The Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations Office and Other International Organisations in Geneva
On Monday (28 January 2019), the Slovak delegation led by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, František Ružička, took part in the third, general, periodical UN evaluation of Slovakia’s compliance with human rights. Representatives of several central state administration authorities and institutions constituted the delegation, including the Ministry of Culture of the SR, the Slovak Ministry of Justice of the SR, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports, the Ministry of Health Care and the Office of the Government’s Plenipotentiary for the Roma communities.
Today (20 December 2018), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, launched a book People come first: A Reflection on the 72nd UN General Assembly Session („Ľudia na prvom mieste – reflexia 72. zasadnutia Valného zhromaždenia OSN”) in which he sums up his one-year work in this important position. “After seventy-two years of the existence of the United Nations, the General Assembly was led by a Slovak diplomat – an opportunity that our country most likely will not have for another one hundred and fifty years. Therefore, I thought it would be suitable to map out the experience for future generations and share with other people what this work is about,” stated Minister Lajčák. He also emphasized how important multilateralism is in the world order, in which the UN plays a key role. The minister thanked his international team of thirty members with whom he had the pleasure to collaborate in New York. Four Slovaks were part of the team, and women comprised seventy percent. “It was the best team I have ever worked with. I would like to extend my thanks for their excellent work also this way,” said the head of Slovak diplomacy.
Today (6 November 2018), during the second day of Geneva Peace Week and in a “town hall meeting” format, Miroslav Lajčák, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, delivered his remarks focusing on an agenda of sustainable peace; he assessed this issue from the viewpoint of having recently ended the position of the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. In this regard, he concluded that peace was the dimension which he was primarily focusing on during his one-year position at the UN. As he stated, he has always considered the reactive role of the community of nations to be an insufficient element in the process of conflict resolution. In 2016 there were two endorsed resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly which dealt with sustainable peace and started to tackle conflict prevention. In this context, Miroslav Lajčák prepared a road map and organized a top-level meeting concerning the abovementioned agenda in April. “This is an important baseline for the UN Secretary General and the UN Security Council that focuses on further sets of activities in this respect. In order to achieve our goal, it is necessary to change political thinking, have real political will, and use the multilateral system, with the UN lying at its very centre, in the most efficient way possible,” Lajčák emphasized.
Today (5 November 2018), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, arrived in Geneva. During his two day-visit, the minister will speak at three events as part of the Geneva Peace Week 2018. The common topic of the expert seminars and discussions is “Building Peace in a Turbulent World”. Together with other panellists, the head of the Slovak diplomatic service discussed local, regional, and international turbulences that pose a threat to peace and international security.
Today (25 October 2018), Miroslav Lajčák, Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, attended roundtable discussions of the World Investment Forum of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. The focal point of this year’s event is “investment into sustainable development”. Minister Lajčák informed the partners about his activities in the position as chairman of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, which focused on the creation of practical tools to support the funding of sustainable goals. With regard to this issue, he made the point that this is a much more urgent task now than ever before. In spite of the fact that the adoption of Agenda 2030 was evidently a progressive step in the process of financing sustainable development goals, the overall extent of these goals is not yet sufficient. “Last year was one of the hottest years in history – oceans are rising, people suffer from starvation. In 2016, we recorded 40 million people in the world who are undernourished,” said the chief of Slovak diplomacy about this problem, adding that the situation is worsened by diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. Developing countries have an investment gap of about 2.5 trillion American dollars every year. Therefore, funding sustainable development goals is an issue of vital importance – a problem that should be addressed by all responsible players in the world.