Slovenia at the UN
The United Nations is an organisation that following the horrors of World War II united humanity under a common flag. During the period of the Cold War, the United Nations played a major role in reducing tensions in a polarised world. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, the organisation maintained its authority despite major changes in the world order, which put the United Nations to a difficult test. The UN member countries agree that the increasingly globalised world needs an international organisation able to act globally and effectively put an end to and resolve global conflicts.
Slovenia's admission to the United Nations on 22 May 1992 (access to the General Assembly resolution 46/236) is undoubtedly one of the milestones in Slovenia's history. When Slovenians gained independence on 25 June 1991 and successfully defended the country against the aggression of the Yugoslav People's Army, Slovenia soon managed to obtain international recognition. In the following few months, the Slovenian state directed all its efforts towards seeking support for membership of this largest international organisation – The United Nations (official minutes of the General Assembly session on Slovenia’s admission to the UN, 22 May 1992).
Immediately after becoming a UN member, Slovenia became actively involved in the work of its bodies and specialised agencies. As early as in 1992, Slovenia opened permanent representations with the UN Headquarters in New York and with the UN Office in Geneva and accredited the then Slovenian Ambassador to Austria as a permanent representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the UN Office in Vienna.
Within the first twenty-five years of its activity in the UN Slovenia attached particular importance to the protection of human rights, ensuring better living conditions to children, alleviating social distress in underdeveloped countries, promotion of environmental and health protection, and international cooperation in the fields of culture and science.
Slovenia has from the very beginning supported UN efforts to maintain peace. It takes part in UN peace-keeping operations by contributing troops, military observers and civilian police officers as well as contributing funds to the peace operations budget. Our soldiers, policemen and civilians are regular participants in operations under the mandate of the Security Council, with over 5,000 Slovenian peacekeepers having been deployed around the world to date.
Slovenia's constructive cooperation in UN initiatives met with the favourable response of other member countries. Slovenia was elected a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 1998–1999 at the 52nd General Assembly session. Slovenia’s engagement in the Security Council has additionally enhanced its reputation in the international community.