Statement of H.E. Jānis Mažeiks, Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations On behalf of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania at the 9th informal interactive dialogue of the UN General Assembly on the Responsibility to Protect New York, 6 September 2017
I am honored to speak on behalf of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. [We also align with the statement of the European Union.]
We thank the UN Secretary-General for the ninth report on this important topic. We fully support his recommendation to do better to implement the responsibility to protect (R2P) in practice by strengthening accountability for prevention. Implementation of R2P goes hand in hand with his broader appeal for peace and prevention of conflicts.
Statement by Mr. Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania
"Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world"
Mr. President, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
My delegation aligns itself with the statement made on behalf of the European Union. In my national capacity, allow me to underline the following.
The entire world progresses in implementing Sustainable Development Goals that are universal, integrated and indivisible. Lithuania welcomes the approach to mobilize early action on each of them. This year we discuss poverty eradication and promoting prosperity, though bearing in mind that sustainable development will be achieved only by sustaining peace and ensuring the respect to human rights.
Older people in Lithuania meet age related challenges, and the task of the Government is to assist them and to give considerable attention for the issues related to the ageing society. In Lithuania older people are encouraged to take part in social, economic, political and cultural life by ensuring representation of their interests.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Lithuania ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol in 2010 and has since taken measures to ensure its effective implementation and to guarantee quality life for persons with disabilities. Lithuania’s first implementation report was submitted in April 2016.
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Baltic and Nordic States: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and my own country Lithuania. Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Ireland, and Poland align themselves with this statement.
With the global number of refugees and displaced persons reaching tens of millions of persons, including hundreds of thousands in Georgia, the urgency to address the needs and plight of those affected is more than evident.
The World Humanitarian Summit and UN summit for Refugees and Migrants held in 2016 have once again highlighted the crippling impact that protracted conflicts and continued displacement have on affected persons and communities, with serious repercussions at a regional and international level. Therefore we fully support the UN Secretary-General’s call for renewed efforts to prevent internal displacement, address its root causes and support affected communities.
This resolution commits us all to continue working for the protection and assistance to those who have been forcibly displaced from the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia regions of Georgia.
We thank the Uruguayan Presidency of the Security Council for convening the open debate on the issue that plagues and exacerbates many contemporary conflicts.
At the outset, we commend Ms. Zainab Bangura, for her hard work and dedication as SRSG on conflict-related sexual violence for the past years. We congratulate Ms. Pramila Patten with her recent appointment and wish her success.
I thank Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed and other briefers, Mr. Dieng and Ms. Jaf, for their critical contributions and testimonies. We welcome the comprehensive report of the UN Secretary-General and its recommendations.
Lithuania aligns itself with the statements delivered by the European Union and the Group of Friends of Women, Peace and Security.
Almost a decade has passed since the Security Council recognized sexual violence as a tactic of war. Despite all efforts of the international community, conflict-related sexual violence remains an acute issue. It is getting more complex with ever increasing violent extremism and terrorism, displacement driven by conflict, mass migration and human trafficking.