Skip to main content

Minister Fajon hosts the first meeting of the five newly elected UN Security Council members

On the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Tanja Fajon hosted the first meeting of foreign ministers representing the Incoming 5 members of the UN Security Council.
Zunanja ministrica Slovenije in zunanji ministri Alžirije, Gvajane, Južne Koreje in Sierre Leone med skupinskim fotografiranjem

The Foreign Minister of Slovenia with the foreign ministers of Algeria, Guyana, South Korea and Sierra Leone | Author Ministrstvo za zunanje in evropske zadeve

1 / 6

The ministers agreed that a great deal of cooperation and concerted action by the elected members will be required to rebuild trust in the Security Council. "The meeting of foreign ministers of the Incoming 5 members of the UN Security Council, which took place at Slovenia's initiative, is yet further proof that Slovenia takes its seat at the Security Council table with the utmost responsibility and that we are keen to prepare for membership to the best of our abilities.With the foreign ministers of Algeria, Guyana, South Korea and Sierra Leone, we outlined substantive priorities such as conflict prevention, climate security, and women, peace and security. At the same time, we ministers were resolute in our commitment to the clear objective of rebuilding trust in the Security Council as the primary guardian of international peace and security. If we act in a united, transparent and coordinated manner, I am convinced that we will open up new opportunities for dialogue and build new bridges of trust.This is what the world needs today," said Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon on the sidelines of the meeting.

The foreign ministers also agreed that the enhanced role of the elected members of the Security Council is of paramount importance and at the same time presents an opportunity to build on this achievement.

On the margins of the first day of the UN General Assembly, Minister Fajon participated in an EU-Arab League ministerial meeting, where she praised the new initiative to revitalise the Middle East peace process and the two-state solution. She went on to thank the Arab League for its commitment and called on other countries to lend their voice to the initiative. Furthermore, she stressed that Slovenia supports the establishment of working groups and is ready to participate in them in order to find the right solutions for a lasting peace.

Minister Fajon also participated in the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers, where she focused on the situation in the Sahel and Niger, as well as on migration. She said that through humanitarian aid, support for democracy and the provision of basic resources, we must show the people of the Sahel that we support them and that they are not alone. On Niger, she stressed that we must work toward a peaceful solution to the crisis and support the role of the Economic Community of West African States.