Today, 19 July 2018, at the meeting of OSCE Permanent Council and in the presence of the representatives of all participating and partner states, Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary and Special Representative of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs for Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship, presented priority areas of the Slovak chairmanship of the OSCE that the country will assume on 1 January 2019.
The Slovak Republic presents ratification documents for the International Investment Bank and the International Bank for Economic Cooperation in Moscow today
Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, held inter-ministerial consultations in Moscow and presented the Russian partners with two important ratification documents today (17 July 2018). Parízek´s talks with Vladimir Titov, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation, summarized the state of play within political, parliamentary and economic cooperation, its legal and contractual basis, prospects for education and grant programs, and development of cultural and historical activities. The consultations were held as part of the plan for 2017-2018.
At the UN Slovakia presents its review of progress towards implementing Sustainable Development Goals
The Slovak Republic was the 76th country of the world to present its Voluntary National Review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development during the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development on Monday (16 July) at the UN. Six national priorities arising from a broad stakeholder participation process – self-governing authorities, academicians, the private and the non-governmental sectors – represent the basics for the strategic documents of Slovakia´s government in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as the national development strategy (under preparation), the National Investment Plan, and the Medium-Term Strategy of the Slovak Republic for Development Cooperation for 2019-2030. “The international community has never before adopted such an ambitious commitment to work for the benefits of mankind. The 2030 Agenda is universal – valid for all. Instead of vague ideals we have set concrete objectives and created a clear review mechanism,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations.
Ivan Korčok in Brussels: “The Eastern Partnership has results, it is time to begin thinking beyond 2020 and determine what is next for these countries”
The Eastern Partnership is an EU policy that has proven itself – since 2009 it has been serving as the most relevant modernization and pro-reform EU instrument for Eastern partners. We have achieved a whole set of goals in a complicated environment. This was said today (16 July) by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, during the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels. “The set of 20 specific deliverables for 2020 is a useful instrument to stimulate reform processes in the countries of the Eastern Partnership. The Eastern Partnership simply delivers concrete results. Today, however, we must start thinking beyond the horizon of 2020 and determine how we are going to strengthen its political dimension, where we see the potential to enhance dialogue and cooperation, and to define new incentives for the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
Today (13 July), at the UN General Assembly, its member states endorsed the final text of the so-called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Legal Migration. It is a result of an almost two years of thematic discussions and consultations among the UN member states with the ambition to cover all aspects of the migration phenomenon and represents the first ever document prepared by the UN on this issue. The process of consultations on the global compact on migration was complicated; the representatives of the member states and regional groupings presented different attitudes on the topic of migration; therefore the final document that will be formally adopted in Morocco in December this year at an intergovernmental conference is a compromise and represents the common denominator of interests of all participating states.