Prime Minister of Slovenia Pahor addresses general debate of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly

New York, 25 September 2010 – In his first address to the UN General Assembly as a Prime Minister, Pahor reaffirmed Slovenia’s commitment to the UN and its Charter.

He also highlighted Slovenia’s bid for non-permanent membership on the UN Security Council for the period of 2012 – 2013 and called for development which would not be measured only by economic indicators.

He stressed that there is a general consensus that more effective and coordinated global action is required to address future global challenges, including threats to security, prosperity and freedom. The UN must stay at the core of global governance structures, but must also adapt to new challenges and threats, the Prime Minister said, calling for a reform of the UN.

Touching on climate change, he pointed out that the past year was ‘a year of lost opportunities’ and called for a global agreement on the issue. ‘Climate change is real, the loss of biodiversity is unprecedented, and the consequences are already being felt by far too many people around the world’, Prime Minister Pahor said.

He also highlighted that the EU and NATO enlargement process to the Western Balkans should continue and highlighted the importance of initiatives such as the Brdo Process, which he and his Croatian counterpart started in March.

Speech by Prime Minister Pahor