On Thursday, President Gitanas Nausėda presented credentials to Darius Staniulis, Lithuania’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva.
During the meeting, the President and the newly appointed Ambassador discussed Lithuania’s strategic interests and specific directions of work in multilateral diplomacy within the UN system.
According to Gitanas Nausėda, it is necessary to pursue the goals of promoting our values, such as the development of democracy and freedom, enhancing Lithuania’s influence and visibility in international organizations as well as increasing Lithuania’s involvement in the governance structures of international organizations.
“Lithuania has to work actively in multilateral formats and international organizations as well as participate and jointly implement a unified and effective EU external policy. Together with the EU and our allies, we can defend and protect democratic values in the field of human rights, artificial intelligence and all other issues in international multilateral organizations,” the President said.
According to Gitanas Nausėda, Lithuania’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council means that during the next two years of membership we must seek progress in the priority areas we have identified: ensuring the rights of children and people with disabilities, protecting human rights defenders, guaranteeing human rights in armed conflict, as well as gender equality, safety of journalists, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion and belief.
The meeting highlighted the work of relevance to Lithuania in Geneva and in the World Health Organization, in particular participation in the preparation of a future pandemic treaty. The work at the International Organization for Migration and at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in addressing current issues of irregular migration was also emphasized at the meeting.
The President and Ambassador Darius Staniulis also discussed Lithuania’s further cooperation with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
Geneva is home to 39 accredited international organizations and their branches and bodies, which makes it a very important space for multilateral action in the pursuit of the interests of both Lithuania and the EU as a whole.
Last updated 2022.01.06 16:35Back