H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák
On 31 May 2017, the General Assembly of the United Nations elected H. E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia as President of its seventy-second session, which spans from September 2017 to September 2018. During this time, Mr. Lajčák is simultaneously serving his fourth term as Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
Mr. Lajčák has dedicated his professional life to diplomatic service, representing both the Slovak Republic and the international community.
He joined the foreign service of Czechoslovakia in 1988 and was posted to the country’s embassy in Moscow from 1991 to 1993. In 1993, after Czechoslovakia peacefully split, he served at the Slovak embassy there.
Upon his return to Slovakia in 1993, Mr. Lajčák played a vital role in the transformation of his young country. He actively helped to build and shape the Slovak national foreign service as Director of the Cabinet of the Foreign Minister of the newly established Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, and later as Director of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister.
In 1994, Mr. Lajčák was appointed as the Slovak Ambassador to Japan. Upon his return to Slovakia in 1998, he served as Director of the Cabinet of the Foreign Minister. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Lajčák concurrently served as the Executive Assistant to the United Nations Secretary-General´s Special Envoy for the Balkans.
Following his tenure as Slovak Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia between 2001 and 2005, Mr. Lajčák served as Political Director at the Foreign Ministry of the Slovak Republic from 2005 to 2007.
A key figure in the mediation of the post-conflict crises in the Western Balkans, Mr. Lajčák negotiated, organised and supervised the referendum on the independence of Montenegro in 2006 on behalf of the European Union.
In 2007, Mr. Lajčák was appointed High Representative of the International Community and European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During his tenure, Bosnia and Herzegovina signed the landmark Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union.
From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Lajčák served as Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Lajčák helped shape the newly formed diplomatic service of the European Union, the European External Action Service, as its Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia. In addition, he also served as the European Union´s Chief Negotiator for the Association Agreements of the European Union with Ukraine and Moldova, as well as the European Union Representative for the “5+2 Talks” on the Transnistrian Settlement Process.
Since 2012, Mr. Lajčák has served as Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, as well as Deputy Prime Minister from 2012 to 2016. He was reappointed as Minister for Foreign and European Affairs in 2016 and 2018.
Mr. Lajčák is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and has a law degree from the Comenius University in Bratislava.
He has received several state honours, including the Order of the Yugoslav Star, 1st Class, in 2005; the Order of Honour of the Republic of Moldova in 2014; and the Order of the Montenegrin Great Star in 2016.
He is married and has two daughters.