The Slovenia Times

Slovenian official attends high-level meeting in New York


The high-level meeting is being hosted by the president of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčak, who identified peacebuilding and sustaining peace as a key priority during his term. The meeting is being attended by foreign ministers of UN member states, their deputies or state secretaries and a few heads of state and government.

In New York until Wednesday, Logar is scheduled to address the high-level meeting as well as hold meetings with the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča and the UN Special Representative for International Migration Louise Arbour.

Along the plenary part of the high-level meeting, four interactive dialogues will address the themes of sustainable financing for peace; strengthening the UN work on peacebuilding and sustaining peace in the field; strategic partnerships for peace; and UN comprehensive and integrated approach to peace.

"These are the topics that are very much in the forefront of the international community, and Slovenia has the experience and expertise it can offer there, so we are attending the event," Logar said.

Also in New York is Vasilka Sancin, Slovenia's candidate for the UN Human Rights Committee, a body of independent experts monitoring implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

A total of 19 candidates are bidding for nine vacancies on the committee. The elections will take place in June and the elected members will start their term in January next year.

Vojislav Šuc, Slovenia's permanent representative to the UN Human Rights Council, who is presiding the Geneva-based council this year, has been in New York discussing a revitalisation of the body, which the US has criticised for its treatment of Israel.

Slovenian Ambassador to the UN Darja Bavdaž Kuret announced that Slovenia would take care of the celebration of the first World Bee Day, declared by the UN for 20 May on Slovenia's initiative.

A beehive is to be built in front of the Palace of Nations with a queen bee of the Carniolan honey bee, a species native to Slovenia.


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