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.
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.
On 18 September in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended side events of the United Nations General Assembly on reforms of the UN.
“The modern world is much different from the one in which the United Nations started its activities more than seven decades ago. Therefore, it’s high time we made some changes. The activities of the United Nations have to be more transparent, effective, and results-oriented. Thus Lithuania supports the reform initiatives launched by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and is ready to take an active part in the reform process,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linkevičius.
On September 5th, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania, H.E. Ms. Audra Plepytė, together with Permanent Representatives of Latvia and Estonia opened an Exhibition at the UN Headquarters in New York, dedicated to the Baltic Appeal to the United Nations movement (BATUN). The exhibition was prepared by the Museum of Occupation of Latvia and presents activities of social organizations during the time of occupation of the Baltic States between 1966 and 1991.
On 18 August, Lithuania’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Audra Plepytė presented her letters of credence to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
After the ceremony, the officials discussed the important role of the United Nations in addressing the main global challenges: regional conflicts, management of illegal migration, as well as ensuring the respect for human rights.
Today we celebrate a hero of three nations- Lithuania, Poland and the United States. Tadeusz Kosciusko was a brilliant military engineer, who constructed impenetrable fortifications to defend America’s freedom, and this place, West Point, is a testimony to his engineering talent.