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THEMATIC PRIORITIES

Slovenia's key priorities are gender equality, children's rights, the rights of the elderly, combating all forms of discrimination, human rights education, human rights and the environment, and human rights in development cooperation and security. Slovenia is also active in international efforts to abolish the death penalty, supports the role of human rights defenders and promotes respect for the rights of other vulnerable groups, such as LGBTI persons and persons with disabilities.

 

Women's rights and gender equality are important priority areas, because, despite numerous international agreements and considerable progress, women all around the world are still subject to discrimination, violence and unequal opportunities. In its foreign policy Slovenia – as a visible player in the multilateral environment – has for many years ardently advocated the promotion and protection of children's rights. Its priorities are primarily the protection of children against violence, including during armed conflict and in post-conflict situations, and their empowerment.

 

When considering human rights which take into account the specificities of particular periods of life, Slovenia strives to address the rights of the elderly in a more appropriate manner. The ageing of the population and related demographic changes are becoming a global trend which dictates proper responses. In recent years, Slovenia has thus been actively engaged in the domains of population ageing and rights of the elderly, and has made a considerable effort to have the Convention on the Rights of Older Persons adopted. 

 

Human rights education is vital for establishing and maintaining a democratic, tolerant and sustainable society with human values and mutual respect. Since 2009, Slovenia has been a member of the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training, and has participated in the World Programme for Human Rights Education.

 

Another priority area is the fight against all forms of discrimination. Every other year, Slovenia and Belgium together submit a resolution to the General Assembly reiterating international support for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

 

The international human rights framework contains no direct reference to the environment, but environmental aspects are a prerequisite for the enjoyment of human rights, particularly the right to life, health, food, water and housing. During the last decade, the international community has become increasingly aware of the close connection between human rights and the environment. Since 2011, Slovenia has participated in a group of countries which underline the connection between respect for human rights and enjoyment of safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment and table resolutions to the UN Human Rights Council.

 

Human rights in relation to development and security, which form the cornerstone of the United Nations, are also a priority area. Development and security are inconceivable without respect for human rights, which is why Slovenia makes every effort to bind human rights to these two areas.

 

Within its capacities, Slovenia also strives for the abolition of the death penalty, prohibition of torture, elimination of discrimination against LGBTI persons, respect for the human rights of persons with disabilities and human rights defenders, and the introduction of the concept of entrepreneurship as a human right.