Permanent Representation of Estonia to the UN :: Press releases, News http://un.estemb.org en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss WiseCMS 2.0 hille.lepp@vm.ee hille.lepp@vm.ee Foreign Minister Urmas Paet at the UN Security Council: States are responsible for the protection of civilians in armed conflicts http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-988 <p>At the UN Security Council discussion on 12th of February, focusing on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that States must take responsibility for finding solutions to ensure the safety of civilians. “Yet sometimes, as conflicts become more severe, precautionary measures are not sufficient and the international community must take decisive action to help alongside the UN Security Council in order to save lives,” the foreign minister said.</p><p>According to Paet, the central role of UN peacekeepers is often restoring peace, yet above all protecting lives. “Estonia will continue to support UN peacekeeping. Last year, we increased our contribution to peacekeeping significantly,” Paet said. “We are participating in the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSMA in Mali and the UNTSO mission in the Middle East. We also decided to participate in the European Union’s peace support mission in the Central African Republic," he added.</p><p>Paet commented that the UN Security Council must give a clear mandate for the missions. "In order to strengthen opportunities to protect civilians, the UN Security Council should also monitor the implementation of its decisions," he said.</p><p>The assurance of the human rights of civilians in conflict areas is very important to Estonia.&nbsp; “Estonia has focused its contributions for development cooperation and humanitarian aid to those most in need of support in Afghanistan, Mali, Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Somalia and elsewhere. Unfortunately the work often becomes complicated and difficult for the humanitarian organizations, which go to great lengths in order to get aid to those in the most vulnerable situations. Therefore the UN Security Council must send a very clear message to all parties involved in an armed conflict, which would help in humanitarian aid reaching the needy,” Paet stressed.</p><p>Paet said that States have a duty to bring war criminals and human rights violators to justice. “But in addition to national legislation, international criminal law must also constantly be reinforced. Of particular importance is the International Criminal Court’s role in the prevention of future crimes – yet the court can only act effectively if governments cooperate with the Court," he remarked.<br> The UN Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts was organized by Lithuania, who holds the presidency of the UN Security Council in February.</p><p>While in New York, Foreign Minister Paet also deposited the instrument of ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict to the Secretary-General of the UN and met with the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:00:17 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-988 Estonia Joined Amendment on the Crime of Aggression in International Criminal Court http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-892 <p>Yesterday, 27 March, Estonian Ambassador to the UN Margus Kolga presented a letter of ratification of amendments to the Rome Statue to UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Patricia O'Brien in New York. The amendments primarily address the crime of aggression.</p><p>Also present at the presentation of the letter of ratification was President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court Tiina Intelmann, who expressed satisfaction over the ratification and encouraged other countries to follow Estonia’s example.</p><p>Ambassador Kolga said that Estonia is the second country in the European Union and the fifth country in the world to ratify the amendments on the crime of aggression. “The goal of the amendments is to make it possible to bring to trial political and military leaders that have initiated acts of aggression,” Kolga noted. “The amendments also protect potential victims of aggression,” he added.</p><p>The International Criminal Court will gain the right to investigate crimes of aggression as of 2017, on the condition that the Kampala amendments have been ratified by 30 countries. This is why it is essential that the amendments be ratified by as many of the participating countries as possible.</p><p>Estonia has repeatedly called on countries to join the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court and for the member states of the court to join the Kampala amendments.</p><p>In order to hold an individual responsible for a crime of aggression, an act of aggression must have been committed. A crime of aggression means the planning, preparation, initiation or execution, by a person in a position that allows him or her to exercise control over or to direct the political or military action of a state. Therefore crimes of aggression can first and foremost be committed by heads of state and government, as well as military leaders. An act of aggression means the use of armed force by a state against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of another state. In addition, an act of aggression by its character, gravity and scale constitutes a manifest violation of the Charter of the United Nations.</p><p>In Kampala, the capital of Uganda, in June of 2010, the primary points of contention in reaching an agreement were related to the conditions in which the court can exercise its jurisdiction. A compromise was reached by which the court can first and foremost start an investigation when a situation is referred by the UN Security Council. Under certain circumstances the start of an investigation can be requested by the state itself, or the court can initiate a request.</p><p>The need to compile the Kampala amendments to the Rome Statute came about because during the negotiations of the Rome Statute in 1998, which ended in the creation of the International Criminal Court, a consensus was not reached regarding the definition and jurisdictional conditions of crimes of aggression. </p><p>Photos: <a title="http://tinyurl.com/cugrnbw " href="http://tinyurl.com/cugrnbw">http://tinyurl.com/cugrnbw </a></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:29:22 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-892 Estonia Contributes to UN Peacekeeping Operations http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-816 <p>Nr 222-E<br><br><br>Estonia is interested in expanding its participation in UN peacekeeping operations in the next few years, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said during his meeting in New York with UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous. “Estonia has long-term experience participating in the operations of the European Union and NATO, and in the near future we would like to expand our participation in UN operations as well,” Paet noted.</p><p>Paet stated that Estonia has participated in UN peacekeeping missions since 1997 and is currently contributing two military observers. “We are currently participating in the UN’s military supervision mission in the Middle East UNTSO and the Syrian supervision mission UNSMIS,” Paet said. “However, by the year 2016 we would like to increase the number of observers to five, participating in up to three different operations,” he added.</p><p>At their meeting, Paet and Ladsous also spoke about the ever-worsening situation in Syria. The head of UN peacekeeping operations gave an overview of his recent visit to Syria. “The situation in Syria is extremely alarming – a political solution is needed,” Ladsous said.</p><p>Ladsous thanked Estonia for contributing to the UNSMIS supervision mission in Syria.</p><p>Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised the UN’s leading role and responsibility for finding a solution to end the violence in Syria. “The crimes against the people of Syria must stop. By now the conflict has touched the lives of over two million people,” said Paet. “We support the efforts of the UN and the Arab League to end the civil war,” he added.</p><p>Paet said that Estonia will continue to contribute a soldier to the UNSMIS supervision mission in Syria in accordance with the mandate of the UN Security Council.<br><br><a href="http://tinyurl.com/d7jzdml" target="_blank">Photos</a></p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:00:27 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-816 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and President of UN General Assembly Discussed Stopping Violence in Syria http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-815 <p>Nr 220–E<br><br>At his meeting in New York yesterday with President of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet expressed deep concern over the developments in Syria and noted that the UN has a leading role and responsibility for finding a solution to end the violence. “The crimes against the people of Syria must stop. We support the efforts of the UN and the Arab League to end the civil war,” Paet stated. “Estonia will continue to contribute to the UNSMIS supervision mission in Syria in accordance with the mandate of the UN Security Council,” he added. Al-Nasser stated that on 2 August the General Assembly will once again vote on a resolution regarding Syria that was proposed by Saudi Arabia on behalf of the Arab group. Paet said that possible war crimes must also be investigated. “The UN must fulfil its leading role in order to end the violence and killing in Syria and to uncover the path towards stabilising the situation in Syria,” he added.</p><p>At their meeting, Paet and Al-Nasser also spoke about supporting the importance of rule of law in the world and Estonia’s work as the president of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC). “Priorities for Estonia are developing rule of law and fighting against impunity in the world,” said Paet. “As president of the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC, we feel it is essential to help new countries join the ICC and thereby achieve the global jurisdiction of the court,” he said.</p><p>Paet and Al-Nasser also talked about the reform of the UN General Assembly during their meeting. “We feel it is essential to increase the authority of the General Assembly and make its working methods more effective,” said Paet. “We also support carrying out debates on current topics and high-level meetings during the General Assembly – for example, the debate on the peaceful resolution of conflicts held at the beginning of the current assembly was very timely,” he added.</p><p>Today, 31 July, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Foreign Minister Paet also has meetings scheduled with UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman and UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous.<br><br><a href="http://tinyurl.com/d6otta2" target="_blank">Photos</a><br></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:58:33 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-815 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Met With UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-814 <p>Nr 221-E<br><br><br>While talking about the worsening situation in Syria at his meeting in New York yesterday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the UN has a leading role and responsibility for finding a solution to end the violence. “The crimes against the people of Syria must stop. By now the conflict has touched the lives of over two million people,” said Paet. “We support the efforts of the UN and the Arab League to end the civil war,” he added. Paet stated that Estonia will continue to contribute to the UNSMIS supervision mission in Syria in accordance with the mandate of the UN Security Council.</p><p>The UN Secretary-General stated that the continuation of armed fighting will not lead to a solution. “The further militarisation of the conflict will only extend the destruction and suffering and could pose a threat to Syria’s neighbours,” said Ban. “Each day that the violence continues, more and more Syrians are killed, tortured, or forced to leave their homes,” he added.</p><p>Foreign Minister Paet also introduced Estonia’s candidacy plans to be a member of the UN Human Rights Council this year and part of the UN Security Council in 2020. At the meeting Paet emphasised that Estonia feels that supporting the development of rule of law in the world is very important. “Estonia’s activities as president of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) are geared towards developing rule of law and fighting impunity in the world,” said Paet. “We feel it is essential to achieve the global jurisdiction of the court by getting as many countries as possible to join the ICC,” he said. Ban recognised Estonia’s contribution to developing the International Criminal Court. Paet once again extended an invitation to Ban to visit Estonia in the near future.</p><p>At the meeting the Estonian foreign minister also spoke to the UN Secretary-General about getting out of the economic crisis, sustainable development, and the UN sustainable development conference that took place at the end of June in Rio de Janeiro. “We support adherence to principles of sustainable development in economic development – making investments into education, technology, and a knowledge-based society,” Paet noted.</p><p>Foreign Minister Paet also met today with UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman.<br><br><a href="http://tinyurl.com/d7jzdml" target="_blank">Photos</a><br></p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:58:46 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-814 Estonia Helps Haiti Manage Cholera Epidemic http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-700 <P>Estonia is supporting the activities of UNICEF is alleviating the situation of residents of Haiti, particularly woman and children, during the cholera epidemic. To this end the Foreign Ministry is allocating nearly 60 000 euros to support UNICEF.</P><P jQuery1292617304930="5">Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the complicated humanitarian situation in Haiti, which suffered an earthquake at the beginning of this year, has gotten even worse as a result of the vast cholera epidemic that began in October. “Over 2 100 people have already died due to the epidemic, and nearly 45 000 have been taken to hospitals. The situation is very critical in regions that suffered as a result of the earthquake, where the need for humanitarian aid is especially great,” Paet emphasised. “In order to prevent the further spread of the epidemic, the clean water issue must be resolved and sanitary and hygiene problems must be improved,” he added. </P> <P jQuery1292617304930="7">The goal of UNICEF’s activities in Haiti is to improve the situation for people, especially women and children, living in temporary camps by increasing the availability of clean water and ensuring hygienic conditions. In order to help the million resettled residents, including 420 000 children and 300 000 women, UNICEF will need 18.8 million EUR.</P> <P>The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that took place on 12 January of this year and its aftershocks caused extensive destruction in Haiti and left 1.5 million people without homes, clean water, and normal sanitary conditions.</P> <P><BR>SPOKESPERSON’S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A></P> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 20:21:26 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-700 Estonia Chosen as Member of UN Women Executive Board http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-696 <P>On 10 November the UN Economic and Security Council chose Estonia as a member of the Executive Board of the newly created UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).</P><P jQuery1289490244985="5">The new UN agency, which was created on 2 July, will address women’s rights and equality issues all over the world and implement concrete and focused programmes for improving the situation of women in developing countries. The creation of the agency was preceded by six months of intense negotiations among the UN member states led by the ambassadors of Estonia and Tunisia in order to achieve an agreement on bringing together all of the UN sub-organisations addressing the rights of women under one agency. The agency UN Women, created under the leadership of Estonia and Tunisia, will be led by former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet. </P> <P>The Executive Board is the governing body of the UN Women agency, which supports the agency on behalf of the member states and monitors the agency’s activities. Estonia was chosen largely thanks to its visible past contributions to promoting women’s rights in the work of the UN. Estonia’s membership status in the Executive Board of the UN Entity for Gender Equality (UN Women) will last until the end of 2012. From 2007-2009 Estonia was the chairman of the Consultative Committee of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which is now a part of UN Women.</P> <P>There are a total of 41 UN member states on the executive board of UN Women, through which all the regions in the world are represented.</P> <P>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A><BR></P> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:42:51 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-696 Foreign Minister Paet: Estonia Feels Quick Reaction to Emergency Situations is Important http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-693 <P jQuery1285769970478="5">No. 297-E</P> <P>During his meeting in New York with UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that reacting quickly to emergency situations is important to Estonia. “We have done so this year after the disasters in Haiti in Pakistan, when we have helped to co-ordinate the delivery of aid to those who need it. There are Estonian experts working in Haiti and Pakistan right now, co-ordinating the distribution of aid,” said Foreign Minister Urmas Paet. “The construction of a field camp for 70 UN aid workers in the city of Sukkur in Pakistan was recently started with the help of some Estonian rescue experts,” Paet added. </P><P>The new UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos emphasised that co-operation with Estonian humanitarian aid co-ordinators and experts is good. “Our co-operation confirms that a contribution does not always have to be large financially in order to be effective,” said Amos.</P> <P>Foreign Minister Paet also introduced Estonia’s plans for participating in international aid activities. “With the draft of the state budget approved by the government last week, Estonia is taking an important step towards fulfilling our international responsibilities,” Paet said.</P> <P jQuery1285769970478="7">Foreign Minister Paet also met in New York with representatives of the American Jewish Committee, with whom he discussed the suspended Middle East peace process and its developments, as well as co-operation with the Jewish community in Estonia. “The Estonian Jewish community is active. The main Jewish organisation, the Estonian Jewish Community, functions in accordance with statutes that are a continuation of the Jewish cultural autonomy that was originally declared in 1926,” said Paet during the meeting. “Estonia has condemned all crimes against humanity, including the Holocaust. The Holocaust is taught in our school system, and during the past few years many Estonian teachers have had the opportunity to supplement their knowledge at courses organised by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum,” Paet noted.</P> <P>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A><BR></P> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:19:22 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-693 Foreign Minister Paet Met with His Colleagues from Georgia, Yemen and Lesotho http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-692 <P>No. 298–E</P> <P jQuery1285769877009="5">Within the framework of the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met in New York with Foreign Minister of Yemen Abu Bakr Abdallah al-Qirbi, Foreign Minister of Lesotho Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa, and Georgian Foreign Minister Gregory Vashadze.</P><P jQuery1285769877009="7">The meetings focused on opportunities for intensifying relations with Georgia, Yemen and Lesotho. With the foreign ministers of Yemen and Lesotho, Paet discussed matters related to developing economic co-operation and appointing reciprocal honorary consuls. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that in order to augment its relations and representation, Estonia would like to consistently expand its network of honorary consuls. “Estonia’s network of foreign representations is limited, but in many nations we are represented by and our citizens are aided by our active honorary consuls. We are interested in continuing to develop our network of honorary consuls and would like to find opportunities to appoint honorary consuls in Yemen and Lesotho,” said Paet. </P> <P>Estonian honorary consuls help Estonian citizens with consular issues in their country of residence and also facilitate cultural and economic contacts. More information about Estonia’s network of honorary consuls across the globe is available here: <A title=http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/taxonomy/term/155 href="http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/taxonomy/term/155">http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/taxonomy/term/155</A>.</P> <P>At the meetings with the foreign ministers of Yemen and Lesotho it was agreed to establish diplomatic relations between Estonia and Yemen and Estonia and Lesotho.</P> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:18:11 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-692 Foreign Minister Paet in New York: Fight Against Corruption is Prerequisite for Development of Society http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-683 <P>No. 296-E</P> <P>While performing at the Blouin Foundation conference in New York, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that two requirements for effective development co-operation are a significant reduction in corruption and the establishment of good governing standards in development co-operation partner countries.</P><P>Paet stated that giving aid to developing countries will remain less effective as long as sufficient steps are not taken in those countries to fight corruption and establish good governing standards and rule of law. “The goal of international development co-operation must be to fundamentally change our partner countries, not just constantly give them humanitarian aid. Without these kinds of profound changes, the motivation of donor nations to contribute to development aid will wane, and the financial fulfilment of development aid goals will be jeopardised,” Paet stressed. </P> <P jQuery1285606457601="6">At the conference, Paet gave the example that the European Union’s giving of development aid to third countries should conform to the EU’s values and political goals more than it has before. “Inevitably a question arises as to the efficiency of development aid if, for example, a country that receives consistent financial aid from the EU acts internationally in a way that is against the EU’s principles, or if it oppresses its citizens,” he added.</P> <P>The goal of the Blouin Foundation, which was founded in 2005, is to increase awareness of the challenges and opportunities of globalisation. This year’s conference was the fifth one organised by the foundation to act as a forum for think tanks dealing with leadership experiences, the academic world, international media, and state leaders.</P> <P>Today Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will meet in New York with UN Under-Secretary General and new chief of the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Valerie Amos. The focus of their meeting will be on the UN’s reaction capability in crisis situations and co-operation with donor nations. Foreign Minister Paet will also meet with representatives of the American Jewish Committee, with whom he will discuss the ongoing Middle East peace process and its developments, as well as co-operation with the Jewish community in Estonia.</P> <P>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A><BR></P> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:54:23 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-683 Estonian Foreign Minister Calls On UN to Support Women in Conflict Zones http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-682 <P>No. 295-E</P> <P jQuery1285606389553="5">Foreign Minister Urmas Paet spoke at the UN General Assembly conference dedicated to conflict zones and alleviating the situations of the women in them. Speaking at the conference along with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Finnish Minister Elisabet Rehn, and many other ministers, Paet emphasised that in order to improve the situation of women in conflict zones, increased attention and support will be required first.</P><P>Paet emphasised that women in armed conflict zones need help with getting by in everyday life as well as with improving their opportunities and security. “During the past few years Estonia has consistently carried out projects geared towards women, and our development co-operation projects have focused on women’s opportunities to protect their rights and on increasing women’s confidence and social activeness,” said Paet, explaining how Estonia has done its part. “For example, after the 2008 war in Georgia, Estonia sent psychologists to Georgia to counsel women and children suffering from war trauma. Our recent aid projects in Afghanistan have been geared towards improving the health-related knowledge of women there, as well as education. We also emphasise politics, in which women should play a greater role,” Paet stated. </P> <P jQuery1285606389553="7">At the conference marking the 10th anniversary of UN resolution 1325, which focuses on women and their security, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the broad spectrum of violence against women that takes place in conflict zones, from physical and sexual violence to psychological abuse. Ban also called upon the nations to be focused in their endeavours and to increase their resources for aiding women in conflict zones.</P> <P>This year’s UN General Assembly is focused on the Millennium Development Goals, particularly topics related to women, peace and security. Estonia is organising an international conference dedicated to the rights of women to take place in Tallinn in November, where the focus will be on women in specific conflict areas, especially Afghanistan.</P> <P>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A><BR></P> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 16:53:23 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-682 Foreign Minister Paet: People in Conflict Zones Need More Aid http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-679 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, who is in New York for a working visit, gave a speech in the UN General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals. In addition to the Estonian foreign minister, others who will be speaking at the conference dedicated to the Millennium Development Goals are UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, UN Development Chief Helen Clark, and many other state leaders and ministers. <P>Paet stressed that the ability to achieve the goals set for the year 2015 and ensure stability in the world are constantly coming under more doubt, since the schedule that was agreed upon internationally is not being followed. “We must take into consideration that a third of the world’s poor live in unstable states and currently over 42 million people are displaced by conflict. Confronting our economic difficulties is necessary in order to increase the stability of the whole world,” Paet said, emphasising the significance of achieving the goals. “This is why we should focus our primary development co-operation resources on conflict zones—alleviating the situations of women, children and men who live in them and guaranteeing their human rights,” said the Estonian foreign minister.</P> <P>Paet stressed that it is well-focused resources that will help to increase educational and health care opportunities for children, as well as the availability of clean drinking water. A rise in education would, in turn, help with awareness of serious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS. “Today’s information and communications technology advancements also play a role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” Paet stressed. As an example, Paet described the development co-operation projects through which Estonia introduces its e-state and e-government projects and helps to establish similar systems in Georgia, Moldova, Afghanistan, Palestine, and many other countries.</P> <P>The Millennium Development Goals programme is the first large-scale programme aimed at reducing poverty, inequality and discrimination. More information on the goals that are to be fulfilled by the year 2015: <A title=http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ href="http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/" jQuery1285162680383="8">http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/</A>.</P> <P>Estonia’s first development co-operation project began in 1998, and since then the Estonian Foreign Ministry has systematically developed its focus on and projects for development co-operation, along with its budget for development co-operation and humanitarian aid.<BR><BR>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654</P> Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:38:14 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-679 Estonia Supports Tough Monitoring of Nuclear Developments http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-665 <P>Meeting with executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Tibor Toth in New York, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia supports the work of the CTBTO in building up a verification regime for nuclear testing.</P><P>Paet stated that an effective monitoring system helps to achieve security regarding the appropriate use of nuclear energy and nuclear testing. “Uniting the restriction of nuclear arms and the ban on nuclear testing is necessary to increase the nuclear safety of the world, but it must happen alongside global security measures and monitoring systems being made more effective,” said Paet. “Building up the system will hopefully give additional security to nations that have not yet joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It is essential that the international community would be provided with information on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy,” noted the Estonian foreign minister.</P> <P>During his meeting with Toth, Paet confirmed that Estonia as a European Union member state actively supports the role of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) in restricting nuclear testing and in its monitoring work. Estonia also supports the work done to persuade countries to join the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.</P> <P>The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) was opened for signing in 1996. Estonia signed the agreement and it was ratified by the Riigikogu in 1999. The treaty will come into effect six months after it has been ratified by all 44 nations that possessed nuclear capability at the time of its creation.</P> <P>On Friday Paet will meet in Washington with World Bank director Robert Zoellick.<BR><BR>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654</P> Thu, 06 May 2010 16:04:36 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-665 Estonia Supports Advancing Nuclear Safety Monitoring http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-664 At the Review Conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the restriction of nuclear arms must take place alongside the formulation of security measures, so that transparency and security could be ensured in the civilian use of nuclear power as well.<P>Speaking at UN Headquarters, Paet noted that the Review Conference on Nuclear Non-Proliferation was taking place against a backdrop of positive developments in arms control in the world, but despite that we cannot allow ourselves to forget that quite a few nations have yet to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). “The renewed strategic arms reduction agreement between the United States and Russia is an important milestone for arms control that takes us a step closer to a safer world,” stated Paet. “However, we must be realists. This is why Estonia fully supports future nuclear security and the advancement of the monitoring systems that support it. Effective monitoring in nuclear testing and civilian use of nuclear energy is necessary,” said the Estonian foreign minister. </P> <P>Paet emphasised that looking into the future, there is great potential for the civilian use of nuclear energy. “The rapid growth of the use of nuclear fuel for civilian purposes deserves support for its environmental protection aspects,” said Paet. “Energy security and battling climate change continue to be important goals. Taking into account the explosively growing interest towards peaceful uses of nuclear energy, Estonia supports the establishment of a Low Enriched Uranium bank under the control of the IAEA,” he asserted.</P> <P>At the Review Conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that began this week, the primary topics that will be addressed are practical measures for nuclear disarmament; nuclear non-proliferation, including the promoting and strengthening of safeguards; measures to advance the peaceful use of nuclear energy; regional issues, such as the creation of a nuclear arms-free zone; measures to address withdrawal from the Treaty; the universality of the Treaty; and promoting disarmament education in the world.</P> <P>Within the framework of the NPT Review Conference, Foreign Minister Paet will meet with executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Tibor Toth and Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith.</P> <P>On Friday Paet will meet in Washington with World Bank director Robert Zoellick.</P> Wed, 05 May 2010 16:04:36 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-664 Mission of Estonian Experts in Haiti to Last Until End of April http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-653 <P>Due to the complicated humanitarian situation there, Estonia will soon be sending a medical worker and a mechanic to support the work of rescue teams in Haiti. According to Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, the mission of the medical worker and mechanic will last until the end of April. “The mission of the Estonian logistics experts currently in Haiti will last until the middle of February,” said Paet.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P><P>Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised that the humanitarian situation in Haiti continues to be very complicated. “In order for the aid that has been donated and that will continue to be donated to reach those in need, the international community must have close co-operation. Helping to co-ordinate aid is the goal of the Estonian logistics experts in Haiti,” stressed Paet. “At the same time, we must make plans for the reconstruction and restoration of Haiti as well,” he added. </P> <P>The aid that has been given by Estonia thus far to alleviate the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti totals 5.5 million kroons (352 500 EUR). Three million kroons (192 300 EUR) are reaching Haiti in the form of our and other international experts, and 2.5 million (160 000 EUR) were donated through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).</P> <P>To support the aid activities of international organisations, Estonia sent two 45 m2 tents with floors, furniture and lighting to Haiti, which are needed to provide temporary living and working space for the aid workers. Estonia has also sent an IT expert and a three-member logistics team with supplies to support the activities of the international organisations in Haiti. A member of the Estonian Rescue Service was working in Haiti as part of the European Union evaluation team.</P> <P>The European Commission has promised to support long-term reconstruction work in Haiti with 3.1 billion kroons (200 million EUR). The European Commission has allocated 468 million kroons (30 million EUR) for humanitarian aid in Haiti and the member states have bilaterally donated nearly 1.44 billion kroons (92 million EUR).</P> <P>SPOKESPERSON´S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR>+372 521 3085<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee" jQuery1265643330343="8">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A><BR></P> Sat, 06 Feb 2010 15:38:29 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-653 Estonian Foreign Minister Keynote Speaker at Meeting of UN Economic and Social Concil http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-627 <P><FONT class=punasuur>Estonian Foreign Minister Keynote Speaker at Meeting of UN Economic and Social Council</FONT></P><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=480 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD vAlign=top><FONT color=#000000></FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><IMG height=22 alt="" src="http://web-static.vm.ee/imgs/pix.gif" width=1 border=0></TD></TR> <TR> <TD class=musttava vAlign=top> <P> <P>In his opening keynote address at the high-level meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today, 6 July, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that unfortunately health standards all over the world are far from satisfactory and there is a great deal of work to be done before health care opportunities are sufficiently competent and accessible. <BR><BR>As the representative of the vice president of ECOSOC, Paet emphasised that in order to make progress in developing world health care and fulfil the Millennium Development Goals, international co-operation must be developed both in UN organisations and among governments, intergovernmental organisations, and businesses. <BR><BR>In his speech, Paet also gave examples of signs of progress in world health care. “Although the co-operation of the World Health Organisation and other international organisations has been successful in reducing child mortality and malnourishment, and steps have been taken towards fighting tuberculosis, HIV and malaria, the situation in sub-Saharan Africa is far from satisfactory,” said Paet. “Improving the health care situation continues to be the most complicated in conflict areas and nations with high HIV infection rates,” Paet noted. <BR><BR>Paet stated that child mortality is still very high in some countries. “This is also true of infant mortality and maternal death rates. Every year half a million young women die in childbirth or during pregnancy. Ninety-nine percent of these tragic occurrences take place in developing nations and could be preventable with timely treatment,” Paet added. <BR><BR>In talking about the global financial crisis, Foreign Minister Paet emphasised that developing nations have been the hardest hit by the crisis and their health care systems have been placed under even greater pressure. “The health care system is not merely a healing instrument,” said Paet. “Functioning health care systems help with the prevention of disease and social security, which is one of the first prerequisites for economic development and productivity,” emphasised the Estonian foreign minister, saying that the global economic crisis has made the need for better health care even more apparent than before. <BR><BR>To illustrate how Estonia is doing its part, Paet spoke about the development of the health care system in Helmand Province. “Our experience in Helmand shows that even in extreme circumstances, efforts can be made that significantly improve health care opportunities for local people,” Paet said about the work of the Estonian health care expert in Afghanistan. <BR><BR>The Economic and Social Council is the UN’s primary organ for dealing with economic and social issues. The ECOSOC’s mission is to advance economic development, the protection of human rights, and international co-operation in various social areas, as well as to co-ordinate the activities of UN special agencies, programmes and funds. The Council initiates or implements studies, offers suggestions, prepares conventions and organises international conferences. The 54 members of the ECOSOC are chosen by the UN General Assembly. <BR><BR>Estonia’s membership in the ECOSOC began on 1 January 2009 and will last for three years until 31 December 2011. On 15 January 2009 Estonia was chosen as a vice-president of the ECOSOC in the UN’s main headquarters in New York. <BR><BR>Additional information about the ECOSOC meeting in Geneva can be found at <A href="http://www.un.org/ecosoc">http://www.un.org/ecosoc</A>. </P></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> Mon, 06 Jul 2009 19:53:38 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-627 Estonia Becomes Vice President of UN Economic and Social Council http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-613 <P>Estonia was chosen to be a vice president of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at UN Headquarters in New York on 15 January. The function of vice president will be filled by Estonia's permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann. <BR><BR>The Economic and Social Council addresses many subjects that are important to Estonia, such as development co-operation, human rights, and humanitarian issues. Membership in the ECOSOC gives Estonia an opportunity to increase its visibility in the international arena, intensify relations with developing countries, and focus on the humanitarian aid sector. Estonia will also be able to continue being active in making equal rights and the advancement of the situation of women more prominent in the UN's development activities. <BR><BR>The Economic and Social Council is the UN's primary organ for dealing with economic and social issues. The ECOSOC's mission is to advance economic development, the protection of human rights, and international co-operation in various social areas, as well as to co-ordinate the activities of UN special agencies, programmes and funds. The Council initiates or implements studies, offers suggestions, prepares conventions and organises international conferences. The 54 members of the ECOSOC are chosen by the UN General Assembly. <BR><BR>In addition to Tiina Intelmann, the other vice presidents of the ECOSOC are representatives of Malaysia, El Salvador, and Mauritania. <BR><BR>Estonia's membership in the ECOSOC began on 1 January 2009 and will last for three years until 31 December 2011. <BR><BR>Estonia has also announced its candidacy to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council in 2012 and the UN Security Council in 2020. <BR><BR>Additional information about the ECOSOC can be found at <A href="http://www.un.org/ecosoc">http://www.un.org/ecosoc</A>.</P> <P>Spokesperson's Office <BR>+372 637 7654 <BR>+372 521 3085 <BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A></P> <P><BR><BR>&nbsp;</P> Mon, 19 Jan 2009 08:00:57 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-613 Paet and UN Secretary-General Discuss Gaza, Georgia, Fight against Piracy http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-596 <P>At his meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on the evening of Monday, 12 January, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet expressed hope that after the approval of the UN Security Council resolution on 8 January it will be possible for Gaza to establish a truce so that civilian deaths will end. <BR><BR>In addition to the situation in Gaza, Paet also discussed developments in Georgia, Afghanistan, Somalia and Congo, as well as Estonia's activities within the framework of the UN with the UN Secretary-General in New York. <BR><BR>At the meeting, Ban Ki-Moon stated that he was going on a six-day visit to the Middle East, during which he would visit eight nations with the goal of quickly achieving a lasting truce in Gaza. He said that after achieving a truce, it will be essential to focus on building up Gaza and establishing unity among the Palestinians, which would allow the peace process to move forward. <BR><BR>Paet also stated that the primary goals are guaranteeing the safety of civilians and that humanitarian aid has access to Gaza. “Estonia has given a million kroons' worth of aid for helping to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Gaza through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. A truce would allow for border crossings to be opened and the peace process to continue,” he said. <BR><BR>The UN Secretary-General affirmed the importance of Estonia's activities in helping Georgian reforms. Foreign Minister Paet said it is essential for the mandate of the UNOMIG (United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia), which ends in the middle of February, to be extended, because the Georgian security situation still requires the presence of international organisations. “The focus must be on building Georgia up after the war and increasing security, so that the nation could continue to make democratic reforms,” Paet asserted. <BR><BR>The issue of pirates in Somalia was also addressed at the meeting. Paet stated that the UN Security Council's decision that allows the international community to fight against pirates both in Somali waters and on the mainland is essential for limiting piracy. “Unfortunately, even some Estonian residents have been in the hands of pirates. Combating piracy in co-operation with the European Union and other nations is very important for Estonia,” he emphasised. </P> <P><IMG alt="Urmas Paet and Ban Ki-moon" src="http://web-static.vm.ee/static/failid/436/paet ja ki-moon.JPG" width=452 border=0><BR><BR>Ban Ki-moon stated that resolving Somalia's domestic political crisis also plays a major role in getting Somali piracy under control, as it would allow for the creation of a unified government. <BR><BR>Ban Ki-moon and Paet both emphasised the UN's role in supporting civil society and improving the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. The UN Secretary-General stated that the UN is expanding its activity in Afghanistan little by little, steadily reaching out into more provinces. <BR><BR>Paet asserted that Afghanistan is an essential development co-operation partner for Estonia, and Estonia is interested in the expansion of the UN mission's activities to the southern regions of Afghanistan. “The presence of the UN mission in all regions of Afghanistan would improve the co-ordination of development activities and political communication,” he added. <BR><BR>Spokesperson's Office <BR>+372 637 7654 <BR>+372 521 3085 <BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A></P> <P><BR><BR>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:27:38 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-596 Estonia Became Member of UN Economic and Social Council http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-584 <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=480 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD vAlign=top><FONT color=#000000></FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><IMG height=22 alt="" src="http://web-static.vm.ee/imgs/pix.gif" width=1 border=0></TD></TR> <TR> <TD class=musttava vAlign=top> <P>Estonia was chosen to be a member of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the first time at UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday, 22 October. Estonia’s membership in ECOSOC will begin on 1 January 2009 and last for three years, until 31 December 2011. <BR><BR>The Economic and Social Council addresses many issues that are important to Estonia, such as development co-operation, human rights, and humanitarian issues. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia can focus on humanitarian topics in ECOSOC, maintaining and enhancing our humanitarian aid reputation. “Our membership will also give Estonia a chance to increase its visibility in the international arena, intensify relations with developing countries, and continue being actively involved in advancing equal rights and the situation of women through UN development activities,” said the foreign minister. <BR><BR>The Economic and Social Council is the principal organ in the UN dealing with economic and social issues. ECOSOC is responsible for advancing economic development, human rights protection, and international co-operation in various social fields and to co-ordinate the activities of UN special agencies, programmes, and funds. The Council has the power to make or initiate studies, make recommendations, prepare conventions, and organise international conferences. ECOSOC’s 54 member states are chosen by the UN General Assembly. <BR><BR>Estonia has also submitted its candidacy to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council in 2012 and a member of the UN Security Council in 2020. <BR><BR>More information about ECOSOC can be found at: <A href="http://www.un.org/ecosoc/">http://www.un.org/ecosoc/</A><A href="http://www.un.org/ecosoc/"></A></P> <DIV>SPOKESPERSON´S OFFICE <BR>+372 637 7654 <BR>+372 52 13 085 <BR> <SCRIPT type=text/javascript>document.write('<' + 'a href="' + 'ma' + 'i' + 'lt' + unescape('%6f') + ':pressitalitus' + unescape(unescape('%25%34%30')) + 'mfa.ee' + '">pressitalitus' + unescape(unescape('%25%34%30')) + 'mfa.ee</a>');</SCRIPT> <A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A><NOSCRIPT>pressitalitus -[ätt]- mfa.ee</NOSCRIPT></DIV></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> Fri, 24 Oct 2008 18:33:52 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-584 High-Level Meeting on AIDS to take place in New York on 10-11 June http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-570 <P>The High-Level Meeting on the comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realising the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, adopted by the member states of the UN General Assembly, will take place in New York on 10-11 June 2008. <BR><BR>On&nbsp;6 November 2007, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Sgrjan Kerim nominated Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN, and Ambassador Samuel Outlule, Permanent Representative of Botswana to the UN, the co-facilitators of the preparatory process of the meeting. <BR><BR>Estonia is represented at the 10-11 June meeting by Ms. Maret Maripuu, Minister of Social Affairs of Estonia.</P> <P>Additional information on the High-Level Meeting is available at the web site of the President of the General Assembly at <A href="http://www.un.org/ga/president/62/issues/HLMonHIV.shtml" target=_blank>http://www.un.org/ga/president/62/issues/HLMonHIV.shtml</A></P> <P>UNAIDS web page at <A href="http://www.unaids.org/en/" target=_blank>http://www.unaids.org/en/</A> </P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 04 Jun 2008 08:06:42 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-570 Deputy Permanent Representative of the Estonian made a statement at the Interactive panel discussion on the occasion of International Justice Day http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1518 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:22:24 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1518 Permanent Representative of Estonia made a statement on behalf of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania at the Security Council open debate on Children and Armed Conflict http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1517 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 19:22:42 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1517 Permanent Representative of Estonia made a statement at the Arria-formula meeting on UNSC-ICC relations: achievements, challenges and synergies http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1516 Fri, 06 Jul 2018 19:21:39 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1516 Estonian Mission organized a summer party for the UN diplomats http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1511 <p class="MsoNormal">On the 28<sup>th</sup> of June Estonian Mission organized a summer party at the Estonian House to introduce Estonian culture and midsummer traditions. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">We are delighted that so 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Report of the SG on the Peacebuilding Fund http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1507 Wed, 23 May 2018 21:16:39 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1507 Permanent Representative of Estonia made a statement at the Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1506 Mon, 21 May 2018 21:14:43 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1506 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia made a statement at the Security Council open debate on upholding international law within the context of the maintenance of international peace and security http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1505 Wed, 16 May 2018 21:13:32 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1505 Prime Minister Ratas and the Secretary-General of the United Nations discussed military conflicts in Syria and Ukraine http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1493 New York, USA, 25 April 2018 – At yesterday’s meeting with António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas noted that the main objective in Syria is to end the horrible suffering of its people, ensure that humanitarian aid reaches those in need, and help people return to their homes safely.<br><br>“It is very difficult to come up with a solution to the political crisis in Syria, but we must aim to find one. The use of a monstrous chemical weapon on innocent people calls for an unbiased and independent investigation. People committing crimes against humanity must be held responsible,” said Ratas.<br><br>So far, Estonia has contributed 7 million euros to provide humanitarian aid to Syria. During this year and the next, additional 1.3 million euros will be contributed to alleviate the humanitarian needs of the local people and to improve the living situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. In addition, Estonia has accepted 173 Syrian refugees since 2015.<br><br>In Eastern Ukraine, the conflict has directly affected the lives of five million people, about 3.8 million of whom require humanitarian aid for daily subsistence. There are also approximately 1.6 million internally displaced persons in Ukraine.<br><br>“The state of Ukraine and people of Ukraine have the right to staunchly demand the restoration of their territorial integrity and respect for their sovereignty. Estonia will continue to support Ukraine however possible,” Ratas confirmed. “Ensuring peace and people’s security is the first priority. Unfortunately, hostilities in Eastern Ukraine have intensified instead of decreasing and the humanitarian situation is still extremely dire. The world must not accept neither the events occurring in Ukraine nor the suffering of innocent people,” the prime minister emphasised.<br><br>Ukraine has been Estonia’s priority of development cooperation for nearly 20 years. Since 1998, Estonia has supported the development of Ukraine with 11 million euros and last year, more than 40 projects were in progress.<br><br>While in New York, Ratas also met Adama Barrow, President of the Gambia, and Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic. During the meetings, Ratas confirmed that Estonia is willing to support the development of both the Gambia and the Central African Republic by sharing its e-governing experiences. The prime minister also introduced Estonian goals for applying for the non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council for 2020–2021.<br><br>Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4r94sxox4ce7la5/AABDH38IU1hKMunLbpGEQ9gZa?dl=0 <div class="img"> <a href="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/031/ratas_guterres.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/031/t_ratas_guterres.jpg" /></a></div> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:47:49 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1493 Prime Minister Ratas in the UN: our main goal is to prevent conflicts and crises http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1492 New York, USA, 24 April 2018 – At today’s high-level meeting on peacebuilding, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas acknowledged that while peacebuilding and sustaining peace are of vital importance, it still means that we are dealing with consequences. Ratas found that to make the world a safer and better place, we must find more efficient ways to focus on addressing the root causes of conflicts and crises.<br><br>“Inequality and political, social or economic exclusion are among the most common reasons leading to internal violent conflict,” said Ratas today at the UN’s first high-level meeting on peacebuilding. “Therefore, democratic governance, rule of law, protection of human rights and transparent, accountable state institutions are essential for achieving stability and peace,” said the prime minister.<br><br>Ratas added that it is also important to recognize the crucial role of women and the youth in sustaining peace. The rights of women and children and ensuring their equal rights in education, employment, and the society is one of the main priorities of Estonia’s foreign policy in the field of human rights.<br><br>Estonia currently participates in three peacekeeping missions of the UN and was a member of the peacebuilding committee last year. Estonia annually contributes to the United Nation’s Peacebuilding Fund with 75,000 euros. The fund supports the UN’s projects in 20 to 30 countries, including Africa’s Sahel region, Liberia, South Sudan, etc. The main goals include the execution of peace agreements, peaceful solving of conflicts, restoration of the economy, and supporting the creation of government structures.<br><br>Today, the Prime Minister has a separate meeting with António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, to discuss conflicts and humanitarian crises in Syria and Ukraine. Meetings are also planned with Adama Barrow, President of the Gambia, and Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic.<br><br>Full statement: http://www.un.estemb.org/statements_articles/aid-1489<br><br>More information about the United Nations’ meeting on peacebuilding and sustaining peace is available at https://www.un.org/pga/72/event-latest/sustaining-peace/<br><br>Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4r94sxox4ce7la5/AABDH38IU1hKMunLbpGEQ9gZa?dl=0 <div class="img"> <a href="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/090/ratas_at_sustainin_peace_high-level_meeting.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/090/t_ratas_at_sustainin_peace_high-level_meeting.jpg" /></a></div> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:39:30 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1492 Estonian Prime Minister Ratas to attend High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace in New York and meet with the UN Secretary-General http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1488 Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will take part in the PGA High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace on 24 April. Prime Minister Ratas will also meet the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.<br><br>In recent years the UN has assessed its organisational activities so far in the areas of peacebuilding and achieving sustainable peace. The high-level meeting convened by the President of the General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák involves discussions on how to better prevent conflicts, raise the funding level of peacebuilding activities and make the UN’s work in the area more efficient.<br><br>Estonia is increasingly engaged in UN peacebuilding activities and was a member of the Peacebuilding Commission last year. Since 2013, Estonia has supported the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund with 75,000 euros each year.<br><br>More information about the meeting and broadcast is available at https://www.un.org/pga/72/event-latest/sustaining-peace/. <br><br>Ratas will also have a separate meeting with the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who has stated conflict prevention as the primary goal of the UN. Meetings are also taking place with Adama Barrow, the president of Gambia, and Faustin-Archange Touadéra, the President of the Central African Republic.<br><br>With its 193 member states, the UN is engaged with ensuring peace, security, development and human rights all over the world. Estonia is an active member of the UN and is running for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2020–2021.<br><br> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:18:36 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1488 UN commends Estonia for its contribution to demining activities in areas liberated from Daesh http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1480 Today, on the International Mine Awareness Day, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has commended Estonia for its contribution to the mine action activities in areas liberated from Daesh in Iraq and Syria.<br><br>“We are pleased to receive an additional contribution from the Republic of Estonia, which will undoubtedly support the critical work of UNMAS and contribute to better coordination and delivery of critical emergency response to explosive hazards.” Mr. Pehr Lodhammar, Senior Programme Manager of UNMAS Iraq stated. In February, Estonia allocated additional €24,000 for UNMAS. From 2016-2018, Estonia has contributed €73,000 in support of mine action activities in areas liberated from Daesh in Iraq and Syria.<br><br>“Demining activities are necessary and costly and require international cooperation” Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said confirming Estonia’s future support for UNMAS. “UNMAS helps to restore safety in areas of conflict so that civilians can return home,” he added.<br><br>Mikser emphasised the importance of raising awareness among locals and helping the victims of explosives and praised UNMAS for its dedication.<br><br>Since 2004, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia has donated €160,000 to UNMAS, making Estonia one of the biggest contributors from central and eastern Europe.<br><br>*UNMAS ehk United Nations Mine Action Service, additional information www.mineaction.org/unmas<br><br>UNMAS press release: http://www.uniraq.org/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=8807:estonia-renews-its-assistance-to-rehabilitation-and-reconstruction-efforts-through-support-to-explosive-hazard-response&amp;Itemid=605&amp;lang=en<br><br>Additional information:<br><br>Sandra Kamilova<br>Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br>Communication Department<br>56675362<br>press@mfa.ee Wed, 04 Apr 2018 16:26:42 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1480 Estonian Mission to organize a briefing on the Partnership Data for SDGs initiative http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1477 The Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations, UN-DESA, UN Office for Partnerships, and UN Global Compact invite you to a briefing on the Partnership Data for SDGs initiative, on 3 April 2018, 1.15 – 2.30 PM, Conference Room 11, UNHQ.<br>&nbsp;<br>The Partnership Data for SDGs (PD4SDGs) initiative aims at improving the transparency, accountability and the sharing of experiences of the work being carried out by multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments in their support to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).<br>&nbsp;<br>The briefing will inform member States and other stakeholders about the objectives of the initiative, followed by an open dialogue with questions and answers.<br>&nbsp;<br>Open to all with UN Grounds pass. <br>&nbsp;<br>For questions, please contact Mr. Ola Goransson&nbsp; (goranssono@un.org) at UN DESA.<br>&nbsp; Fri, 30 Mar 2018 14:58:05 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1477 Estonian Defence Minister Luik at the UN: peacekeepers are threatened by cyber attacks http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1476 Minister of Defence of Estonia Jüri Luik met on 29 April, in New York, with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, and Miroslav Jenča, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Luik also took part in the meeting between the biggest contributing countries to UN peacekeeping.<br><br>At the meeting with the biggest contributing countries to UN peacekeeping, Minister Luik discussed the key problems with carrying out UN peacekeeping operations, and introduced Estonia’s objectives in applying for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.<br><br>According to Luik, as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, one of Estonia’s objectives would be to place greater emphasis on crisis prevention by the UN, which would save resources and lives.<br><br>At the same time, Luik noted that when carrying out peacekeeping missions it is important to provide mission leaders with clear regulations governing the use of military force, which would provide protection for UN Blue Helmets in an increasingly complex security situation and would also allow for the defence of local civilians.<br><br>Luik emphasised the need to use innovate solutions more extensively in ensuring peace and security. ‘Today, peacekeeping operations are vulnerable to cyber-attacks, a possibility we must better prepa<br><br>At the meeting with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, and Miroslav Jenča, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, the common emphasis was on the need to focus greater attention towards ensuring UN peacekeeping security during operations.<br><br>re ourselves for, even within the context of the UN,’ he added.<br><br>UN peacekeeping reform was also discussed at the meeting, along with further steps towards reducing bureaucracy and the delegation of greater responsibility to mission leaders in crisis areas.<br><br>Further information: press@kaitseministeerium.ee Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:55:01 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1476 Estonian Defence Minister Luik at UN Security Council open debate: UN peacekeeping must be modernised http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1473 Today, at the UN Security Council open debate on enhancing the efficiency of peacekeeping missions, in New York, Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik said that the current principles governing the carrying out of UN peacekeeping missions must be modernised. In the new security environment there are no clear dividing lines, with the case often being peace-building rather than peacekeeping.<br><br>‘It should be noted that in comparison with missions carried out in other crisis hotspots, UN peacekeeping units are often inadequately equipped and prepared,' said Luik.<br><br>Following the bilateral meeting on operations support with Atul Khare, Under-Secretary General for the United Nations Department of Field Support, Luik stated that the successful execution of peacekeeping missions requires that Security Council mandates be more realistic and take into consideration the characteristics of a specific crisis.<br><br>He said that granting greater decision-making power to unit commanders present in crisis areas would also be of benefit, whose recommendations could also be taken into greater consideration when preparing mandates.<br><br>Estonia is currently participating in three peacekeeping missions – UNIFIL in Lebanon, UNTSO in the Middle East, and MINUSMA in West Africa – with a total of 44 servicemen.<br><br>‘A stable and peaceful international security environment is essential to Estonia. This is why we have always taken peacekeeping missions seriously and supported them within the limits of our abilities,' added Luik.<br><br>Minister of Defence Luik also met bilaterally with Hamed Bakayoko, Minister of Defence for Ivory Coast, to discuss UN Security Council topics. Minister Bakayoko welcomed Estonia's future contribution to the French led operation Barkhane.<br><br>In addition, Luik gave a speech today at the Institute for International Peace Studies on the topic of the European security situation in the current century.<br><br>Tomorrow, Luik will be meeting bilaterally with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, and Miroslav Jenča, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.<br><br>Full speech at the open debate: http://www.un.estemb.org/statements_articles/aid-1472<br> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 12:27:22 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1473 Invitation to IPI event European Security in the 21st Century Featuring H.E. Mr. Jüri Luik, Minister of Defense of Estonia http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1471 The International Peace Institute (IPI) together with the Estonian Mission to the UN are pleased to invite you to a conversation with H.E. <b>Mr. Jüri Luik, Minister of Defense of Estonia, on cyber security and the current European security environment</b>. This event will take place at IPI on <b>Wednesday, March 28 from 8:30am to 10:00am</b>. 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From sophisticated social media campaigns and targeted information warfare to ostensible meddling in electoral processes, cyber security has become a major concern for governments around the world. More than ten years after the world’s first major, state-targeted cyber-attack, Estonia has become a global heavyweight in cyber security.<br><br>H.E. Mr. Jüri Luik has served as the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Estonia since June 12, 2017. Minister Luik has played a significant role in Estonia’s foreign and security policy since the early 1990s. In 1992, he was elected to the Estonian Parliament and held numerous top-level cabinet positions for over a decade, notably as Minister of Defense (1993, 1999-2002) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1994-1995). Minister Luik has also had a long career in diplomatic service. He has served as the Ambassador to NATO (1996-1999), Ambassador to the United States (2003-2007), Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council (2007-2012), and Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2015). Mon, 26 Mar 2018 20:07:41 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1471 Foreign Minister of Estonia Sven Mikser visited New York from 7-8 March 2018 http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1470 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser had a very successful visit to New York from 7-8 March 2018. <br><br>Minister Mikser met with UNDP administrator Achim Steiner and discussed the importance of digital solutions in achieving the SDGs. He had a meeting with the UN Special Representative for International Migration Louise Arbour with whom he discussed the current situation in global migration. <br><br>Minister Mikser also gave an interview on peacebuilding and sustaining peace to the International Peace Institute and exchanged ideas with the executive director of the Security Council Report Ian Martin. <br><br>Foreign Minister had meetings with the Ambassadors of the Pacific Small Islands Developing States and the Arab Group. During his visit Minister Mikser hosted a reception to celebrate 100 years of Estonia’s independence. <br><br>He also had a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Australia Julie Bishop who was visiting New York at the same time. Ministers discussed the opening of the Australian pop-up embassy in Tallinn. Fri, 09 Mar 2018 20:26:20 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1470 IPI together with Inclusive Security and the Permanent Mission of Estonia will co-hoste a policy forum on constitution making in the wake of conflict and unrest http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1468 On Monday, March 26th, IPI together with Inclusive Security and the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations, are cohosting a policy forum on constitution making in the wake of conflict and unrest.<br><br>Even as fighting rages in Syria, constitution making has become part of the peace process. In Sri Lanka, constitutional reform could address a conflict’s root causes or deepen war’s old wounds.<br><br>Constitution making is a frequent feature of peace and transition processes: new research from Inclusive Security finds 75 countries undertook significant constitutional reform in the wake of conflict or unrest between 1990 and 2015. Yet the potential for constitution making to transform conflict depends, in part, on who gets to participate. Despite increasing emphasis on inclusive approaches, only one in five constitution drafters in these settings is a woman.<br><br>How does constitution making relate to peacebuilding? What are the challenges and opportunities for inclusive constitutional reform in practice? Where have women exerted influence on the process, and what impact did they have?<br><br>This event will explore research and case studies on women’s roles in constitution making; personal experiences of facilitating participatory approaches in Tunisia and Nepal; and implications for peace and security in Syria, Sri Lanka, and beyond.<br><br>Welcoming Remarks:<br>H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN<br><br>Speakers:<br>Ms. Mariam Jalabi, Founding Member, Syrian Women’s Political Movement; Representative, Syrian Opposition Coalition Office to the United Nations<br>Ms. Amira Yahyaoui, Founder, Al Bawsala<br>Mr. Rohan Edrisinha, Senior Political and Constitutional Advisor, UN Department of Political Affairs<br>Ms. Marie O’Reilly, Director of Research and Analysis, Inclusive Security<br><br>Moderator:<br>Dr. Sarah Taylor, Research Fellow, International Peace Institute<br><br>More info: https://www.ipinst.org/2018/03/inclusive-constitution-making-path-to-peace?utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=organic_social&amp;utm_campaign=US_IPI_outreach_events&amp;utm_content=link<br> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:48:36 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1468