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The UN Secretary-General and the leaders of the Baltic states meet to mark the 30th anniversary of UN membership

2021-09-22

On his visit to the United Nations, President Gitanas Nausėda of Lithuania, together with President Egils Levits of Latvia and President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, met with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

The Secretary-General and the leaders of the Baltic states marked the 30th anniversary of UN membership of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. At the meeting, the President of Lithuania underscored that, during these years, Lithuania contributed to strengthening the global community by being a member of the UN Security Council (2014-2015), defending the principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, and deploying troops and police forces to the UN peacekeeping operations in Mali and Cyprus.

The meeting also addressed the security situation in the region and the common challenges faced by the Baltic states: hybrid attack by Belarus, an influx of illegal migrants, organized by the regime, and the Belarus nuclear power plant failing to meet international security standards.

“Beyond any doubt, the actions of Belarus pose threat to global security and peace and contribute to the destabilization of the situation in Europe. The Minsk regime uses unconventional warfare as part of the hybrid attack by hijacking a civilian aircraft, instrumentalizing migration, and using propaganda. The international community must stand united against such attempts to destabilize the situation in the world and in Europe,” the President of Lithuania stated at the meeting.

Gitanas Nausėda said that by presenting its candidature to the UNESCO Executive Board (2021-2025) and the Human Rights Council (2022-2024), Lithuania was ready to contribute to the UN’s efforts to rebuild trust in the world order, to adhere to a comprehensive vision of human rights and to work meaningfully to engage young people, change education, and focus on skills development.

According to Gitanas Nausėda, Lithuania supports the United Nations Report “Our Common Agenda” launched by the Secretary General. The Report clearly demonstrates that decisions and real actions to combat climate change are needed now. Therefore, it is crucially important for every country to come to the upcoming COP26 meeting in Glasgow with the most ambitious proposals.

At the end of the meeting, the leaders of the Baltic States invited the UN Secretary-General to visit the Baltic States.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2021.09.22 17:39

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