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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the Signing of the UN Charter

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the Signing of the UN Charter

26.6.2020 | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva

75 years ago, the beginning of a new story of global cooperation of humankind was written. On 26 June 1945 representatives from 50 countries signed the Charter of the Organization of the United Nations in San Francisco. The document has become the cornerstone of the UN and the main pillar of current international relations. 14 international experts and diplomats participated in the working out of the UN Charter. One of them was a Slovak, Ján Papánek, who was a native of Brezová pod Bradlom and the first Czechoslovakia´s Ambassador to the UN.

 

After the end of World War II, the main objective of this ambitious project was to prevent a new world conflict from arising. The present times show us that the support for the UN as the fundamental pillar of international relations and cooperation is more urgent than ever before. Lasting poverty, the unequal distribution of resources, climate change and the violation of human rights lead to unprecedented numbers of forced displacements, tensions and conflicts all over the world.

 

Slovakia has an eminent interest in maintaining a stable international environment, an inclusive international order with unified rules for all, and the development of multilateral cooperation, the basis of which is the UN. This natural interest has lasted since 1945 when Slovakia, as a part of the former Czechoslovakia, was one of the founding states of the UN.