National statement delivered by Ambassador Audra Plepytė, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN, at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on ““Towards the successful implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda: moving from commitments to accomplishments in preparation for the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325” ".
On 25 June, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations, Ambassador Audra Plepytė was elected as Chair of the fifth Meeting of States parties to the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. A. Plepytė is the first representative of the Eastern European Group to chair the meeting of the States Parties to the Convention after its entry into force in 2010.
In the Convention, "enforced disappearance" is defined as the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorisation, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place such a person outside the protection of the law.
On 12 March the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė took part in a high level meeting on Women in Power at the invitation of María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the United Nations General Assembly. The event aims to attract attention to major obstacles for women’s participation in politics and business, promote women’s leadership and share experiences on women’s empowerment.
The event hosted by President of the UN General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés was attended by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović of Croatia, President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, the presidents of Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, the prime minister of Iceland, the vice president of Columbia, the vice president of Panama, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, ministers, and other high ranking officials.