The United Nations Organisation remains an important platform for Slovakia to promote both national and common European values. Slovakia focused on five main priorities in 2021: 1. Protecting the environment and combating climate change; 2. Strengthening the health architecture, eliminating the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic; 3. Promoting peace and security in the world; 4. Promoting and protecting human rights, and 5. Strengthening digital transformation and harnessing innovation. When it comes to pursuing its priorities, Slovakia followed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In 2021, Slovakia was appointed Vice-Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC). The PBC is a key supporting body in the broader peacekeeping agenda. Through this important post, Slovakia was also able to actively support peacebuilding activities in conflictaffected countries. Slovakia co-chaired, together with South Africa, the UN Group of Friends of Security Sector Reform, where the country was particularly involved in supporting the building of reliable and credible institutions in post-conflict countries.