Holding the UN Security Council Presidency in May Lithuania will focus on protection of civilians Holding the UN Security Council Presidency in May Lithuania will focus on protection of civilians
    At the UN Security Council debate - calls to fight proliferation of small arms and light weapons At the UN Security Council debate - calls to fight proliferation of small arms and light weapons
    On Lithuania’s initiative, the United Nations discussed confidence building in cyberspace On Lithuania’s initiative, the United Nations discussed confidence building in cyberspace
    At the UN Security Council, Lithuania voices concerns over the situation of Christians in the Middle East At the UN Security Council, Lithuania voices concerns over the situation of Christians in the Middle East
    At the United Nations – first-hand testimonies on violations of human rights in Crimea and eastern Ukraine At the United Nations – first-hand testimonies on violations of human rights in Crimea and eastern Ukraine

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    • RSS Lithuania's statement at the UN Security Council briefing on foreign terrorist fighters Added2015.05.29

      Mr. Secretary General, Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,

      I thank the Secretary General and the briefers for their contributions. I am pleased this briefing on foreign terrorist fighters has drawn so many high-level officials in charge of counter terrorism actions. This clearly demonstrates the importance and urgency of the matter we are discussing today.

      Today’s  briefing is taking place eight months after the adoption of resolution 2178 at the Security Council summit  meeting chaired by President Obama, and six months after the high-level Australian debate. This allows us to take stock of progress in implementing resolution 2178 and address existing gaps in tackling the FTF phenomenon.

      Statements » Security Council » Rule of law »
    • Lithuania's statement at the UN Security Council open debate on protection of journalists Added2015.05.29

      Let me start by expressing my sincere appreciation to Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and Christophe Deloire for their briefings and valuable insights, and Marianne Pearl for sharing her very personal and deeply moving perspective with us today. What we just heard reaffirmed my conviction that this debate on the protection of journalists in conflict situations is very timely.

      We rely, more and more, on real time information in our decision making. It is especially important  in situations of armed conflict, where our ability to mobilise international response and assistance depends on knowing the facts as they happen. Journalists are our eyes and ears on the ground. Sadly, our being informed comes increasingly at the cost of their lives. One thousand one hundred and twenty nine journalists have been killed since 1992.

      Statements » Security Council » Human rights »
    • UN Security Council discussed measures to fight foreign terrorist fighters Added2015.05.27

      On May 29, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius chaired a high-level United Nations (UN) Security Council meeting on "Terrorist attacks and threat to international peace and security" that was organized by Lithuania as President of the UN Security Council for the month of May.

      For the first time in the history of the Security Council counter-terrorism issues were discussed by interior ministers. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of Interpol Jurgen Stock, other high-level representatives delivered speeches at the meeting.

      Statements » Rule of law »
    • Panel discussion "Protection of journalists and media freedom - key to sustainable future" Added2015.05.23

      On May 27 Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Linas Linkevičius and Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Edgars Rinkēvičs will host panel discussion "Protection of journalists and media freedom - key to sustainable future". 

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    • Lithuania's statement at the adopton of the UN Security Council Resolution on small arms Added2015.05.22

      Colleagues,

      The draft text in front of you today is the product of   months of work of our mission, which culminated in week-long intense negotiations among the 15 members of the Council as well as multiple bilateral exchanges. I thank all those who helped and guided us along the way, and the Council members for your cooperation in producing this far reaching draft.  

      Statements » Security Council » Disarmament and nonproliferation »
    • Treciokas Misku forumas.jpg Statement by Lithuania's Minister of Environment at the United Nations Forum on Forests Added2015.05.14

      Mr. Chairman,

      Excellences,

      Distinguished delegates,

      Ladies and Gentlemen,

      It is a great honour for me to attend this Forum on Forests and to discuss with you progress, challenges and future of the international arrangement on forests.

      Lithuania aligns its position with the EU and its Member States position.

      Lithuania is well aware of forest sector challenges related to climate change, biodiversity loss, unsustainable use of forest resources and others. We are deeply concerned about continuous deforestation and forest degradation. Forest policy fragmentation is constantly increasing and stronger coherence in global forest policy is needed.

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    • small arms debate UN photo.jpg At the UN Security Council debate - calls to fight proliferation of small arms and light weapons Added2015.05.13

      On May 13, Lithuania organised the United Nations Security Council open debate on small arms and light weapons.

      According to Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN, Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaitė, the subject of small arms and light weapons does not find itself often on UN Security Council agenda and yet it is a matter of life and death every single day for hundreds of thousands of people in conflict affected zones, with civilians and in particular women, children, refugees and the displaced facing increased risks caused by the much too easy availability of these arms.

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