The Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations
(New York, 18 December 2019) – At its session the General Assembly of the United Nations elected Slovakia and Peru as the two new members of the UN Peacebuilding Commission for 2020-2021.
Today we commemorate the 74th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of the United Nations (UN) on 24 October 1945. We also commemorate the ratification of the UN Charter that came into force on that day.
Yesterday (September 27, 2019) Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, began a series of bilateral events by meeting former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and President of the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations Organisation Vuk Jeremić. The partners discussed the internal political situation in Serbia in the context of upcoming parliamentary elections in spring 2020 and the boycott announced by the opposition. Lajčák was interested to hear from Jeremic about the current status of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. The dialogue has been frozen after Pristina’s introducing 100% customs tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Hercegovina in November 2018.
“Mediation is one of the key political mechanisms in conflict prevention and peaceful conflict resolution.” These were the words of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, accentuated during yesterday’s (September 26, 2019) talks in New York, at an event held by the Group of Friends of Mediation. The chief Slovak diplomat also highlighted initiatives which support conflict prevention, sustainable peace and early warning systems.“It is necessary to build strong partnerships, without which conflict prevention isn’t possible,” emphasized Miroslav Lajčák. He maintained that mediation can work only if it is inclusive. There is also a trend of using digital technologies, in which the young generation’s active participation is key. “Young people must be actively involved in all stages of peacebuilding. What is extremely important is that they have connections to local communities, to be used when extending humanitarian aid or monitoring the observance of human rights. Young people have the potential to make the mediation effort richer with the use of unconventional methods and innovative approaches,” stated Minister Lajčák. In this regard, he emphasized the need to build awareness about digital technologies, their development, the opportunities they create, and, at the same time, the risks in new technologies or IT applications.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák held talks in New York today (17 July 2019) with María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the current President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, as well as Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the President-elect of the upcoming 74th session and two other former Presidents – Joseph Deiss and Peter Thomson (of the 65th and 71st sessions respectively).