for 2019-2023. It will also serve as an instrument to support and deepen the mutual cooperation of Slovakia with this UN Fund, the mission of which is to provide for health, protection and rights for children.  UNICEF is the only UN Fund funded entirely by voluntary contributions.

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