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Directorate for Multilateral Affairs and Development Cooperation

Coronavirus disease COVID-19

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice: COVID-19

As the probability of infection with COVID-19 remains present, Slovenian citizens wishing to travel abroad are advised to follow the news on the spread of the virus, especially on the planned route, to check the conditions of entry into the country of destination, and to comply with local rules. Slovenian citizens returning from abroad are advised to follow the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ).

Current information on border crossings, measures at the border upon entry into Slovenia and the lists of countries can be found on the special page Border Crossing.

The Directorate for Multilateral Affairs and Development Cooperation is responsible for the implementation of Slovenia’s foreign policy objectives in the area of multilateral political relations and within the United Nations, the North Atlantic Alliance, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Council of Europe, and other international organisations.

It provides analytical support in the formulation of Slovenia’s foreign policy decisions, participates in the formulation and implementation of Slovenian foreign policy in the area of international peace and security, monitors current global challenges, and promotes the strengthening of and respect for the highest human rights standards at the international level.

It plans policies on international development cooperation and humanitarian assistance at the national and international levels and coordinates and monitors the implementation of Slovenia’s development and humanitarian assistance.


  • Slovenia in the UN

    The United Nations (UN) is a unique system for addressing global challenges to international peace and security, sustainable development, and human rights, with countries sharing common objectives and contributing to positive changes in the world.

  • Slovenia's NATO membership

    To become a full-fledged NATO member was one of Slovenia's strategic goals in the period following its independence. Its aspirations built on fundamental values, strategic security, and vital national interests.

  • Slovenia and the Council of Europe

    The Council of Europe is a key international organisation committed to promoting the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and strengthening democracy and the rule of law in the wider European area. The Council's efforts have paved the way to one of the greatest achievements of present-day Europe, the abolition of the death penalty in all of its Member States.

  • Slovenia and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

    The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the world’s largest regional security organisation. It comprehensively addresses security issues and resolves them through cooperation within three dimensions: politico-military, economic and environmental, and human.

  • Human rights in Slovenian foreign policy

    Human rights are universal and indivisible. Everyone has the same rights, regardless of nationality, place of residence, gender, ethnicity, skin colour, religion, language or any other personal circumstance. Therefore, the Slovenian foreign policy regards political, civil, economic, social, and cultural rights to be equal.

  • International human rights law documents and Slovenia’s reporting

    Slovenia is committed to universal human rights instruments and has an obligation to periodically report to treaty bodies on the implementation of particular instruments or conventions.

  • Why we need development cooperation

    Through development cooperation, Slovenia helps attain a balanced and fair global development and takes on its share of responsibility for poverty eradication, inequality reduction and sustainable development in partner countries in the Western Balkans, the European neighbourhood and Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Planning and implementing Slovenia's development cooperation and humanitarian aid

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the national coordinator of development cooperation and humanitarian aid. In this capacity, it drafts the legislative and strategic framework for efficient planning, implementing, monitoring, and raising awareness of these activities.

  • Thematic and geographic priorities of Slovenia's development cooperation

    Development cooperation focuses on thematic and geographic priorities identified in terms of effectiveness, Slovenia’s comparative advantages and capacities, and support for the development efforts of partner countries.

  • Awareness-raising of development cooperation

    Slovenia aims to raise awareness of the importance, goals, and achievements of development cooperation and humanitarian aid. It is essential to realise that such activities in partner countries also indirectly affect life in Slovenia.

  • Arms control

    Slovenia is striving to implement and strengthen the internationally agreed restrictions on the development, production, stockpiling, proliferation, and use of small arms and light weapons, as well as conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction.

  • Counter-terrorism efforts

    Slovenia strongly condemns all forms of terrorism and violent extremism regardless of their nature or religious, ethnic or other ideology. Terrorism undermines the basic values such as human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms, leading to negative effects on the national economy, sustainable development, and national security. Nothing can justify terrorism – ever.


  • The objective of the Our Rights project is to enable young people, particularly children, who are still developing and trying to establish their identities, to learn about human rights, i.e. their rights and respecting the rights of others. The empowerment of children, notably through education about human rights, including their own, is one of the key priorities of Slovenian foreign policy in the area of human rights promotion.

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