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Minister Fajon at the preparatory ministerial meeting for the Summit of the Future

On the margins of the general debate of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Tanja Fajon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, attended the preparatory ministerial meeting for the Summit of the Future, which was opened by the President of the 78th UNGA, Dennis Francis, and the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.

Ministrica Fajon med nagovorom

Minister Fajon during her address | Author Ministrstvo za zunanje in evropske zadeve

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The preparatory ministerial meeting was an opportunity for ministers to share their vision and priorities for the Summit on the Future, which will mark an important milestone in the implementation of our common agenda and will take place in September 2024, when Slovenia will hold the presidency of the UN Security Council.

Minister Fajon called for strengthening global governance and reforming the UN multilateral system to meet the challenges of today, as well as those that lie ahead. "The United Nations needs an upgrade. We need to reform it as our common global institution that reflects today's realities. This will not be an easy task, but it is up to Slovenia to think boldly and ambitiously, together with the rest of the world, of course. A Pact for the Future, which we are expected to adopt at the Summit of the Future, must be ambitious and action-oriented, but it must also be based on the UN Charter, respect for human rights and international law, and gender equality," Fajon said at the meeting.

Minister Fajon is due to hold a series of bilateral meetings in New York today, including a meeting with the foreign ministers of the successor states of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which is being hosted by Slovenia. This evening, the Minister will address a reception for the Slovenian community in the USA, and tomorrow she will continue her journey to Boston, where she will give a lecture to students at the invitation of Harvard University.