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As the president of the presiding state, President Pahor addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

Geneva, 20. 6. 2018 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is on a working visit to Geneva, where he was the main speaker today at the 38th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (hereinafter: HRC).

In his formal address, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, as the President of the presiding state, also responded to the exit of the US from the UN Human Rights Council: “The decision of the USA to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council is bad news. It is bad news for the Human Rights Council, the United Nations, the USA, and anyone who cares about human rights,” the President said. In President Pahor’s opinion, the UN Human Rights Council will be weaker without the USA, but the USA’s efforts to encourage and protect human rights around the world will be weaker as well.

In his speech, the President warned of the importance of observing international norms and standards, including the importance of observing international law and the decisions of international courts.

Ahead of today’s formal speech at the session of the UN Human Rights Council, the President visited the headquarters of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The President was received by Director-General Dr Fabiola Gianotti. The presentation of CERN’s activities was led by Eckhard Elsen, Director of Research and Computing.

On this occasion, the President also met the Slovenian scientists who are conducting research at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. In 2016, President Pahor awarded the Order of Merit to a group of Slovenian scientists working on the Atlas experiment at CERN for their outstanding scientific achievements in experimental particle physics and technological development and for their contribution to establishing Slovenian science in international research. Led by the Director for Accelerators, Dr Frédérick Bordry, the President toured the underground areas of the Atlas experiment and the Large Hadron Collider.

Today, at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the President of the Republic of Slovenia also met its Director-General and attended a reception held by the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the UN Office and other international organisations in Geneva on the occasion of the President's visit and to observe Statehood Day.

The President of Slovenia concluded his visit to Geneva by meeting the President of the Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset, with whom he discussed the good relations between the countries and current international affairs in Europe and the world.

They exchanged views on the future of the EU. They agreed that those who believe in the European Union must now stand together and make an effort to develop it further. They also discussed European foreign policy and mentioned EU-US relations. Finally, the presidents also exchanged views on current issues in the neighbouring region of the Western Balkans. They agreed that the ratification of the agreement on the name of North Macedonia, which was ratified today by the Macedonian parliament, is a very positive sign for all the countries in the region.

Yesterday, on the first day of the visit, the President met the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, and the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. In late afternoon, President Pahor was accompanied by President Bach on a tour of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

Kot predsednik predsedujoče države predsednik Pahor nagovoril Svet OZN za človekove pravice v Ženevi
Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré/UN Photo

Predsednik Republike Slovenije in predsednik Švicarske konfederacije Alain Berset

Predsednik republike v CERNu
Photo: Julien Ordan/CERN

Predsednik Pahor si je ogledal Olimpijski muzej v Lozani
Photo: Greg Martin/MOK