Vaduz, Liechtenstein, 24 August 2018 – The President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, gave a lecture on “Migration as part of the Sustainable Development Agenda”in the Principality of Liechtenstein today.

In his remarks, he noted that “migration is a reality. People have always moved.” At the same time, he said he did not want to suggest that all was “rosy and well”. Noting that migration presents challenges, he called for cooperation, adding, “This is exactly why the United Nations General Assembly was created… We must use it to work together for the good of all people.” He concluded by calling on “everyone to move forward to make a real difference in people’s lives – for newcomers to our countries, for our people who are newcomers elsewhere, and for the societies that welcome them.

During his visit, President Lajčák also met with a number of officials of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

With H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois von Liechtenstein, he agreed on the urgent need to strengthen multilateralism. The two also discussed current global political challenges.

The President and H.E. Ms. Aurelia Frick, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture, discussed pressing issues on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as the importance and role of active small States, such as Liechtenstein, at the United Nations.

President Lajčák stressed the important role of parliamentarians in politics and international organisations during a meeting with H.E. Mr. Albert Frick, President of the Parliament. He also commended him on Liechtenstein’s active role at the United Nations, in particular its leadership on the rule of law, its promotion of the International Criminal Court and its engagement on Security Council reform.

While in Vaduz, the President attended a breakfast meeting with civil society representatives hosted by H.E. Mr. Martin Frick, Director of the Office for Foreign Affairs, on the role of philanthropy and civil society at the United Nations. He also took the opportunity to visit the Hilti Art Foundation.

The President will continue his travels with a visit to Austria tomorrow morning.

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