Slovenia in the United Nations

Slovenia became a member of the United Nations on 22 May 1992. This marked the end of the process of independence and Slovenia emerged as a sovereign, independent and internationally recognised country.

Accession to the United Nations was a great diplomatic success and, to mark the occasion, 22 May was declared Slovenian Diplomacy Day. 


Within the UN, Slovenia works for a better future by strengthening international peace and security, supporting sustainable development, advancing international law, protecting human rights, promoting democracy and combating climate change. Effective and rules-based multilateralism, with the UN at its core, remains a key priority for Slovenia. We support UN reform and advocate respect for international law and the principles of the UN Charter.

Slovenia is also engaged in specialised agencies, funds, programmes and other bodies of the UN system, such as WHO, UNESCO and UNICEF. We strive to ensure that Slovenia's interests, values and positions are visible and taken into account both at the negotiating table and in the day-to-day work of the UN.

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Global challenges

As a developed, responsible and active country, Slovenia shapes policies and actions to address global development challenges. Together with partners, it works towards a sustainable, just, inclusive and secure future for all. As a non-permanent member of the Security Council (2024–2025), Slovenia aims to make a positive contribution to ensuring peace and security, prosperity and a life of dignity for present and future generations.



The United Nations Association of the People's Republic of Slovenia is founded.


On 28 November 1986, the Škocjan Caves are entered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This is the first Slovenian property to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.


Slovenj Gradec becomes the first and only Slovenian town to be awarded the honorary title of UN Peace Messenger City for its commitment to peace in various fields of social life.


On 22 May 1992, Slovenia officially becomes a member of the United Nations, and the Slovenian flag is raised for the first time in front of the UN headquarters. Ever since, this day is celebrated as Slovenian Diplomacy Day.


Slovenian troops participate in a UN-led peacekeeping operation for the first time. The mission took place in the border area between the Greek and Turkish parts of Cyprus.


Slovenia is elected for the first time as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 1998–1999 term. Slovenia holds the presidency of the UN Security Council in August 1998 and November 1999.


The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is established. In 2007, the Panel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for raising public awareness of the fatal consequences of global warming; as part of the IPCC team, Dr Lučka Kajfež Bogataj of Slovenia was a co-recipient of the Prize.


First participation of Slovenian police officers in a peacekeeping operation (Timor-Leste).


First visit at the level of UN Secretary-General to Slovenia by Ban Ki-moon.


The National Youth Council of Slovenia, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth and the UN Association for Slovenia, establishes the UN Youth Delegate Slovenia.


On 20 December 2017, UN Member States unanimously approve Slovenia's proposal to declare 20 May World Bee Day.


Nina Raduha from Slovenia becomes the first woman to command a UNIFIL Contingent.


Slovenia takes over the one-year presidency of the Human Rights Council.


The Peace Operations and Training Centre (POTC) is founded in Slovenia.


The International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) is established in Ljubljana under the auspices of UNESCO.


Slovenia is elected for the first time as a member of the Commission on Narcotic drugs (CND).


The UN Human Rights Council adopts a resolution on the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, initiated by Slovenia, Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco and Switzerland.


Slovenia ranks 9th out of 193 countries in the Sustainable Development Goals Index.


On 9 December 2021, Slovenia announces its candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2024–2025 term.


Slovenia becomes the 100th member of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).


On 10 June 2022, Slovenia is elected, with 176 votes, as a non-permanent member of the UN Economic and Social Council for the 2023–2025 term.


Slovenia proposes the appointment of a UN Special Envoy for Water. 150 countries support this proposal.


On 6 June 2023, Slovenia is elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2024–2025 term with 153 votes.

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