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Minister Erjavec attends 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, 27 February 2018 – Today, Minister Erjavec is attending the introductory high-level segment of the 37th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council. On the sidelines of the meeting, he met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and had brief bilateral meetings with the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad Al Malki, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel Al-Jubeir, the Japanese Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Horii and the Czech Foreign Minister, Martin Stropnický.
In his address, Minister Erjavec reiterated Slovenia's full support for, and dedication to, the work and mandate of the Council as the central UN body for the protection and promotion of human rights. This is also reflected in this year’s presidency of the Council, of which Slovenia is especially proud. He went on to outline Slovenia’s priorities and activities, which follow the priorities of its activity within the scope of HRC membership. He underlined two resolutions to be proposed by Slovenia at the Council session, which reflect the prioritised areas of human rights and the environment and the rights of members of minorities. He also presented the conclusions of the High-Level Conference on Policies for Equal Ageing, which was co-organised by the OECD and Slovenia at Brdo in January this year.


Minister Erjavec also underlined the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 70th anniversary of which is being celebrated this year. Slovenia is fully committed to the further promotion of universal principles and standards of human rights and to their progressive development. He also expressed Slovenia’s concern over the human rights situation in Syria, Myanmar, Ukraine, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.


At the meeting with High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Minister Erjavec thanked him for his participation at last year’s Bled Strategic Forum in the panel discussion on the challenges of human rights worldwide, and invited him to participate this year. As the High Commissioner's mandate ends this year, Minister Erjavec thanked him for his efforts and expressed support for the independence of his Office.


Minister Erjavec had several bilateral meetings. With the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs they discussed the Middle East Peace Process, the situation in the region and bilateral relations between Slovenia and Palestine. The meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia focused on bilateral relations, particularly the economic cooperation between the countries. In the meeting with the deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Japan they discussed the security situation in East Asia, bilateral relations between Slovenia and Japan and the situation in the Western Balkan region. Minister Erjavec also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chechia. They discussed bilateral economic cooperation and the situations in Syria and Ukraine.
The Council session ends on 23 March 2018. This is the first Council session this year to be presided over by Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations Office at Geneva, who was elected to serve as the Council’s President throughout 2018. Slovenia took over at the beginning of the year.