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Weekly News from Lithuania, September 25

Sep 25 2020
 
 
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
Linkevičius: We reaffirm our support for multilateralism, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations


On 21 September, a high-level event ‘The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism’ in New York at the opening of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly marked the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the UN. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event took place primarily in a virtual format, with pre-recorded statements by heads of state and government.

 

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Speech by the President of the Republic of Lithuania, at the United Nations General Assembly



"One year ago, nobody could have imagined that this anniversary would be marked by a global challenge unseen since the very foundation of this Organization. But here we are, unable to meet face to face, and yet ready to make our contributions to solving the most pressing global issues..."

 

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Minister of Energy at the IAEA General Conference: Transparency and accountability are paramount in nuclear energy

 

Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas delivered a national statement at the 64th Annual Regular Session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference. The minister noted that countries developing a nuclear energy programme must adhere to the principles of transparency and accountability.

 


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Linkevičius meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

 

On 24 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Stef Blok. The meeting focused on bilateral relations, the situation in Belarus and Ukraine, the relationship with Russia, the security situation in the region, and topical items on the EU’s agenda.


 

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BUSINESS & SCIENCE
 
 
 
Lithuania to contribute €2.5m in EU's search for Covid-19 vaccine

 

The Lithuanian government has agreed to contribute 2.5 million euros to the EU's Emergency Support Instrument (ESI) to accelerate the creation of a Covid-19 vaccine. 

ESI funds are used to support potential vaccine producers, and finance part of development as well as production capacity costs.

 

 

 

 

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The Partnership Institute of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory to Open at VU LSC

 

Director General of the elite European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Prof Edith Heard signed an agreement with Vilnius University (VU) on the establishment of a Partnership Institute in the Life Sciences Centre (LSC) of VU. This is an extraordinary achievement in the history of Lithuanian science.

 

 

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Scientific conference of the Lithuanian and Polish central banks to discuss economic impact of uncertainty


September 24 marked the start of the joint scientific conference “Adjustments in and to an Uncertain World”, organised by the Bank of Lithuania, the National Bank of Poland, CEPR and CEBRA. In addition to experts from Lithuania and Poland, presentations were given and discussions moderated by researchers from the central banks of England and Canada, the Federal Reserve Banks, as well as the best European and US universities.

 

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Continental Lithuania Plant in Kaunas Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification in Level Gold


Continental Automotive Lithuania announced today that its plant in Kaunas has been awarded LEED Gold. This is the highest rated LEED Gold manufacturing building in Lithuania so far and the first Continental plant in the world to be LEED Gold certified.


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Dogo - Lithuanian-born app for dog training - announced its launch for Japanese market

 
 
 
 
CULTURE & HISTORY
 
 
 
 
 
'Tokens of rare humanity': Kaunas conference honours families who saved Jews

 

A conference in Kaunas, dedicated to the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, paid tribute to Lithuanian families who saved Jews during World War Two.

Four families and eight individuals were given awards that were presented to their grandchildren.

 


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Lithuanian silk designer recognized at the New York Fashion Week

 

Lithuanian silk designer Grete Svegzdaite was recognized at the New York Fashion Week. Lithuanian “GRETES SHOP” brand was selected among 70 young designers from all over the world to show their collections in this year’s New York Fashion Week.

 

 

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Recognize disinformation: after this game, you will be expert in recognising fake news


The game Bad News, at first launched in Lithuania, is now being introduced in Latvia and Estonia, and becoming even more relevant and interesting to the public, because of the increasing amount of unconfirmed news that are circulating in the media space. The topics are usually very sensitive – vaccinations, coronavirus, news about Belarus, etc. It is sometimes difficult for the young, not to mention the elderly, not to get lost in the flow of information.

 

 

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Dancing stork kicks off Lithuania’s prep for FIFA Futsal World Cup


Lithuania has revealed its dancing stork mascot, nicknamed Ivartito, as the country gears up to host the FIFA Futsal World Cup championship in 2021.

Ivartito, which can be loosely translated as Goalito, danced around in the three host cities – Vilnius, Klaipėda, and Kaunas.


 

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September 25
 
TECHNORAMA Innovation Fair
 


The innovation fair Technorama 2020 opens a unique platform of innovative technologies in the virtual space. Visitors will have a chance to take a close look at the innovation on display (even take them into hands!), get acquainted with the activities of innovative companies in Lithuania

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October 16-18

Hack4Vilnius 2020

Hack4Vilnius - Vilnius city hackathon, happening for the third year in a row with a goal to find bet solutions for Vilnius to become a healthier, cleaner, more mobile and more innovative city.

 

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Moment from Commemoration event of Vilnius Ghetto Liquidation day

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