The Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations Office and Other International Organisations in Geneva
Today was the closing session of the 72nd General Assembly of the UN which also marks the last day of the Presidency of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia in the UN General Assembly. Outgoing President Lajčák handed over the gavel to his successor María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of Ecuador during a ceremony held on 17 September 2018.
Today (21 August 2018) Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, at the ministry addressed the ambassadors of the Slovak Republic abroad. They gathered in Bratislava to take part in a regular meeting of heads of representation missions of the Slovak Republic.
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic recognizes the vital contribution of the United States of America to the protection and promotion of the human rights worldwide. We can therefore but regret the decision of the United States Government to withdraw from the Human Rights Council. Slovakia firmly believes in effective multilateralism. The Human Rights Council has been standing on the sound foundations of the UN Charter and its principles. And it delivers on many important human rights issues thus contributing to the protection and promotion of the human rights worldwide. The Council is a solid human rights instrument defending the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of human rights. Protection and promotion of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of every individual is the best and the most efficient preventive strategy for people to live in peace and prosperity.
The fight against racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance in society, freedom of religion and confession, as well as the support for the rights and freedoms of the child belong among the priorities of the Slovakia´s membership in the UN Human Rights Council. This was said today (27 February) in Geneva by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, in his address given within the high-level segment of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council. “From all the corners of the world we can hear information about attempts of various extremist groups to radicalize children and young people. Therefore nowadays, more than any time before, we are faced with the task to emphasize the education of children.
On 19 January 1993, the Slovak Republic, as one of the successor states of the former Czechoslovakia, was admitted as a United Nations (UN) member country. The 25th anniversary of this event is an opportunity to commemorate the history of our membership and point to the fact that even small countries like Slovakia can actively contribute to solving a huge range of challenges faced by the international community.