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State Secretary Dr Raščan in New York attending ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development

On 26–27 April 2022, State Secretary Dr Stanislav Raščan took part in the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development in New York, which highlighted the need to deliver on the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on poverty eradication. He also attended the High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on Financing for Peacebuilding and held a number of bilateral meetings.

At the ECOSOC Forum, State Secretary Dr Raščan stressed that development cooperation and humanitarian aid are important elements of Slovenia’s foreign policy. In this way, Slovenia contributes to eradicating poverty, reducing vulnerability and inequalities and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2021, Slovenia increased its development aid to 0.19 % of GNI, while also stepping up the volume of aid for less developed countries.

The State Secretary underlined that in view of the growing financing gap between development and humanitarian needs and available funds, efforts should be made to ensure the effectiveness and coherence of Official Development Assistance (ODA). Slovenia is focused on political dialogue and technical assistance to partner countries, especially in its neighbourhood. Through the Slovenian international organisation Centre of Excellence in Finance, a regional project has been launched in the Western Balkans to mobilise domestic revenues, with a focus on financing climate interventions.

State Secretary Dr Raščan also took part in the High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on Financing for Peacebuilding. In his address, he expressed satisfaction with the comprehensive approach of the Peacebuilding Fund, which is increasingly focusing on the participation of women and young people. He went on to stress the importance of investing in peace and development, including in preventive terms, as well as the importance of global cooperation and effective multilateralism, including in crisis prevention. The State Secretary then announced Slovenia's contribution to the Peacebuilding Fund in the amount of EUR 20,000.

The UN General Assembly Meeting on Peacebuilding for Financing was organised by the President of the UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, to collect proposals, seek solutions and make financial commitments to reduce the funding shortfall in the UN Peacebuilding Fund.

On the margins of the high-level events in New York, State Secretary Dr Raščan also held bilateral meetings with State Secretary to the Finnish Foreign Minister, Johanna Sumuvuori; Permanent Representative of Bangladesh Mohammad Ziauddin; the EU Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Olof Skoog; and the Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN, Ambassador Sven Jürgenson. In addition, State Secretary Raščan hosted a working lunch for the ambassadors of the Permanent Representations to the UN from the Pacific region (Fiji, Micronesia, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, the Marshall Islands, Vanuatu) and a working dinner for UN ambassadors from Botswana, Burundi, Lesotho and Nepal.