The protection and promotion of human rights is a significant element of Slovenia’s foreign policy.
In the international community, Slovenia advocates a progressive approach, which on the one hand leads to further codification of international human rights law (development of new standards) and on the other to specific activities for ensuring the respect and application thereof. It is very important for Slovenia to engage in such activities both within its national policy, in international organizations, and in other initiatives. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is striving for Slovenia’s accession to new human rights documents and draws up national reports on their implementation on a regular basis.
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We will continue to promote a comprehensive approach addressing the human rights issues in close connection with the development and security policies instead of dealing with it separately. In addition to issues relating to gender equality (women and girls) and minority rights, the issue of children’s rights (both violence against children and children and armed conflict) will remain the focus of Slovenia’s activities. In addition, we would like to devote sufficient attention to enhancing tolerance and understanding among different cultures and religions, investing all possible efforts in promotion and support of Alliance of Civilizations.
We will continue to focus particularly on human rights education and the promotion of international law mechanisms for the protection of human rights.
We will continue to address human rights also through the “Responsibility to Protect” concept, human security framework and strive towards enhancing cooperation among all UN’s existing mechanisms.
We remain concerned about issues regarding racial discrimination and in this regard staying committed to the Convention on Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
UN PHOTO: Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Slovenia addresses High-Level Segment of the 19th session of the Human Rights Council, 28 February 2012.
Within the United Nations, Slovenia is active in two of its bodies on human rights issues: the Human Rights Council in Geneva (click for Permanent Representation of Slovenia in Geneva) and the Third Committee of the General Assembly in New York. It follows also work being done at the UN’s Office in Vienna, paying special attention to the Office on Drugs and Crime (click for Permanent Mission of Slovenia in Vienna).
In this session of the GA’s Third Committee, Slovenia, among others, actively contributed to adoption of two resolutions, namely Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Communications Procedure and United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. Both resolutions were adopted with consensus.
In February 2012 Slovenia announced its candidacy to the Human Rights Council for the 2016 – 2018 term. If elected, it will be the second time for Slovenia to take on this important task.
Slovenia actively advocates its key priorities also in the Security Council’s open debates: As a strong supporter of gender equality and empowerment of women we attach great importance to the implementation of the Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and Security Council Resolution 1820 with an emphasis on sexual violence in armed conflicts and post conflict situations. Slovenia is also closely following implementations of SC Resolutions 1539 and 1612 adopted for protection of children affected by armed conflict.
Our actions are also backed by involvement in the work of certain subsidiary bodies of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), such as the Commission on Status of Women and the Commission for Social Development, where we participate as an observer.
Ms. Violeta Neubauer of Slovenia is a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. The Convention by its dynamic provisions aims to secure the equal rights for women with men in the enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, without discrimination on the basis of sex.
Slovenian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Sanja Štiglic was the President of UNICEF Executive Board in 2011, during Slovenia’s three year membership of the Board (2009 – 2011). Priorities in the tenure comprised of activities in the fields of child protection and the education of girls, education on human and children's rights and the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.
Slovenia is a proud member of the following groups of friends:
- GoF of Children and Armed Conflict,
- GoF of Violence against Children,
- GoF of Responsibility to Protect,
- GoF of Human Security,
- GoF of Alliance of Civilizations,
- GoF of Sport for Development and Peace, and
- GoF of UN Democracy Fund.
Mr. Klemen Ponikvar, Second Secretary
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