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.
Friday, January 26, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - President Dalia Grybauskaitė was among the discussion leaders at the World Economic Forum's session "Central and Eastern Europe: A New Agenda for the Continent?" Also taking part in the discussion were Polish President Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
The President underlined that Europe was coming back with new leadership and new commitments to the future. In the face of global challenges, it is very much in the interest of smaller states to be part of a strong Community. Therefore, Lithuania and other countries of the region support closer integration in economic, cyber security and defense fields.
Thursday, January 25, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently attending the World Economic Forum, met with Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, Director General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
Dr. Fabiola Gianotti is one of seven women, representing the political, economic, scientific and academic elite, who was entrusted with formulating the World Economic Forum’s main theme, topics for discussion and selecting discussion leaders.
Thursday, January 25, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – President Dalia Grybauskaitė took part in the World Economic Forums’ theme discussion “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”.
Among the speakers at the closed session were EU leaders, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab, leading academic analysts and top-level CEOs. The discussion focused on how to overcome a fractured world and surging anti-globalization tendencies.
Thursday, January 25, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently attending the World Economic Forum, met with Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The meeting focused on Lithuania's progress towards OECD membership and the implementation of fundamental reforms necessary for accession and for the general well-being of the country and its people.
Wednesday, January 24, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė is leaving for Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos. The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is described as a historic come-together of Europe and America, which will gather a record number of participants from the highest levels of political, business, academic and cultural leadership.
On 18 January, a meeting of the EU Council's Working Party on Human Rights (capitals formation) with the EU Permanent Representatives to the UN Office took place in the premises of the EU Delegation in Geneva.
On Monday, 8 January 2018, Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas and Director General of CERN Dr. Fabiola Gianotti exchanged diplomatic notes about the completion of necessary procedures for the entry into force of the Agreement on Lithuania‘s associate membership at CERN. As of this date, Lithuania becomes an associate member at CERN. Dr. Fabiola Gianotti congratulated Lithuania on becoming the first Baltic State to achieve this status.
Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated 15,000 euros for humanitarian assistance in Yemen and Syria each and 10,000 euros for humanitarian assistance in Albania.
On 15 December 2017, the hand-over of the coordination function of the Central European and Baltic States (CEBS) regional group took place at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Georgia that served as CEBS coordinator in 2017 has passed these duties over to Lithuania that will provide coordinatorship throughout 2018. Representatives of Lithuania and other members of the group thanked the Permanent Representative of Georgia Ambassador Shalva Tsiskarashvili and the Intellectual Property Adviser at the Georgian Permanent Mission Ms. Ani Gobechia for their excellent work, which enabled CEBS to make a particularly solid contribution to the work of WIPO. At the meeting, Lithuania was represented by Deputy Director of the Lithuanian State Patent Bureau Mr. Žilvinas Danys, Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas and Counsellor of the Permanent Mission Mrs. Renata Rinkauskienė.
On 15 December 2017, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore presented to delegates in Geneva an oral update on the human rights situation in Ukraine on the basis of the 20th periodic report by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.
Lithuanian delegation, led by Vice-minister of the Interior Giedrius Surplys, participated at the tenth annual UN High Commissioner’s for Refugees Dialogue on Protection Challenges, which took place on 12 and 13 December 2017 in Geneva. This year’s Dialogue on the theme of “Towards a Global Compact on Refugees” serves as a stocktaking conference to assess outcomes of the extensive consultations held with a wide range of actors in the course of 2017 on the development of the global compact. The Dialogue also brings together the lessons learned from the application of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in various contexts.
On 5 December the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva Ambassador Andrius Krivas made a statement at the annual UNHCR Pledging Conference.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated EUR 50,000 in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. EUR 25,000 in humanitarian assistance to help Ukraine will be transferred to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and another EUR 25,000 will be channelled through the International Organization for Migration. The aim is to support humanitarian response to help people affected by the conflict in Ukraine, responding to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs appeal of 28 November for US$ 146.7 million or 72 per cent of the required funds for the implementation of the Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan that has been reviewed in 2017.