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Priorities of the Republic of Slovenia at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly

In light of its foreign policy objectives and taking into consideration the priorities of the EU, the Republic of Slovenia will actively promote and pursue its priorities for the 68th session of the General Assembly - the main topic of which is 'Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the stage' - and, within the scope of its capacities, contribute and actively participate also in discussions on other items on the agenda of the 68th session of the General Assembly.

Slovenia will strongly promote principles of human rights, dignity and democracy. Furthermore, it will support the development of new standards, the consistent implementation of existing commitments and strengthening of the treaty bodies system. It will promote respect for the rights of the child and women's rights, including the elimination of violence against women, respect for the rights of disabled, LGBT people and other vulnerable groups. It will support the efforts to eliminate all forms of discrimination and racial intolerance, advocate the rights of national and ethnic minorities, promote freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, encourage human rights education and promotion of human rights in relation to environment. Slovenia will work actively to gain support for its candidature for a seat on the Human Rights Council for the period 2016–2018.

Slovenia will seek to strengthen preventive diplomacy. To this end, it will strongly advocate the principle of the responsibility to protect and, as an active member of the Group of Friends of the Responsibility to Protect, contribute to the functioning of the national focal points network, the discussion on responsible sovereignty, the prevention of the most serious human rights violations and international crimes, and encourage countries to put these principles into practice. Slovenia will remain committed to the protection of civilians and will call for the implementation of all resolutions related to women, peace and security. It will support the efforts of the international community for the protection of children in armed conflicts. It will continue to be active in the field of human security, within both the Friends of Human Security and the Human Security Network. As a member of the Group of Friends of Mediation, Slovenia will actively support the use of mediation as a means of peaceful conflict resolution and strive for the implementation of the United Nations Guidance for effective mediation. International peace and security can only be maintained by respecting the rule of law. Slovenia will continue to support the efforts of the UN to promote the rule of law at the national, regional and international levels. It will resolutely support the International Criminal Court and other international instruments regarding individual criminal responsibility. As an active member of the Alliance of Civilisations, it will encourage intercultural and interfaith dialogue and strive for the strengthening of trust and understanding between different cultures, especially between the Western and Muslim world.

As a member of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, Slovenia will continue to participate actively in implementing the agreements from the Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). It will seek a balanced approach to the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development in all processes. It will endeavour to contribute to a comprehensive Post-2015 Development Agenda that will address the eradication of poverty as well as ensure sustainable development. It will stress the importance of an active approach towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Within the scope of its capacities, Slovenia will continue to pursue its commitments with regard to the official development assistance and the goals defined in the Resolution on International Development Cooperation of the Republic of Slovenia until 2015. Bearing in mind the importance of climate and other environmental changes, which influence food, energy and water security as well as migration flows and human health, consequently endangering social and economic development, and international peace and security, it will pay special attention to climate change, water, energy, forests, and biodiversity. In these areas, it will also be active as the initiator of the Green Group. It will advocate the sustainable management of natural resources. As a coastal state, Slovenia will pay particular attention to the protection of the marine environment and support all UN efforts to protect and preserve the oceans.

Slovenia will continue its longstanding activities regarding the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, disarmament and control of conventional weapons. As a signatory to the Arms Trade Treaty, it will call for its earliest implementation. It will also continue its activities in the areas of demining and providing humanitarian assistance for mine victims, and encourage the consistent implementation of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention and its universality. It will support the revitalisation of the Conference on Disarmament and strive for a successful conclusion to the review conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 2015, also in the light of pursuing the long-term goal of a world without nuclear weapons. It will seek the formation of clear sanction regime procedures and their reinforcement. It will promote the enhancement of the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and support further efforts for the universality of counter-terrorism instruments.

Slovenia will also closely follow other areas and issues of the 68th UN General Assembly and Security Council agenda. It will advocate the UN's central role in global governance and call for a comprehensive reform of the organisation, including the Security Council, and for rationalising and strengthening the efficiency of the work of the UN, which needs to adapt to the changed geostrategic situation and respond to the global financial and economic challenges that its member states are facing. In order to strengthen its visibility and position, Slovenia will remain active in international organisations, and will strive for adequate representation in the UN system at all levels.

Slovenia will pursue its priorities during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly within the framework of the EU and by cooperating with like-minded countries from different regions, including through activities within the different groups of friends of which it is a member.