Membership Priorities

As a member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in the 2024–2025 term, Slovenia will continue its integrative and responsible approach.

It will strive for efficient and transparent functioning of the Security Council and for the fulfilment of its obligations in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

It will base its activities on respect for international law and the protection of human rights, taking into account a gender perspective. It will focus on the following themes, which it will advocate both as individual and as cross-cutting issues in all aspects of its activities in the UNSC.

Conflict prevention

Conflict Prevention

The number of armed conflicts in the world is at its highest since World War II.

Armed conflicts and violence cause many deaths, mass displacement and violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. The UNSC will need to focus more efforts on preventing the processes that lead to conflicts or their escalation and atrocities and, in particular, on responding to them in a timely and appropriate manner.

Slovenia will look for opportunities to address the challenges and the possible use of artificial intelligence in conflict prevention, including the fight against disinformation.

  • Slovenia will draw attention to gross and systematic human rights violations and abuses that could lead to the outbreak of armed conflict.
  • It will advocate the strengthening and timely adoption of preventive diplomacy measures, including mediation.
  • It will promote enhanced cooperation with regional organisations, relevant UN bodies and organs and civil society.
Protecting population

Protecting Population in Armed Conflicts

Civilians are the most frequent victims of armed conflict, especially in urban settings.

They are often the victims of mines and unexploded ordnance, and the targets of deliberate attacks that undermine their access to shelter, food and water, schools and health facilities. Slovenia will work to strengthen activities that protect civilians and critical civilian infrastructure in armed conflict.

It will pay particular attention to the most vulnerable, especially children. It will strive to protect humanitarian space and draw attention to the urgency of providing humanitarian assistance. It will focus on preventing and mitigating the possible adverse impact of sanctions on humanitarian action.

  • Slovenia will call for full respect for and implementation of international humanitarian law, with a focus on the protection of water resources and water infrastructure.
  • It will support the functioning of international courts, international criminal tribunals and other mechanisms to ensure accountability and prosecute those responsible for international crimes.
  • It will support the work of humanitarian organisations, including in sanctioned areas.
Women, peace and security

Women, Peace and Security

Slovenia will work towards the full implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

In doing so, it will address both the disproportionate impact of armed conflict on women and girls and the positive role of women as active stakeholders in political and security processes.

It will promote the consideration of their specific circumstances and the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in the work, activities and products of the UNSC.

  • Slovenia will advocate the full, equal and effective participation of women in conflict prevention and resolution processes and in efforts for lasting peace.
  • It will seek ways for the UNSC to more effectively address and ensure accountability for conflict-related sexual violence.
  • It will promote the participation of women in the work of the UNSC.
Climate, peace and security

Climate, Peace and Security

Climate change, degradation of the natural environment, threats to food security and increasing water scarcity are all catalysts for risks that can undermine international stability and security and, in some cases, even threaten the very existence of countries.

To ensure lasting peace and development, these factors must be taken into account in efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts and to consolidate peace. At the same time, climate action can be an opportunity to strengthen and build peace and security.

As a country that, with a group of co-sponsors, achieved the declaration of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment at the UN General Assembly in 2022, Slovenia will pay particular attention to climate, water, peace and security.

  • Slovenia will be mindful to ensure that the risks associated with the effects of climate change, environmental degradation, food security and water security are taken into account when analysing and anticipating threats.
  • It will advocate the systematic mainstreaming of climate, environment and water into the UNSC's activities aimed at conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
  • It will integrate climate, environment and water with other membership priorities.
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