On 24 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Albinas Zananavičius took part virtually in the webinar “The Geopolitics, Energy Security, and Safety of Nuclear Energy”. The event focused on the security problems posed by the Ostrovets nuclear power plant (NPP). The Center for International Strategic Analyses (KEDISA) co-organised the webinar with the Embassy of Lithuania in Greece.
On 24 November, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part virtually in the Afghanistan Conference in Geneva and assured that Lithuania would continue to work together with the international community to help Afghanistan achieve peace, security and economic independence.
On 23 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas took part in a video conference of the EU Development Ministers. The meeting focused on the issue of debt relief, notably in the context of the COVID-19 global response and recovery effort. In addition, Development Ministers discussed how to promote gender equality in the light of the forthcoming Joint Communication on the EU Gender Action Plan (GAP) III: An Ambitious Agenda for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in EU External Action.
On 19 November, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in a video conference of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers. The meeting focused on the political situation in Belarus, the outcome of the US and Moldova elections, the situation in Nagorno Karabakh, the Eastern Mediterranean, and emerging challenges to multilateralism.
On 17 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius took part in a video conference of European Affairs Ministers, which focused on the agenda for the European Council meeting to be held on 10-11 December. Ministers also took stock of the rule of law developments, discussed the EU enlargement, and the annual work programme of the European Commission.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other global trade challenges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented its proposals to the European Commission for the EU trade policy review. The document was prepared in consultation with the Economic Diplomacy Council, institutions, and associated business structures.
On 12 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in the high-level webinar dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.
Lithuania expresses its full solidarity with the United Kingdom following the expulsion of two British diplomats from Belarus on November 9 and deplores this unjustified act by de facto Belarusian authorities. This act, directed against the UK and its diplomats, just like the previous 'demands' that Lithuania and Poland cut their diplomatic staff in Belarus, shows a pattern of regrettable behavior by the authorities towards the diplomatic corps accredited to Belarus and even further isolates the country.
On 9 November, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) elections took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Professor Dalia Leinartė, a candidate of Lithuania, was elected for the period 2021-2024 along with representatives of Australia, the Bahamas, China, France, Ghana, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, and the Philippines.
On 6 November, Lithuania’s representative Feliksas Bakanauskas was elected to the United Nations Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) for a period of three years (2021-2023) during the election of the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly. Bakanauskas became the first Lithuanian representative to be elected to this important and influential UN Committee.
On 6 November, the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers convened for the 26th Baltic Council that was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius.
At the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on 17 September 2020, 17 participating States – Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States – invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism in relation to serious human rights violations in Belarus. The joint statement was delivered by Ambassador Neil Bush, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the OSCE, on behalf of the invoking States.
On 5 November, the Report on Alleged Human Rights Violations Related to the Presidential Elections of 9 August in Belarus was presented to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
On 4 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas attended a virtual session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which marked the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights and discussed topics related to the management of an outbreak of COVID-19.
On 2 November, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas took the floor at the 36th session of the Working Group of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to address the human rights situation in Belarus.