Geneva, 5 June 2018. Professor Dainius Pūras of Lithuania, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, has been elected Chairperson of the Coordination Committee of UN Special Procedures.
At the ongoing 30th session of the Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review of human rights, on May 16 the Permanent Representative of Lithuania in Geneva, Ambassador Andrius Krivas, took the floor in the UPR interactive discussion with Cuba.
At the ongoing 30th session of the Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review of human rights, on May 14, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania in Geneva, Ambassador Andrius Krivas, took the floor in the UPR interactive discussion with Russia.
At the ongoing 30th session of the Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review of human rights, on May 9, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania in Geneva, Ambassador Andrius Krivas, took the floor in the interactive discussion with Uzbekistan.
Lithuania's Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr. Dalia Kadišienė, will be chairing the Committee on Trade Facilitation of this international organization for the upcoming year.
On 26 April, as every last Thursday of April since 2015, many countries over the world celebrate an International Girls in ICT Day, which is held under initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
The Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is holding its second session from 23 April to 4 May 2018 in Geneva. At the general debate Ms Jorūnė Martinavičiūtė, Third Secretary of Lithuanian Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva delivered Lithuania‘s national statement which stressed Lithuania‘s resolute and continuous efforts to seek successful implementation of NPT goals in the fields of nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament and peaceful use of nuclear energy.
On 19 April, Lithuania hosted a reception for participants of the ITU Council in which Feliksas Dorovolskis, Director General of the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), and Ambassador Andrius Krivas, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva, presented Dr. Mindaugas Žilinskas, Deputy Director General of the CRA, as a candidate to the post of ITU Radiocommunications Bureau Director as well as Lithuania’s candidacy for re-election to the ITU Council.
On 17-27 April, a Lithuanian delegation led by Feliksas Dorovolskis, Director General of the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) and Dr. Mindaugas Žilinskas, Deputy Director General of the CRA takes part in the ITU Council annual meeting in Geneva.
On 11 April in Geneva Ambassador at large for migration and refugee issues Giedrius Čekuolis, on the margins of formal consultations on the Global compact on refugees, has met with the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William L. Swing.
On 3 April, a High-level pledging event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, organised by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) together with the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland, took place at the United Nations Office in Geneva. As the armed conflict continues, Yemen remains the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, where a record 22.2 million people, or 75 percent of the population, are now in need of humanitarian assistance – 3.4 million more than last year.
On 19-23 March, at the 35th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) negotiations on a new international legal instrument with regard to intellectual property issues related to genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge took place in Geneva. Lithuania, co-ordinator of the Central European and Baltic States Group (CEBS), represented position of 18 countries of the CEBS Group aiming to ensure that the new WIPO instrument would set right conditions for promotion of innovations based on sustainable use of genetic resources, including in the area of biotechnology and life sciences, while being in accordance with other international instruments.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated EUR 55 000 for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, of which EUR 20 000 will be transferred to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and EUR 35 000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Thus, Lithuania aims to contribute to the provision of humanitarian aid in Ukraine, taking into account the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) call for $187 million to launch Ukraine’s Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2018.
On 23 March, the 37th session of the Human Rights Council completed its work in Geneva. During the last week of the session’s proceedings, the Lithuanian Delegation took the floor three more times.