On 16 March the Lithuanian Permanent Mission in Geneva organized a concert dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Lithuanian State. Lithuania’s most celebrated international concert pianist, Mūza Rubackytė, played piano pieces by Čiurlionis, Beethoven, Schumann and Liszt with highest excellence and inspiration. Her performance enjoyed great success.
Last week, the Delegation of Lithuania continued active participation in the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
In the run-up to the next Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention in Geneva, Lithuania, in its capacity as the Eastern European Group cooridnator, on 14 March organized consultations of its regional group with the Chair of the Meeting, Chargé d‘affaires of Macedonia Ljupco Gjorgjinski.
The Delegation of Lithuania at the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council took the floor in the interactive dialogue with the Special Representatives of the Secretary General on violence against children and on children and armed conflict on 7 March and in the interactive dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights on 8 March.
On the 7 March Permanent representative of Lithuania to the World Trade Organization Dr. Dalia Kadišienė participated at the joint ITC and Maersk event “She Trades Globally” that was focusing on highlighting the role of women entrepreneurs moving from local business to global trade, which nowadays is an essential factor for economic development.
On March 6, Prof. Jonas Ruškus was introduced to the Group of French-speaking Ambassadors in Geneva as Lithuania's candidate for re-election to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the meeting he presented his activities during the first term, as well as academic and professional experience in the field of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
On 1 March, the Delegation of Lithuania took the floor at the 37th session of the Human Rights Council in the clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on human rights defenders and on torture.
On 1 March, the Lithuanian delegation presented its national plan of action towards achieving UN 2030 agenda and towards seeking sustainable development goals at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) regional forum on sustainability goals in Geneva. Permanent representative of Lithuania to the UN Office in Geneva Andrius Krivas encouraged UNECE Member States to pay more attention to the economic empowerment of women when seeking to achieve UN sustainable development goals. He pointed out that 60% of employees in the small and medium enterprises in Lithuania are women. Such enterprises largely contribute to the productivity of many countries, therefore, it is important to pay more attention to reflect appropriately gender equality issue in the legal systems of the countries of UNECE region.
“Having suffered under three occupations during World War II, Lithuania remembers and respects all victims of the Nazi and Communist totalitarian regimes. The end of the Second World War brought about the Soviet occupation that lasted half a century. The people of Lithuania were victims of crimes against humanity and human rights abuses by the Soviet authorities. Lithuanian freedom fighters, who took part in an armed resistance movement against the occupational authorities and domestic collaborators during a post-war period, deserve our utmost respect. They will always remain our heroes,” said the Ambassador Andrius Krivas, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN Office and other International Organisations in Geneva at the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 28 February in response to the statement by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. This morning Lavrov slammed Lithuania for ‘justifying Nazi collaborators’.
During the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council on 27 February, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius together with the Ukrainian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergiy Kyslytsya and the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov held a debate to discuss the human rights situation of the Crimean Tatars on the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula.
On 27 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius attended a high-level segment of the opening of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 37th session that focused on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
On the day of the 100th anniversary of the Lithuanian State Restoration, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania in Geneva Ambassador Andrius Krivas and his spouse Rūta Krivienė traveled to Lugano to honor the memory of two signatories of the 16 February 1918 Lithuania Independence Act who had lived there, Kazimieras Steponas Šaulys and Jurgis Šaulys.
The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania to the UN Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva wishes all Citizens and Friends of Lithuania a happy 100th anniversary of the Restoration of a sovereign Lithuanian State!
On 2 February, the Lithuanian Permanent Mission, in its capacity as coordinator of the Eastern European Group (EEG), organized its regional group's consultations with the Ambassador of India Mr. Amandeep Singh Gill, Chairperson of the Governmental Group of Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS) under the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). During the consultations the group members discussed the provisional agenda and programme of work of the upcoming meetings of the Group of Experts in April and August.
On 30 January, Lithuanian MFA Ambassador-at-Large for nuclear safety issues Darius Degutis visited Geneva. He is in charge of coordinating Lithuania’s position in international fora on issues related to the Belarusian nuclear power plant construction in Astravets, in the immediate proximity of the Lithuanian capital city, Vilnius.