Romania elected as member of the Executive Committee of the Programme
of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees - New York, April 27, 2005
On 27 of April 2005, during the 2005 ECOSOC resumed organizational session,
Romania was elected by acclamations as member of the Executive Committee of the
Programme of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Romania is the 68th country
member of the Executive Committee and this new position is a further acknowledgement
of its commitment to the objectives of the UNHCR.
The Executive Committee functions as a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly
and its annual report is submitted directly to the General Assembly where it is considered
in the Third Committee. The Executive Committee meets in Geneva annually to review and
approve UNHCR's programmes and budget, to advise on international protection and visit
a wide range of issues with UNHCR and its intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
The signature of the Romania's EU Accession Treaty - Luxembourg, April 25, 2005
On April 25, 2005 the
ceremony of signing of the Romania's EU Accession Treaty took place in Luxembourg on the
occasion of the reunion of EU General Affairs and Foreign Affairs Council. The Romanian
official delegation to this historical event has been led by Mr. Traian Basescu,
President of Romania.
The Accession Treaty was signed by two representatives of each of the 25 EU
member states and by four representatives of Romania and four of Bulgaria. The
signature of EU Accession Treaty marks the entering into straight line of Romania's
EU accession that is to be finalized on the 1st of January 2007.Romania passes
from candidate country status to an acceding state status,
and it will participate as active observer to the activity of the EU institutions.
At the same time, 35 Romanian MPs with observer status are to start their
activity at the beginning of the European Parliament's autumn session.
On the occasion of the signing of Romania's Accession Treaty to the European
Union, H.E. Mr. Doru Romulus Costea, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative
to the UN Office and Other International Organisations in Geneva, hold the
Conference: "The European integration: solutions to the transition from the
authoritarian system to democracy and security", at the University of Geneva.
The event was organized by the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United
Nations Office in Geneva and The European Institute of Geneva University,
under the high patronage of Professor André Hurst, Rector of Geneva University.
It was attended by some 300 persons (representatives of academia and think tanks,
students, friends of Romania).
Romanian Delegation's speech in the Commission on Human Rights - item 11
On the 31st of March 2005 the Romanian Delegation to the Commission on Human Rights
presented an intervention (see the text) under the item
11 - "Civil and Political Rights". The main subject of the Romanian intervention focused
democracy, as the most comprehensive political framework, in which all human rights can be respected
Please find in Statements all the interventions
of the Romanian Delegation to the Commission on Human Rights
Romania's participation to the High Level Segment of the
Commission on Human Rights - Geneva, March 16, 2005
Romania was represented at the High-level
segment of the Commission on Human Rights,
by Mrs. Carmen Liliana Burlacu, Director General for OSCE, Council of Europe and Human Rights,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, special envoy to the 61st session who presented,
on 16 March 2005, a statement (see the speach ) about
various aspects of the legislative and institutional developments in the national system
for the protection of human rights.
La fête du " Martisor " dans le Palais des Nations - Geneva, le 1er mars 2005
La Mission Permanente de la Roumanie auprès de l'ONU à Genève a organisé,
le 1 mars 2005, sous le haut patronage du S.E. Monsieur Sergei Ordzhonikidze, le Directeur
Général de l'Office des Nations Unies à Genève, et en présence du S.E. M. Pierre le Loarer,
le directeur du Comité des Activités Culturelles du Palais des Nations et directeur de
la Bibliothèque des Nations Unies à Genève, au Palais des Nations, un événement de
diplomatie publique lié à la venue du printemps et la célébration de femme:
"La Roumanie: Légendes, traditions et coutumes du printemps en mots et en images".
S.E. M. Doru COSTEA, l'Ambassadeur et Représentant Permanent de la Roumanie auprès de l'ONU
à Genève, a donné une allocution sur ce sujet, qui a été suivi par le film : " La Roumanie
: venir comme touriste et partir comme ami".
A cette occasion a été vernissée l'exposition de peinture Monica Damian Vaupré.
Toutes les dames présentes ont reçu des " martisoare ".
A cet événement ont participé dames-représentantes de la communauté diplomatique accréditée à
l'ONU Genève, fonctionnaires internationales, représentantes du média, des milieux des affaires,
amies de la Roumanie.
Les deux événements ont été suivis par une réception.
Romania took part in the international emergency relief effort for the affected countries in South-East Asia - Geneva, January 11, 2005
On Tuesday, 11 January 2005, a delegation led by Mr. George Ciamba, State Secretary in
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated, in Geneva, at the OCHA Ministerial Meeting
on the Humanitarian Assistance to the Tsunami Affected Communities chaired by Mr. Jan
Egeland, the Under-Secretary General for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Ministers
and high level representatives from the affected countries as well as from the donor
community and representatives of the international organizations involved in the region
participated in the Ministerial Meeting.
Mr. George Ciamba, State Secretary and the Head of Romanian Delegation presented the
contribution in kind and cash to the relief efforts undergone by the UN System (please see
the speach ). He said
that Romania answered promptly to the calls for aid that followed the earthquake of
the 26th of December. The total amount of the assistance provided to the affected
countries will mount to over EUR 340,000. The Government of Romania decided the opening
of accounts at the Romanian Commercial Bank in ROL, USD and EURO, for donations from
legal persons and individuals.
Between January 21 and 24, the public television in Romania organized a campaign of
gathering donations from individuals called "Smile for Asia"; over Euro 91, 000 were
collected by noon, January 24. Following phone calls and SMS's at dedicated numbers,
over $ 153,000 was collected.
Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hails signing of Inter-Sudanese Peace
Agreement - Bucharest, January 3, 2005
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania hails the signing, on December 31, 2004,
of the last two protocols supporting the comprehensive inter-Sudanese peace agreement.
The event confirms the joint commitment of the Government in Khartoum and the Sudanese
Popular Liberation Movement (SPLM), assumed before the members of the Security Council
– Romania inclusively, gathered in Nairobi, from 18 to 19 November 2004.
During the last year Romania, as elected member of the Security Council, has actively
supported, the actions initiated by the Security Council with a view to facilitating the
inter-Sudanese peace negotiations taking place in Naivasha (Kenya) under the aegis of
the Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the African Union.
The completion of the peace agreement stages an enhanced involvement of the international
community in peacekeeping. A significant dimension is represented by the participation of
the Multinational Standby force High Readiness Brigade for UN operations in the establishment
of the Staff of the new UN Mission in Sudan. Starting January 2005, Romania has taken over
the SHIRBRIG chairmanship-in-office.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlines – on a larger extent – the special relevance of
the cooperation between Romania, UN and the regional organisations in their efforts to bring
stability and support the development of Sudan and other countries in the region.
Starting its second year as member of the main UN body responsible for peace-keeping and
international security, Romania expresses its hope that peace settled between the North and
the South of the largest African state will represent an opportunity for speeding up the
solving of the difficult humanitarian situation in the western Darfur region, a prime concern
of the Security Council.
Romanian Government's first phase response to the South and East Asia natural
disaster - December 28, 2004
Following the recent Earthquake and Tsunami in the South and East Asia, on December 28,
2004, the Government of Romania dispatched one aircraft containing relief materials
(tents, blankets, medical drugs and related items) to the Democratic Socialist Republic
of Sri Lanka, as humanitarian emergency aid in a first phase emergency response.
The total value of the aid material offered on bilateral basis amounts to Euros 32,000,
transportation costs not included.
The Government of Romania will continue to offer its support to the victims of the
natural disaster by a financial contribution to be offered in the near future for financing
the relief operations developed by the international organisations in the South and East
Colloquium for Romanian Judges - 15-27 November 2004
A trilateral co-operation project between the Romanian Ministry of
Justice, WIPO and the Munich-based European Patent Office was implemented
to train the “core-group” of IP Romanian specialized judges. The
colloquium included a stage in Geneva, with the WIPO Worldwide Academy,
in Bern, with the Swiss Federal Institute of IP, followed by a 5-day
training period in Munich, with the German Federal Patent court.
The program focused mainly on the enforcement of IP rights and
case law in national and international courts. Romania is setting up
her IP specialized courts as a part of the implementation of the
reform of the judiciary.
Romania's progress in implementing the provisions of international humanitarian law, November 2004
Romania presented the first national report on the implementation of the provisions of the
Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain
Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemd to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate
The submission as well as other recent national developments were presented by H.R.Ambassador
Doru Costea (see the speech) at the Sixth Annual Conference of the States Parties to the Amended
Protocol II, which took place in Geneva, on 17 November 2004.
Foreign Minister Mircea Geoana visited Sudan, July 31, 2004
On Saturday, July 31,
Foreign Minister Mircea Geoana paid a visit to the Republic of Sudan, in the context of Romania’s
holding the presidency of the UN Security Council in July 2004. The agenda of the visit included
official talks with the President and vice-President of the Republic, members of the Sudanese
government: the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Energy and Mines, the Minister
for Humanitarian Aid, as well as with the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan.
On the occasion of the meetings, in his capacity as representative of the country that
currently holds the helm of the UN Security Council, the head of the Romanian diplomacy reiterated
the international community’s support for the Sudanese government with a view to settling the
crisis in the region of Darfur and appeasing the effects of the humanitarian crisis in the
west of the country. The parties also assessed the accomplishment of the obligations assumed
by the Executive in Khartoum under the Common Communiqué adopted on July 3, on the occasion
of the visit to Sudan of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
The Security Council held a reunion on the cooperation between the UN and
the regional organizations in stabilization processes - New York, July 20, 2004
Romanian Prime Minister,
Mr. Adrian Nastase, chaired the SC reunion on the cooperation between the UN and the
regional organizations in stabilization processes of 20 July. The thematic debate was
initiated by Romania, as president of the SC this month.
UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan and high-ranking officials from regional organizations,
among them the EU, NATO, OSCE and others from the African and Asian continent participated
at the reunion.
The goal of the reunion was to identify new means for efficient use of resources and efforts
of the national, regional and international organizations, in crisis prevention and management.
The SC adopted a presidential statement that reflects the unanimous interest of the SC members
in consolidating the cooperation between the UN and the regional organizations in peace and
The conclusions of debate will be transmitted to the High Level Expert Group appointed by the
Secretary General, which has the mandate to draw up a consolidated study of the UN reform.
Mr. Adrian Severin nominated as Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Commission
on the situation of human rights in Belarus - Geneva, July 9, 2004
On 9 July 2004, the Chairman of
the United Nations Commission on Human Rights nominated Mr. Adrian Severin, member of the Chamber
of Deputies of Romania, as Special Rapporteur of the Commission on the situation of human rights
Mr. Severin is already known for his work as Head of the ad-hoc Committee of the OSCE
Parliamentary Assembly for Belarus (1998-1999). He was also deputy Chairman of the Committee for
Human Rights of the Council of Europe (1995-1996).