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
    Minister Linas Linkevičius: let’s not ignore the attempts to redraw the map of Europe Minister Linas Linkevičius: let’s not ignore the attempts to redraw the map of Europe

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    • RSS Lithuania's statement at the UN Security Council open debate on humanitarian situation in Syria Added2015.04.24

      I would like to thank the Jordanian presidency for convening this briefing on the situation in Syria and its neighbourhood. I also thank the briefers for their contributions.

      In 2014 the number of people forcibly displaced by conflict or persecution reached the highest total recorded since World War II, a staggering 51.2 million. UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres called it a “quantum leap” in forced displacement in the world. Destitute, desperate people trying to escape extreme poverty, persecution and war pay thousands of hard earned dollars to be loaded onto cattle ships, shoddy boats and crumbling barges, only to find death in the middle of the Mediterranean. Images of capsized boats, boats abandoned midway by the traffickers have become  almost daily news. Last year alone some 3500 died trying to reach the other shore.

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    • Lithuania's statement at the UN Security Council debate on the role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace Added2015.04.23

      Mr. President,

      We thank the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for organizing this timely debate on the role of youth in countering violent extremism.

      Radicalisation and violent extremism pose an increasingly pressing threat to the international peace and security. Today, foreign terrorist fighters originate from some 100 states as recruitment networks expand their global reach. Young people fall into the hands of these networks for multiple reasons, as diverse as individuals themselves. Identity issues, peer pressure, online and personal connections, losing distinction between the violent world of video gaming and reality, alienation, social exclusion and marginalization, misguided search for the meaning of life and faith, perceived injustices of the world - anything can serve as a trigger for radicalization in the context of  growing sophistication of recruitment mediums and techniques. Many have little if any idea about the faith they claim to defend.

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    • At UN Security Council, Lithuanian Permanent Representative voices her concern over the situation in the Middle East Added2015.04.21

      At the United Nations Security Council open debate on the Middle East on 21 April, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN, Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaitė said that the situation in the region had rarely been more dramatic. The worst humanitarian crisis ever is unfolding and human rights abuses are being committed. The situation is further compounded by the threat of radical extremism and terrorism spreading in the region.

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    • Lithuania's statement at the UN Security Council debate on women, peace and security Added2015.04.15

      Madam President,

      I thank  the Jordanian Presidency for convening this open debate on conflict-related sexual violence. I also thank UN Secretary-General for his comprehensive report and the recommendations contained therein. Madam Bangura, as SRSG for sexual violence in conflict yours is a heavy task indeed, but your work is a lifeline to many affected by these monstrous crimes. Last but not least our appreciation goes to Ms. Hamsatu Allamin for adding her passionate voice to today’s debate.

      Brutal and barbaric, sexual violence as a weapon of war is scarily cheap and effective. It is used by militant groups around the world to intimidate, change local demographics, seize land and clear access to scarce resources, crush ethnic and religious minorities, and force entire communities into submission. With the emergence of Da’ish and Boko Haram, public gang rapes, sexual slavery, sale of women and girls as young as pre-teens, rape marriages,  forced impregnations and abortions have become the trademark of the brutal and wanton reign of terror.

      Statements » Security Council » Human rights »
    • Lithuania's explanation of vote after adoption of UN Security Council resolution on Yemen Added2015.04.14

      Madame President,

      Lithuania voted in favour of this resolution, which is sending a strong much needed signal from the international community that all parties in Yemen should quickly come back to the negotiation table and spare hundreds of thousands of Yemenis affected by the severe fighting.

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    • IMG_7862.JPG On Lithuania’s initiative, the United Nations discussed confidence building in cyberspace Added2015.04.09

      On 8 April, the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the UN organized a panel discussion on cyber/information and communications technology (ICT) security, focusing on confidence-building measures (CBMs) with a particular emphasis on the work by regional organizations and the United Nations.

    • Panel discussion on cyber/ICT security: confidence building measures (concept paper) Added2015.03.30

      The Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the UN is organizing the panel discussion on cyber/information and communications technologies (ICTs) security, focusing on confidence building measures (CBMs) on Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 1:00-3:00 pm at UN Headquarters in New York.

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