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PM and UN Secretary-General on the importance of multilateralism, respecting human rights and respecting agreements

On the penultimate day of his attendance of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Šarec had a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

Prime Minister Marjan Šarec had a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

Prime Minister Marjan Šarec had a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres | Author Tamino Petelinšek, STA

In his meeting with Secretary-General Guterres, Prime Minister Šarec emphasised the importance of multilateralism, respecting human rights and respecting agreements. The last of these – respecting agreements – is particularly important for small countries such as Slovenia, so the Prime Minister also underlined the role of the United Nations in this connection. The two leaders devoted particular attention to the Western Balkans region, with Prime Minister Šarec emphasising the importance of efforts for progress and the irreversible stabilisation of the region, towards which Slovenia is working not only through bilateral relations and by supporting EU membership, but also in the context of regional endeavours and initiatives.

The two leaders also discussed other topics affecting the international community. Alongside security challenges and current crisis areas, Prime Minister Šarec emphasised the importance of the fight against climate change and the sustainable agenda.

The Prime Minister is also scheduled to meet the current President of the United Nations General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. At this meeting the Prime Minister is expected to present Slovenia’s priorities at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and emphasise the country’s support for multilateralism and, in particular, the importance of respecting human rights and the environment, guaranteeing gender equality and the concept of the “responsibility to protect”, the most important task of which is to prevent atrocities.

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