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The President of the Republic opened the simulation of the United Nations conference "Model United Nations"

Kranj, 14. 1. 2022 | press release

Today, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, opened the simulation of the United Nations "Model United Nations" conference, which is being prepared this year by students from the Kranj Gymnasium. The international project Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nations conference, where students gain knowledge of diplomacy, international relations and the functioning of the organization.

The President of the Republic opened the simulation of the United Nations conference "Model United Nations"
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Below is the text of the address by President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor. Check against delivery!

"Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very glad and honoured to have the opportunity to address you.

I would like to invite you to express your views freely, no matter how different and diverse they may be.

I would like to invite you to address views different from your own with tolerance and respect.

And finally, I would like to invite you to lead a tolerant dialogue and establish common views for the benefit of all.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The times we live in do not celebrate a high culture of dialogue. The times we live in therefore lack cooperation. Without dialogue and cooperation, however, the community faces a threat of dissent and possibly even division.

None of this is necessary or needed. In dialogue and cooperation, we can overcome even the greatest differences and strengthen the community. In this domestic and international situation, I consider this to be one of the most important values.

Where there is strong will, there are no irreconcilable differences. Even if our views are irreconcilable at times, this can be respectfully tolerated instead of intensified. As a community, we must strive to build on those values and goals that unite us.

Tomorrow, on 15 January, Slovenia will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its recognition by the European Community and other European countries. What brought our state independence and diplomatic recognition was our consistent respect for the rule of law. We achieved our status and reputation in the international community by consistently adhering to the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes.

These are major achievements. We accomplished them together, regardless of all the differences between us. We believed in dialogue and cooperation. This helped us develop a common vision and the necessary unity.

Today, we need a high culture of dialogue and cooperation to make new plans for our future. Dialogue is the heart of democratic living. That is why, now, in these difficult circumstances, it is crucial for our secure and peaceful future and for the well-being of our people.

Thank you for your attention."