Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic will fight for international security and peace
"We cannot have a secure, safe and stable environment without effective arms control and disarmament procedures in place as the basic instrument for conflict prevention," Gasparovic said. "The signing of the Arms Trade Treaty has shown that the U.N. has the potential to make history and substantively contribute to increasing security in the world through its shared commitment to taking a responsible approach to arms trading."
Gasparovic said he was prepared to play his part in helping the ATT move into force. He also expressed the importance of other international treaties, including the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which aim to make the world a more peaceful place.
"Terrorism continues to remain one of the most serious threats to peace and security. It plays a key role in many conflicts. A majority of its victims are civilians," Gasparovic said. "We can find a solution through our joint efforts only, under the U.N.'s auspices."
Gasparovic said global peace begins with giving the people security, safety, jobs and education. If these basic needs aren't met violence will skyrocket, he said.
"There can be no peace without economic stability and prosperity," Gasparovic said.
Gasparovic closed his speech by giving the international community his word that Slovakia will both help in the fight for international peace and security and towards achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.