Speaker

Mr. Lajčák served as President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly and is currently in his fourth mandate as Foreign Minister. As its Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, he helped shape the newly formed European External Action Service. From 2007 to 2009, he served as High Representative of the International Community and Special Representative of the EU in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On behalf of the EU, he negotiated, organized and supervised the referendum on the independence of Montenegro in 2006. Mr. Lajčák had also held various posts within the Slovak Foreign Service, including as Slovak Ambassador to several countries or Executive Assistant to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Balkans. Mr. Lajčák is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and has a law degree from the Comenius University in Bratislava.