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2013.11.18 10:32

Lithuanian Prime Minister met with UN Secretary General in Vilnius

DELFI.lt2013.11.18 10:32

Saturday, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius met with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Vilnius, the Government of Lithuania reported.

 Saturday, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius met with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Vilnius, the Government of Lithuania reported.

At the dinner, the Lithuanian Prime Minister and United Nations Secretary General discussed climate change, sustainable energy and the priorities of Lithuania’s membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

“In its work at the UN Security Council, Lithuania will be guided by the principles and values of the United Nations Charter as we advance peace and security across the world, seek peaceful resolution of conflicts and the widest possible consensus,” said the Prime Minister.

“We shall promote transparency and openness of the Security Council, particularly focussing on the rights of women and children in conflict areas,” he continued.

The Lithuanian Prime Minister informed the UN Secretary General about the renewable energy policy in Lithuania. “Our national priority by 2020 is energy independence. One of the ways to ensure it is the promotion of renewable energy, and increased energy efficiency,” the Prime Minister underlined.

Lithuania’s commitment by 2020 is to ensure at least 23 per cent share of renewable energy resources in the final energy consumption in the country. According to official data, in 2012, 20.3 per cent of energy was generated from renewable energy sources.

During the meeting held in Vilnius, the United Nations Secretary General and the Head of the Lithuanian Government also discussed peace-keeping operations and the humanitarian aid.

“A week ago the world was shocked to see the scope of the disaster in the Philippines. This tragedy will become a test for the international community, whether it is able to quickly respond and provide aid to the survivors of the disaster,” said Butkevičius.

Lithuania became member of the United Nations in 1991. This October, our country was elected to the United Nations Security Council for the period of 2014-2015. Lithuania is the first among the Baltic States to have achieved this goal.

Lithuania is closely involved in the activities of the United Nations in various areas, including peace-keeping operations and maintaining international security, international humanitarian law, arms control and disarmament, human security, sustainable economic and social development, good governance, respect for human rights, etc.