On 14-15 October, Ambassador Vaidotas Verba, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the International Organizations in Vienna, participated at a conference „ODIHR: three decades and ready for the future Democracy, human rights and security“ marking the 30th anniversary of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
On 14 October in New York, the UN General Assembly elected Lithuania to the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the 2022-2024 term. 178 UN member states expressed their support to Lithuania. Until now, the country has been an observer state of the UN Human Rights Council and will become a full-fledged member for the first time on 1 January 2022 for a period of three years.
Malmö International Forum, 12-13 October 2021
The Lithuanian government is engaged in a number of initiatives on Holocaust remembrance and education, which are to be implemented within a 5-year perspective. The most significant of them include opening new museum spaces and updating existing school curricula incorporating modern teaching recommendations on the Holocaust. This is an important contribution to raising awareness and educating society not only about the Holocaust but also the ages rich history of Jews in Lithuania. It was extensively presented during the year 2020, which was officially dedicated to the Vilna Gaon and saw a significant increase of interest in Jewish life, history and heritage in Lithuania.
On 11 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Liz Truss in London, the United Kingdom. The interlocutors expressed their positions on relations with China and Russia, particularly focusing on prospects of bilateral economic cooperation.
On 11 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis attended a meeting of the Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, and British Foreign Ministers in London, the United Kingdom, which focused on relations with Russia and China, the Euro-Atlantic security, climate change policy, cybersecurity, and economic cooperation.
On 11 October, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis will pay a working visit to London, United Kingdom, to attend the meeting of foreign ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and the United Kingdom.
On 8 October, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas, together with Estonian Foreign Affairs Minister Eva-Maria Liimets and Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs attended the UN Sceurity Council meeting under the Arria format convened in Tallinn by Estonia intended to discuss human rights violations in Belarus.
On 7 October, Chargé d’Affaires of Lithuania in Geneva, Donatas Tamulaitis, took the floor at the 48th session of the Human Rights Council in the General Debate on technical assistance and capacity building.
On 6 October, Chargé d'Affaires of Lithuania in Geneva Mr Donatas Tamulaitis took the floor at the general debate of the 72nd session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) programme.
On 5-6 October, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius participated in the 2nd part of the 2021 Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level, which gathered leaders and Ministers under the theme of “Shared Values: Building a Green and Inclusive Future”, to honour the organisation’s 60th anniversary and to focus on the crucial work at hand.
On 5 October, Lithuania took the floor at the Human Rights Council 48th Session’s Interactive Dialog with the United Nations (UN) Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Nada Al-Nashif, based on the oral update on the human rights situation in Ukraine.
On 30 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Egidijus Meilūnas met with the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister for Nordic Cooperation Flemming Møller Mortensen.
On 30 September, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Spain Lyra Puišytė-Bostroem remotely presented copies of her letters of credence to Pablo Anselmo Tettamanti, Deputy Foreign Minister of Argentina. The Ambassador will present the original letters of credence to the President of Argentina.
On 29-30 September, the Permanent Representatives of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland in Geneva met with the Director General of the International Organization for Migration António Vitorino and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to discuss the challenges posed by irregular migration from Belarus to the EU.
Delivered by the Chargé d'Affaires of Lithuania in Geneva Mr Donatas Tamulaitis
September 29, 2021