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On 14 January, Ambassador Audra Plepytė, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations was elected as the Vice-President of the Bureau of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Lithuania's Ambassador will work along with the Permanent Representatives of Bangladesh, Brazil, Morocco, and Switzerland.

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Prof. Dalia Leinartė is nominated by the Govenrment of Lithuania for the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) for the 2021-2024 term of office (elections will take place in 2020).

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National statement delivered by Ambassador Audra Plepytė, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN, at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate "Upholding the United Nations Charter to Maintain International Peace and Security". 

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National statement delivered by Ambassador Audra Plepytė, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN, at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on ““Towards the successful implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda: moving from commitments to accomplishments in preparation for the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325” ".  

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On 26 September in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius spoke at the launch of the Alliance for Multilateralism hosted by France and Germany. Initiatives to increase multilateral efforts to achieve global goals, including those related to media freedom, climate change, cybersecurity, and women's rights, were presented during the event.

"We cannot ignore violations of international law, aggression, and impunity. We must work together to strengthen multilateral cooperation," said Lithuania’s Foreign Minister.

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Statement by the President of the Republic of Lithuania H.E. Gitanas Nausėda at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. New York, 25 September 2019. 

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President Gitanas Nausėda met with António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

During the meeting, the President expressed support for the UN Program of Action, whose priorities include maintaining peace and security around the world and assisting states in conflict resolution. The President also said he backed the UN reform initiated by the Secretary-General aimed at bringing about changes in the systems of peace and security, organizational development and governance.

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On 25 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius spoke at a high-level United Nations event, which focused on challenges facing Mali and the Sahel, as well as proactive measures to counter extremist narratives and ideologies.

“Youth unemployment, migration, women's lack of empowerment and many other factors have sent tensions soaring between communities. The Joint Force of the Group of Five for the Sahel is making a significant effort to address threats that transcend national borders. However, an extra effort must be invested to ensure security in the Sahel region and the fundamental principles of human rights are to be taken into account,” said L. Linkevičius. The Foreign Minister noted that Lithuania had also contributed to the peacekeeping mission in Mali and participated in the UN mission MINUSMA by sending its troops.

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On 24 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Marshall Islands John M. Silk and signed a Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York.

In the meeting, the Foreign Ministers discussed climate change and priorities to tackle climate change, as well as opportunities for bilateral political and economic cooperation.

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Statement by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York, 23 September 2019.

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On 23 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in an event, which was co-organized by Lithuania, Latvia, the Czech Republic, and the OECD. The event on the margins of the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York, the U.S., focused on tackling climate change and achieving goals. Participants discussed consequences of climate change, the need to step up efforts by states to meet climate goals and to take into account people’s well-being, when shaping climate change policies.

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On 25 June, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations, Ambassador Audra Plepytė was elected as Chair of the fifth Meeting of States parties to the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. A. Plepytė is the first representative of the Eastern European Group to chair the meeting of the States Parties to the Convention after its entry into force in 2010.

In the Convention, "enforced disappearance" is defined as the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorisation, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place such a person outside the protection of the law.

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Statement by Lithuania on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic States: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden at the UNGA debate on the “Status of internally displaced persons and refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia, and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia”

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National statement delivered by Deputy Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN Ridas Petkus at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict.

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“Lithuania will retain its contribution to the United Nations-led Operation MINUSMA and will consider the possibilities to increase the number of deployed military personnel in 2020-2021,” Minister of National said at the United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference on March 29. The event focused on specialised measures for the countries to strengthen their capabilities deployed to operations, to step up operational efficiency, and to improve protection of civilians in the nearest while.

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