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Head of State and/or Government

President of the Slovak Republic: H.E. Mr Andrej Kiska
Prime Minister: Mr Peter Pellegrini

Permanent Delegation to UNESCO

H. E. Mrs Klara Novotna
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate (04/07/2014)

Permanent Delegation of Slovakia to UNESCO
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National Commission for UNESCO

President: Mr Miroslav Lajčák*

Secretary-General: Ambassador Maria Krasnohorská

Slovak Commission for UNESCO
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Representation in the Executive Board

The 1991 amendment modified Article V of the Constitution, regarding the status of members of the Board. From the 27th session of the General Conference (1993), the Executive Board consists of Member States rather than of persons (26 C/Resolution 19.3).
Title Name Years Sessions

Participation in subsidiary organs

Organs elected by the General Conference

International Coordinating Council of the Programme on Man and the Biosphere
Member (Term expires : 40th General Conference)
Intergovernmental Council of the "Management of Social Transformations" Programme
Vice-President : Mr Ľubomir Faltan, Head of the Slovak MOST National Committee and Senior Researcher and Director of the Sociology Institute at the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Member (Term expires : 40th General Conference)
Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme

Other intergovernmental organs

Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
Member (Term expires : 2019)

Addresses delivered in the general policy debate by the Head of Delegation at the General Conference

37 session of the General Conference

His Excellency, Mr Marek Mad’ariè, Minister of Culture of Slovakia

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings

36 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr Eugen JURZYCA, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 36th session of the General Conference and posted as received

35 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mrs Olga Algayerová, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs

“Slovakia fully associates itself with the statement delivered earlier by Sweden on behalf of the European Union (…).”
“We see UNESCO as a "spiritual sister" of the United Nations that helps to fulfil the mandate to supervise the field of peace and security, ensure respect for human rights and promote economical and social development. Especially in the process of fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals, UNESCO plays a significant role, whether it is related to suppression of analphabetism or poverty, or to reduce the negative impact of climate change.”
“The programmes Education for All and Education for Sustainable Development play a decisive role. We share the opinion that we have to focus on Africa and on the issue of gender equality. Lifelong learning and improvement of the quality of education are challenges that require more attention, also from us politicians. As Slovakia has very good experience with the Bratislava expert seminars on quality of education, we would like to see them incorporated in the programme of 2010 and 2011, as well as in the principal programme as regular UNESCO regional conferences.”
“(…) We note with satisfaction the work done by the States and the World Heritage Committee in protecting and promoting the unique world heritage. Since the last General Conference, Slovakia has been successful in getting inscribed on the World Heritage List two new locations. It is a pleasure and an obligation at the same time for us to ensure their appropriate preservation.”
“UNESCO has an irreplaceable role in promoting universal respect for justice, rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. Above all, freedom of press and freedom of expression need to be strengthened. The fall of the Berlin Wall – the turning point for democratic changes in the Central and Eastern Europe, of which the 20th anniversary we will commemorate shortly – is a lively memento and an obligation for us to continue with the promotion of democratic changes worldwide.”
“Allow me to express our gratitude to the outgoing Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura under whose leadership series of important reforms were accomplished and the activities of UNESCO became more effective.”
“Let me also congratulate Her Excellency Irina Bokova. (...) Slovakia looks forward to working with you very closely and will support you in the execution of your future very challenging but unique mandate.”

34 session of the General Conference

S. E. M. Marek Madaric, Ministre de la Culture

La République slovaque exprime son appui aux priorités de l’UNESCO pour ce millénaire. Cela vaut surtout pour les priorités qui concernent tout particulièrement le développement du potentiel intellectuel de la communauté mondiale. La Slovaquie appuie également les programmes internationaux et intergouvernementaux de l’UNESCO.
« Je considère la culture comme l’ensemble des traits spirituels, matériels et intellectuels de la société, comme les valeurs, les traditions et les convictions. C’est pourquoi je salue l’action de l’UNESCO consistant en l’appui de la Diversité créative des Cultures. »
Les problèmes liés à la culture sont souvent considérés comme secondaires, ce qui rend la recherche de solutions d’autant plus difficile. Le délégué note aussi que le patrimoine historique et culturel commun de l’Europe Centrale est partie intégrante de l’histoire de la civilisation européenne.
La République slovaque propose de fonder un Centre de recherche et de formation pour le paysage vierge et pour les écosystèmes à l’Université de l’ONU dans le pays.
La République slovaque souligne aussi la mise en place d’un projet du club de l’UNESCO « l’Association pour l’aide et l’amitié » ayant pour l’objectif d’aider l’une des régions les moins développées de l’Afrique (région de l’est du Kenya). Une partie de ce projet est financé par le Programme de participation de l’UNESCO.
« La République slovaque est convaincue que les pays membres peuvent contribuer à atteindre les objectifs de l’UNESCO par le biais de la ratification et de la mise en œuvre des instruments juridiques internationaux qui y sont adoptés. »
La République slovaque est devenue État partie à la Convention de l’UNESCO sur la protection du patrimoine culturel immatériel ainsi que de la Convention sur la protection et la promotion de la diversité des expressions culturelles ainsi que de la Convention internationale contre le dopage dans le sport.
« L’UNESCO aujourd’hui, tout comme les autres organismes du système de l’ONU, passe par la réalisation des réformes nécessaires, aptes à lui rendre sa force et son caractère universel. […] Face à ce défi, la formulation correcte de la Stratégie à moyen terme pour 2008-2013 et du Programme et du budget pour 2008-2009 est cruciale car elle doit contribuer à la création de sa nouvelle vision et de son image. »

Celebration of anniversaries

100th anniversary of the death of Milan Rastislav Štefánik, scientist, astronomer, meteorologist, aviator, traveller, democracy activist, humanist and diplomat (1880-1919) (Slovakia with the support of Czechia, France and Hungary)

Milan Rastislav Štefánik's work in astronomy was recognized early by the French Academy (Académie française) and the French astronomical society (Société astronomique de France). In particular, he contributed to the study of the infrared spectrum and to the improving of the existing astronomical instruments. The First World War interrupted his promising scientific career; however, his scientific achievements are recognized, in addition to other aspects of his life and career.
His actions were of national, regional but also international significance. His work in astronomy and meteorology had a major effect on subsequent generations of young scientists.

300th anniversary of the birth of Adam Frantisek Kollar, scholar (1718-1783) (Slovakia, with the support of Austria, Bulgaria and Hungary)

Adam Frantisek Kollar was a Slovak Enlightenment scholar and a key author of Maria Theresa’s “Ratio educationis” reform of 1777, which standardized education in the Hungarian crownlands (Transleithania) of the Habsburg monarchy for the first time. It included standardized teaching methods, curricula and textbooks, and applied to all nations there (e.g., Austrians, Croats, Hungarians, Italians, Serbs, Slovaks, Slovenes and Romanians). Kollar also served as Chief Librarian at the Imperial Royal Library in Vienna, where he edited, published or republished numerous manuscripts and earlier volumes from the library's collections into Turkish, Persian and the classical languages. The 300th anniversary of his birth is aligned with Education's Strategic Objective 1 (38 C/5) – Supporting Member States to develop education systems to foster high quality and inclusive lifelong learning for all. (ED)

200th anniversary of the birth of Jozef Miloslav Hurban, writer and philosopher (1817-1888) (with the support of the Czech Republic and Poland) (2017)

Jozef Miloslav Hurban was an important organizer of the Slovak national movement and cultural life in the 19th century. He laid the groundwork for modern civilization in Slovakia and supported the interests of the people in their culture, language and place within Slavic cultures.

350th anniversary of the birth of Ján Kupecký, painter (1667-1740) (with the support of the Czech Republic and Poland) (2017)

Ján Kupecký is a prominent representative of Baroque painting who at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries set the tone for portrait painting in Central Europe. In his younger years he worked in Rome, where he learned from the artwork of Italian masters (Rafael, Titian, Michelangelo, Correggio); stood out there as a portraitist inclining to Rembrandt-like chiaroscuro, purposefully decomposed light and distinctive drawing. Later, he worked in Vienna and then Nuremberg, where he died. His Italian inclinations to depict the lives of the common people and beggars culminated during his stay in Nuremberg. This indicated his deviation from baroque church themes and official pomposity; he portrayed burgers and people on the margins of society with psychological depth, detailed elaboration and shades of colours. He also did portraits of significant figures of Nuremberg and its vicinity.

200th anniversary of the birth of Ľudovít Štúr, codifier of the Slovak language, editor and writer (1815-1856) (2015)

L’udovít Štúr was a prominent philosopher, historian, writer, linguist and editor, who is considered in Slovakia as the most important figure in the nineteenth-century national revival. He was the codifier of the Slovak language and a promoter of linguistic and cultural identity of the Slavs. His actions in favour of democratic rights, the rights of minorities and freedom of the press across the Austro-Hungarian Empire have contributed to a transnational dimension of his legacy. Furthermore, the regional significance of this personality stems from his activities and works aimed at the promotion of the cooperation and solidarity of the Slavs. L’udovít Štúr also taught the history of the Slavs and their literatures, and published philosophical and other works not only in Slovak, but also in Czech, German and Russian.

150th anniversary of the birth of Jozef Murgaš, scientist (1864-1929) (2014)

Jozef Murgaš was an inventor, botanist, painter and Roman Catholic priest. His most important achievement was the wireless transmission of the spoken word in front of witnesses, for which he has been recognized as one of the inventors of radio. On 27 April 1905 he achieved the full transmission for the first time.

300th anniversary of the birth of Edmund Pascha, composer (1714-1772) (2014)

Edmund Pascha (Páska) (1714-1772) was a preacher, organist and composer. His most famous compositions are Christmas carols and Easter songs. He was also recognized as a writer and baroque music interpreter. One of Pascha’s well-known works, Vianocná omša F-dur (Christmas mass) is part of the Slovak folk landscape. His compositions have helped preserve Slovak folk tradition with regard to Christmas and Easter.

  • 1,150th anniversary of the arrival of the missionaries Cyril and Methodius in Great Moravia (863) (Czech Republic and Slovakia, with the support of Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Poland) (2013)

  • Cyril and Methodius arrived in Great Moravia in 863. In addition to bringing Christianity and thus bringing countries located in the territory of Great Moravia into the mainstream of European civilization of that time, they created the Glagolitic alphabet and spread the use of Old Church Slavonic as a liturgical and literary language. Thus they laid the foundations of Slavonic literature and erudition.
    The anniversary of the arrival of Cyril and Methodius in Great Moravia celebrates literature, education and culture, since it marked the creation of the first Slavonic alphabet and the beginning of Slavonic literature. Translations of liturgical texts into Old Church Slavonic facilitated the direct participation of these nations in the establishment and development of European civilization in that period.

  • 100th anniversary of the birth of Tatarka Dominik, writer (1913-1989) (2013)

  • Dominik Tatarka (1913-1989) was a writer, commentator, essayist, translator and one of the most important figures in modern Slovak literature and culture. Tatarka’s literary writing was affected by his personal political experiences. His first books The Miraculous Virgin, The Clerical Republic, The First and Second Strike are sound protests against Fascism and were an expression of the author’s intent to become active in post-war life and his acceptance of socialist realism. However, the following novels Conversations without End, Wicker Armchairs and particularly The Demon of Conformism express the author’s critical attitude to social and interpersonal relationships in a totalitarian regime and to the world where man becomes a mere slave serving bureaucratic machinery, using satirical parable to fight the red-tape practice so typical of the communist regime in Slovakia. This last book became a symbol of the democratization process and had great influence on the new wave in Slovak literature.

  • 250th anniversary of the birth of Bernolák Anton, philologist (1762) (2012)

  • Anton Bernolák (1762-1813) was a Slovak linguist and Catholic priest and the author of the first Slovak language standard. In his work “Gramatica Slavica” (published in 1790) he codified the first Slovak language standard and established the principle of phonetic spelling. The language, called bernolákovcina, however, wasn't accepted as a national standard language, although it was a milestone on the way to the formation of the modern Slovak nation. During his whole life Bernolak collected materials for a dictionary, which was published after his death.

  • 100th anniversary of the birth of Jan Cikker, composer (1911-1989) (2011)

  • Ján Cikker (1911-1989), Slovak composer and pedagogue, was the main representative of modern Slovak classical music. In a number of his works, Cikker utilized traditional Slovak melodies. In others, he moved towards expressionism and eventually embraced serial procedures. His works for the stage are particularly notable. In 1966 he was named National Artist by his homeland, and that same year he was awarded the Herder Prize by the University of Vienna. In 1979 he received the UNESCO/International Music Council Prize.

  • 150th anniversary of the birth of Martin Kukucín, writer (1860-1928) (2010)

  • Martin Kukučín (own name Matej Bencúr, 1860-1928), Slovak prose writer, dramatist and physician, was the most notable representative of Slovak literary realism, and considered to be one of the founders of modern Slovak prose. He studied medicine in Prague and spent his adult life in Croatia and Chile working as a physician. He maintained contacts with Slovakia largely by correspondence and publishing a series of texts on Dalmatian topics. His novels (Dom v stráni, Mat’volà, Dies irae) have been widely translated and have led to film productions and adaptations.

    100th anniversary of the birth of Margita Figuli, writer (1909-1995) (2009)

    Margita Figuli is considered to be the best contemporary Slovak female novelist and was voted “national artist” in 1974. After a collection of psychological short stories Pokušenie (Temptation, 1937), she excelled at lyrical prose, as demonstrated in her legendary novel Tri gaštanové kone (Three Chestnut Horses, 1940), the monumental history of Babylon in four volumes (1946), and Mladost’ (Youth, 1956), based on her childhood memories. She has also published a children’s book dedicated to the Slovak Robin Hood Balada o Jurovi Jánošíkovi (The Ballad of Jánošik, 1980).

    100th anniversary of the birth of Eugen Suchoň, music composer (1908-1993) (2008)

    Eugen Suchon (1908-1993) was one of the greatest Slovak composers and music teachers of the twentieth century. He established modern Slovak opera and drew international attention through the success of his opera work Krútňava (The Whirlpool, 1949) and contributed greatly to developing music education in its practical and theoretical aspects. Of particular significance was his second opera Král’ Svätopluk (King Svätopluk), completed in 1959. This historic opera represents the monumental dramatic fresco from the period of the Great Moravian Empire.

    100th anniversary of the birth of Ladislav Hanus, philosopher (1907-1994) (2007)

    Ladislav Hanus, a philosopher, theologian, scholar is ranked among the leading lights of European culture and philosophical thinking. His works were created and shaped under the influence of the works by Roman Gaurdini, Peter Lippert, Rainer Maria Rilke and Theodor Haecker. After the Second World War his inspiration came from the French Christian thinkers, such as Jacques Maritain and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. In his works he mastered to cross narrow-mindedness borders in philosophical thinking in Slovakia. He featured his both prolific and topical reflections on culture in the collection of essays “Talks on Refinement“ first, later he developed these ideas more fully in his top work “The Philosophy of Refinement “. A man of manners being exemplary European possessing patriotic features was his model.
    Despite his 16-year sentence served in the communistic prisons, he never lost his face, and after years of prohibition from writing he was able to resume his both philosophical and theological works.
    The publications “Church as a Symbol“ and “The Principle of Pluralism“ proved Hanus' humanistic views as well as his deep knowledge on situation across borders.

    100th anniversary of the birth of Ludovit Rajter, composer (1906-2000) (2006)

    Ludovit Rajter was a conductor, a composer and a teacher. He was one of the greatest and most honoured personalities of musical life in Czechoslovakia with a great regional impact. He started his studies of music in Bratislava then went on to the Music Academy of Vienna to study conducting and composition. In 1933, he moved to Budapest to study under the guidance of Ernõ Dohnányi. Between 1933 and 1945, he was conductor of the Budapest Radio Orchestra, and a teacher at the Ferenc Liszt College of Music. In 1949, he moved to Bratislava to take up a conductor’s post at the Slovak Philharmonic, and teach conducting at the Bratislava College of Music. In 1992, members of the Szombathely Symphony Orchestra decided to honour Ludovit Rajter with the title “honorary conductor for life”. During a career spanning over 60 years, Rajter won a considerable international reputation, well known both in the concert hall and for his recordings, which include the four symphonies of Franz Schmidt.

  • 100th anniversary of the birth of Ladislav Novomeský (2004)

  • A poet and literary journalist of renown, Ladislav Novomesk ý (1904-1976) is an outstanding figure of modern Slovak poetry. His work, which has a very strong universal vocation, is marked by his quest for beauty and peace and has been translated into several European languages.

  • Three hundredth anniversary of the death of Juraj Lani (24 January 2001)

  • Juraj Lani (1646-1701), a writer and poet, wrote 20 works covering historical and religious themes, and also travel accounts. His works considerably influenced European thought.

  • Thousandth anniversary of the birth of Saint Maurus (2000)

  • Saint Maurus is the author of the Legend of Svorad and Benedict, written in 1064-1070 and copied in Benedictine monasteries before being printed and published in
    Germany, Italy and France.
    Saint Maurus is an eminent personality who made a major contribution to the enrichment of the Slovak and European cultural heritage.

  • Centenary of the birth of the Slovak poet Jan Smrek (16 December 1998).

  • Jan Smrek was a poet whose collected works express his faith in the future of the individual and remain, despite their traditional lyricism, among the most popular in contemporary poetry.
    He believed in humanism, freedom and the future of a better world; he translated poems from Hungarian, French and Russian.

  • Centenary of the birth of the Slovak diplomat in the service of democracy and human rights, co-author of the United Nations Charter, Jan Papanek (24 October 1996).

  • A diplomat who upheld democracy and human rights and a trusted assistant of
    Dr Milan R. Stefanik, one of the founders of the former Czechoslovakia, Jan
    Papanek formed part, as Secretary-General of the Czechoslovak delegation to the
    San Francisco Conference, of the group of 14 diplomats which prepared the final
    version of the Charter of the United Nations.
    He became Czechoslovakia’s first permanent representative to the United Nations
    in New York and then set up the American Fund for Refugees from
    Czechoslovakia with the support of Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt and was elected
    Executive Director of the International League for Human Rights.

  • 100th anniversary of the birth of Bozena Nemcova (Czechoslovakia) (1962)

  • Reference document: 60 EX/13