Directorate for Multilateral Cooperation
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.
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 regional international organisation committed to promote the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and strengthening democracy and the rule of law in the wider European area. The purpose of the organisation is to promote the development of European cultural identity and diversity as well as seeking common solutions for problems that the European society encounters. 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 46 member states, before 47, following the decision of the Committee of Ministers on 16 March 2022 to expel the Russian federation from the Council of Europe because of its aggression against Ukraine.
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.
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.
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.