On 27 February, the Political Director of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Asta Skaisgirytė attended the High-Level segment of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva. She reaffirmed Lithuania’s commitment to human rights and expressed strong support for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and her mandate.
Permanent Delegate of Lithuania to UNESCO, Ambassador Irena Vaišvilaitė, informed Lazare Eloundou Assomo, Deputy Director of the World Heritage Centre, in Paris on 17 December, that Lithuania is joining the international initiative aimed at the reconstruction and recovery of the Iraqi city of Mosul.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 30 thousand in humanitarian aid to Ukraine which will be transferred to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This contribution is another step in implementing the Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine initiated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that amounts to USD 187 million in 2018, however, has been implemented by only 38 per cent so far.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs allocated EUR 20, 000 to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) towards humanitarian assistance.
On 1 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania announced a Call to submit applications for the implementation of development cooperation projects under the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme in 2019.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated EUR 60, 000 for humanitarian aid, of which EUR 20, 000 to Syria will be transferred to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, while EUR 15, 000 to Mali and EUR 15, 000 Somalia will be transferred to the World Food Program. Lithuania‘s Foreign Ministry has also allocated EUR 10, 000 in humanitarian aid to the Guatemalan Government and the victims of volcanic eruptions. A catastrophic eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano has affected more than 1.7 million people.
On 29 June, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Neris Germanas, took part in the Bachelor’s and Master’s graduation ceremony in the European Humanities University (EHU) in Vilnius.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 50 thousand in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The funds will be transferred to the United Nations (UN) migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration. This act is another contribution to the implementation of the Humanitarian Response Plan launched by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The Plan aims at allocations which are expected to reach USD 187 million in 2018.
The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in the EU Foreign Affairs (Trade) Council of 22 May in Brussels.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius together with the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Tacan Ildem and the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze welcomed the participants of the seminar “Strategic Communications cooperation in response to hybrid threats” in Vilnius.
On 19 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius received the new Rector of the European Humanities University (EHU), Prof. Sergei Ignatov. The meeting focused on the EHU’s further work.
Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated EUR 20, 000 for humanitarian aid in Yemen. The funds will be transferred to the United Nations Yemen Humanitarian Fund.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated EUR 55, 000 for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, of which EUR 20, 000 will be transferred to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and EUR 35, 000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Thus, Lithuania aims to contribute to the provision of humanitarian aid in Ukraine, taking into account the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) call for $187 million to launch Ukraine’s Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2018.
On 25 March in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius held a meeting met with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia’s opposition leader and founder of Open Russia.