Minister Fajon successfully presents Slovenia at the 53rd World Economic Forum in Davos
From 18 to 20 January 2023, Minister of Foreign Affairs Tanja Fajon attended the 53rd World Economic Forum in Davos, a meeting point for leaders, civil society representatives and top-performing business people.
This year's forum addresses the most pressing challenges faced by society, such as the energy and food crises, the economic outlook and the dangers of high inflation, the fragmented world order and the new geopolitical framework. The Minister presented Slovenia as a modern, green, welfare state, committed to international peace, security and stability. Minister Fajon took part in panel discussions on topical issues ranging from space and water to the EU's role in a fragmented world, the Western Balkans, the changing geopolitical situation, women leaders and the need for a new security architecture.
"The world order began to change with the start of the Russian aggression in Ukraine. In the debate on this new geopolitical era, many of us agree that we need a much more dignified Western policy and much more humble and inclusive policy towards the developing world," the Minister said in the debate on the geopolitical situation. She also stressed that we must not forget the Western Balkans and that we must seize this geopolitical moment: "Let's make 2023 a breakthrough year for the Western Balkan countries. Let's remember what enlargement is all about and think outside the box."
Ahead of the imminent 50th anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act, the Minister also spoke at the panel entitled 'A New Helsinki', which focused on the need for a new security architecture in Europe. This is an issue that has become crucial in the wake of Russia's aggression against Ukraine and has come to the forefront of all discussions between political representatives of the countries. "We must never allow the rule of power to prevail over the power of rules. From the perspective of Slovenia, a small country, today more than ever we need strong international rules to be respected. A secure, stable and predictable international order must be at the heart of our existence in the international community," she noted.
On the margins of the forum, the Minister held a number of bilateral meetings. She met the Presidents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, and of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski; the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari; East Timor, Adaljiza Reis Magno; Iraq, Fuad Hussein; Romania, Bogdan Aurescu; Costa Rica, Arnoldo André; the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Zambia, Chipoka Mulenga; the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya; the EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue, Miroslav Lajčák; and the Directors-General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Josef Aschbacher, and the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The Minister used the meetings to promote Slovenia's interests and to gain support for Slovenia's candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2024–2025 period.