On 15 January 2018 Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Nations H.E. Ms Audra Plepytė has deposited the instruments of ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, done at Kunamoto on 10 October 2013. This Convention sets the guidelines to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated EUR 20,000 in humanitarian aid for refugees in Myanmar. The funds will be transferred to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
On 18 October, a squad made up of 34 Lithuanian soldiers started their service in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) as part of the German contingent. The Lithuanian troops will be responsible for ensuring the defence of the forces in the territory of the military base in Mali’s eastern province of Gao.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who is paying a working visit to Mali, greeted the Lithuanian troops upon their arrival in Mali.
On 20 September Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius participated in the ministerial meeting on the implementation of the agreement for peace and reconciliation in Mali held in New York. According to Minister Linkevičius, the stability of the whole Sahel region depends on the situation in Mali and directly affects Europe particularly in the context of illegal migration; therefore Lithuania contributes to the efforts of the international community to support a peace process in Mali.
On 20 September Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius participated in the High-Level Open Debate of the UN Security Council Regarding the Reform of UN Peacekeeping.
“Since the inception of the United Nations, a peacekeeping concept which was not even mentioned in the Charter and nowadays it has developed into a flagship activity of the United Nations and became an indispensable tool for maintenance of international peace and security. As a contributing country, Lithuania has a great interest in making peacekeeping more efficient and corresponding to the needs of the 21st century,” Minister Linkevičius said while addressing the UN Security Council.