United Nations Day, 24 October
24 October marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The UN Charter took effect on this very day in 1945, defining the objectives and principles of the Organization.
The UN was established to prevent the horrors of the Second World War from ever happening again. In the seventy years since it was founded, the Organization has made an enormous contribution to the protection of international peace and security, the peaceful resolution of conflicts, international cooperation, and respect for human rights and international law.
Despite the progress achieved in a number of areas, the UN has not yet achieved all of its objectives. The world has changed in the last seventy years. Numerous global challenges require a faster and more effective response. This is also at the core of efforts to reform the Organization. Slovenia supports comprehensive UN reform which takes into account the inclusiveness, legitimacy and transparency of international decision-making, including reform of the UN Security Council.
For Slovenia, activities within the UN are of great importance and have been strengthened through the years of its membership. In the future, Slovenia will devote special attention to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and global challenges, human rights, the rule of law and transitional justice, international peace and security, the fight against terrorism, and conflict prevention. It will also continue its activities in preventive diplomacy, particularly with regard to mediation and the R2P concept.
Numerous events are being held to mark the 70th anniversary of the UN and its importance. On 13 October, the Ministry held a round table debate on the achievements and challenges of the UN and the role of Slovenia in it. On this occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Sciences, issued a booklet titled ‘Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice’, complementing the International Law Series.
Slovenia is also involved in a global campaign, Turn the World UN Blue. On the evening of 24 October, the Triple Bridge in Ljubljana Old Town and Predjama Castle will be illuminated in blue.
The Ministry understands the importance of raising awareness among the public, particularly young people, of UN's activities. With this in mind, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and the UN Information Service in Vienna, drafted a textbook, Stronger Together, which is available at http://www.skupaj-mocnejsi.si/. In light of the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, lessons on sustainable development goals are currently being provided. The Ministry also supports activities on human rights education, with a particular focus on the rights of children.
State Secretary Bavdaž Kuret at UN human rights debates
New edition of UN Charter in Slovene
State Secretary Bavdaž Kuret at Security Council open debate on women, peace and security
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UN Human Rights Council concludes 30th session
Minister Erjavec participates in side events of the UN General Assembly general debate
Minister Erjavec attends UN General Assembly general debate