Slovak Republic’s Performance in the UN Security Council (2006-2007) Cover Image

Pôsobenie Slovenskej republiky v Bezpečnostnej rade OSN (2006 – 2007)
Slovak Republic’s Performance in the UN Security Council (2006-2007)

Author(s): Peter Burian
Subject(s): Politics, Governance, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Evaluation research
Published by: Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)
Keywords: Slovakia; 2007; foreign policy; UN; security council; performance; evaluation; UNSC; presidency;
Summary/Abstract: Our membership in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was a unique opportunity to show that the Slovak Republic is a responsible member of the international community capable of contributing to the resolution of both global and regional issues. It was historically the first membership of the independent Slovak Republic in the UNSC, which is generally considered the most effective instrument for dealing with the questions of international peace and security. Slovakia was thus given the historically first opportunity to assume an appropriate share of global responsibility and directly take part in the resolution of current security issues and challenges in the world and in the adoption of the relevant decisions of this body. In this spirit, we pursued the following basic objectives and principles during the UNSC membership: • promotion of democratic values and rigorous application of the principles of international law with the goal of contributing to both the resolution of crisis situations in the world and to the effective operation of this UN body; • reinforcement of the international standing of the SR as a country capable of contributing to the resolution of complex international problems; • utilization of the SR’s unique transition experience, Slovak diplomacy’s expert potential, and comprehensive knowledge of certain regions to enrich the UNSC debate and to seek effective solutions intended to reinforce regional as well as global security and stability; • rigorous defense of SR’s interests and security priorities as laid down in The Security Strategy of the SR; effective application of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU; • active contribution to the effective operation of the UNSC and to the reinforcement of its transparency and openness, in particular towards other UN member states, including complex reform of the UNSC and the reform of its working methods. I believe that the results we achieved while pursuing the afore-mentioned objectives, as well as the impression we have left behind in the UNSC thanks to the superior and responsible execution of our membership, fully reaffirm that we have handled the exceptionally demanding task very well. The experience and reputation our foreign service has gained during the Security Council membership needs to be utilized adequately in the upcoming years to further our standing on the international scene. One of the ways of achieving this is also building upon what we have started and accomplished in the Security Council.

  • Page Range: 27-38
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Language: Slovak