Minister Logar takes part in the 46th UN Human Rights Council
Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar today took part in the High-Level Segment of the 46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, which is being held in as a virtual event this year. In his address, the Minister expressed his concern over the consequences brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and stressed that it is imperative that the post-pandemic recovery include measures aimed at achieving greater equality, solidarity, and social protection.
Today saw the opening of the 46th regular session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, which got underway with the High-Level Segment and saw many high-level guests assembled this year. During the four-week session, the Human Rights Council will examine a number of initiatives focusing on the human rights situation in individual countries. Slovenia, together with a group of co-initiating partners, is expected to present a resolution on human rights and the environment.
In his video message, Minister Logar voiced expectation that the new Council configuration would act quickly, effectively, and with support from all members. He welcomed the decision from the new US administration to re-engage with the Council and brought attention to Slovenia's candidacy for a seat in the Council for the 2026–2028 period.
The Minister also highlighted some of Slovenia's substantive priorities, including the efforts of the transregional group to achieve global recognition of the right to a healthy environment. The Minister called on all member states to ensure all the necessary support for this process, as it is now entering its key stage. He went on to stress the impact of new technologies and digitalisation on human rights. Slovenia, through the activities of its International Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO, is striving for a responsible, human rights-based development of Artificial Intelligence.
The Minister then underlined the vital role of the Council mechanisms and their ability to respond rapidly to violations of human rights across the world, including the current deteriorating situation in Belarus. In this context, he condemned the use of force against members of civil society, independent media, and political opposition. He added his voice to those expressing concern over the recent sentence handed down to the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, urging his immediate and unconditional release. He assessed that the human rights situation in China and Myanmar is also giving great cause for concern.